Are you a sun lover? Is lying in the sun at every opportunity your hobby? Be aware that there is a strong link between dark spots on your skin and exposure to the sun. Pigmentation spots can also be congenital or influenced by the hormones in your body, but these spots can be deepened by prolonged exposure to the sun.
Pigmentation is your skin color, and skin usually gets its color from melanocytes or pigment cells that produce melanin. Melanin is the protein that provides hair, skin, and eyes with their color. Skin pigmentation disorder affects the skin’s light or dark color. When injured, sick, or with skin problems, your skin color may change and become darker (hyperpigmentation) or lighter (hypopigmentation) in areas.
An increase in melanin causes an increase in pigmentation problems. In pregnancy or if you have Addison’s disease (decreased adrenal gland function), there may be more of a production of melanin and hyperpigmentation. Pigmentation problems can also be caused by certain drugs, antibiotics, antiarrhythmics, and antimalarial drugs.
If you show signs of a pigmentation disorder, it might just be more than a nuisance. Generally, pigmentation isn’t harmful and is not a sign of a severe medical condition. However, pigmentation conditions can persist and spread. You may discover that your dark spots are changing in size, and instead of just your social life being negatively affected, pigmentation becomes an indication of a medical issue.
If you are plagued by pigmentation, there is a non-invasive remedy, has little downtime, and is perfectly safe. Perhaps you have heard of laser treatments for pigmentation problems. If so, don’t listen to the old stories that lasers harm the skin. When a laser is used in the hands of a trained technician and an elite next-level laser is used, pigmentation problems can be solved.
If you are looking for blemish-free skin, ask for the StarWalker Q-switched laser system. The device has improved efficiency and power to treat:
- Vascular lesions. Lasers can reduce the appearance of pigmented and vascular lesions on the backs of your hands and your face. The laser sends waves to specific areas, and the targeted blood vessels and dark spots absorb the energy. The pigment is broken down in the deep layers of your skin. The result is smooth, younger-looking skin.
- Acne scars. The StarWalker uses ND:YAG laser beams that target overactive oil glands. This energy reduces oil production and prevents the inflammation that causes acne. The same laser uses ER:YAG, which removes layers of scarred tissues. The laser triggers skin healing and helps to produce new tissues and protein. The result? You have softer and smoother skin.
- Lighten your dark spots. Technicians can use lasers on the body, face, and underarms to lighten skin complexion and reduce dark spots.
- Pigmented lesions. Because the StarWalker has four wavelengths in one system, it treats moles, sunspots, freckles, and age spots. StarWalker can even treat melasma without ablating the skin.
- Rosacea. If you experience rosacea, it is a chronic skin condition that can be mistaken for an allergic reaction or even acne. The nose, cheeks, forehead, and chin are reddened with rosacea, and it can affect anyone. Laser treatments for rosacea are safe and effective in treating red, thickened skin, and visible blood vessels.
Laser Treatments for Pigmentation
Lasers provide fast, safe, and painless treatments and work for all skin types and colors. New technologies and features help deliver the desired smooth effect.
StarWalker’s Q-Switched laser technology is unique and delivers four wavelengths. The 14 modalities in the laser give it the power to treat various problems. Your technician adjusts power and pulse duration according to what area is being treated.
Full power energy is delivered in short bursts delivered in trillionths of a second, and the beam can reach up to 10J of energy. The power and speed of the laser treatments make it less painful, and small spot sizes can be treated. The laser technology is adjusted to suit specific skin types.
SkinVolution Laser, Vein, & MedSpa in Glendale, AZ uses the StarWalker Laser by Fontana specifically for magical results. StarWalker is a third-generation technology using photoacoustic rather than photothermolysis energy. It sounds like science fiction, but acoustic shockwaves, rather than heat, beams apart skin pigments that cause pigmentation. Once these particles are broken down, they are carried out of the body through the lymphatic system.
Depending on your pigmentation problems, you may need at least 2-3 treatments with three weeks between each treatment. Most laser treatments can take only 15 to 20 minutes, depending on the size of the area being treated. Many patients state that laser treatments feel similar to a rubber band snapping sensation. If you find the sensation intolerable, talk to your technician.