Hypopigmentation after Laser

Hypopigmentation after Laser

Essential Aesthetics
09/30/2022

Hypopigmentation, loss of skin pigment

Hypopigmentation is a deficiency of melanin or skin pigment cells where certain areas of the skin look paler than the surrounding skin. Melanin is a natural pigment that gives your skin, hair, and eyes their color. When skin cells do not produce enough melanin, lighter patches of skin appear.

Causes of Hyperpigmenation

The most common cause of hypopigmentation is skin damage, including burns, infections, blisters, and chemical exposure. As these wounds heal, scars that are lighter than the surrounding skin may emerge. The most frequently reported unwanted effect of laser treatment is hyperpigmentation.

What procedures induce hyperpigmentation?

Various skin treatments, such as fractional laser skin resurfacing, Laser Intense Photo light, advanced dermabrasion, and deep chemical peels, may also cause hypopigmentation. Additionally, fungal infections or skin disorders like psoriasis and eczema can bring about hypopigmentation.

Can hypopigmentation be inherited?

In some cases, hypopigmentation may be caused by rare genetic disorders — namely, Albinism, Pityriasis alba, and Vitiligo. The absence of pigment cells might also appear as a result of a lack of melanin, scaly patches, or an autoimmune disorder.

Is hyperpigmentation treatable?

Causes of skin injury are taken into account while deciding how to treat hypopigmentation. When hypopigmentation occurs after undergoing a laser, laser-induced hypopigmentation, or after a chemical peel procedure, specialized care may be necessary. As scars heal and recover, melanin production in skin cells gradually resumes within 6-12 weeks. The time it takes for hypopigmentation to fade after laser treatment varies from patient to patient.

What are treatment options for areas of hypopigmented?

Laser IPL, tattoo removal, and skin resurfacing are all viable options for treating hypopigmentation. UV light from specifically made lamps is used in these treatments.

How do we prevent further skin damage?

Patches of hypopigmented skin are especially vulnerable to sun damage. Therefore, sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 should protect the affected areas.

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