What is pigmentation?

Melanocytes are cells in your body that create melanin. Melanin is a substance that gives your skin and hair its color. Your skin color, or pigmentation, is determined by how much melanin you have. If your skin is dark, you have more melanin than someone who has lighter skin.

What are some different types of skin pigmentation conditions?

Pigmentation issues can affect just a patch of skin or your entire body. Some of the most common skin pigmentation issues include:

  • Freckles
  • Age spots
  • Vitiligo
  • Sebaceous hyperplasia
  • Albinism
  • Hemangiomas
  • Tinea versicolor
  • Idiopathic guttate hypomelanosis

Discolorations and skin pigment conditions can occur in many forms. In your consultation with Dr. Ghosh, she will identify the specific pigmentation problem you have before determining a treatment plan.

What causes facial and skin pigmentation conditions?

While the color of your skin is determined by melanin, too much or too little melanin creates skin pigmentation issues. Other causes include:

  • Excessive sun exposure
  • Atypical blood vessel groupings
  • Fungus
  • Pregnancy
  • Long-term use of certain skin cleansers
  • Medications

Illness and injury can also contribute to uneven skin tone, discoloration, and other skin pigmentation conditions.

How are skin pigmentation conditions treated?

Aesthetics and Laser Wellness recommends laser therapy with the CynosureⓇ Icon to treat your skin pigmentation conditions. In your private room at Aesthetics and Laser Wellness, Dr. Ghosh preps your skin and deploys the Icon’s photorejuvenation technology.

Intense light beams target your trouble areas. The focused heat sends signals to your body to initiate a healing response, so collagen production ramps up. New collagen refreshes your skin and diminishes the appearance of freckles, dark spots, red patches, white spots, and other pigmentation problems.

Does laser treatment for pigmentation conditions hurt?

Most people don’t experience any pain with laser treatment. While the laser is at work, it feels like a rubber band snapping against your skin, or a small pinch. It may be slightly uncomfortable for a few brief moments, but it doesn’t hurt. There is no downtime and you can return to your everyday activities immediately.

To learn more about how to improve the look of pigmentation conditions, call the office at Aesthetics and Laser Wellness or book an appointment online.