All Things Pigment: Part 2
One of our more recent blogs, All Things Pigment: Part 1, talked about everyone’s least favorite post-summer subject: pigmentation. From what it is to how it’s caused, I provided some insights into hyperpigmentation 101 and the steps patients can take to avoid skin discoloration and irritation. Now, for part two of our series, I’m diving into how you can treat pigmentation in the skin through the various products and treatments available at Seiler Skin.
Can all pigmentation be treated the same?
While there are certain products and treatments we typically recommended for treating hyperpigmentation, no single one (or combination of things) is right for every single patient. Everyone’s skin is different, from the complexion to skin type, and therefore requires a tailored approach to addressing pigmentation. It also depends on the severity of the hyperpigmentation and what may have caused it, whether it be sun damage, hormone imbalance, inflammatory conditions or scarring.
Why should I go to Seiler Skin over other practices?
Many practices use the same approach to treating pigmentation for every patient, prescribing a routine list of products and treatments that only attempt to address the issue at its surface. We know that hyperpigmentation is often the symptom of a deeper skin issue, such as sun damage or acne, meaning this formulaic approach only puts a bandaid on the problem. My team and I consult with each patient to assess their specific needs and options rather than try to give them a one-size-fits-all solution. By addressing the actual cause of the pigmentation, we can deliver the results you want and help you achieve full skin wellness.
What are common treatments for addressing hyperpigmentation?
The primary type of treatment used for pigmentation and discoloration is laser/light treatment. It’s important to remember there are a variety of different laser technologies and each is used to treat different types of issues and skin types. Fraxel is one of the more common lasers we use and is non-ablative, meaning it doesn’t actually remove any of the skin when used. IPL is another option that uses multiple wavelengths of light to remedy red and brown skin discolorations, a common form of hyperpigmentation from sun or scar damage.
Another treatment we use at Seiler Skin is the Fotona Q-Switch ND:YAG laser, which uses ultra-fast pulses of laser energy as opposed to heat to break up pigment. Finally, there’s CO2 Laser Skin Resurfacing, the most intense laser treatment we offer that addresses sun damage, skin texture and more.
Are laser treatments safe and effective? Are there other options available?
First, rest assured that you’re in the best hands when you enter our doors. I conduct a thorough consultation with each patient to determine if laser treatment is right for them by assessing the person’s skin and concerns. I will never recommend a laser treatment that would not effectively and safely help someone achieve their skin health goals. Plus, my team and I are thoroughly trained in the laser technologies we use and know how to use them safely and effectively. Every patient who walks through our doors can trust they’re getting the best care possible.
Secondly, yes — there are non-laser options! We offer an array of medical-grade skincare products that reduce and improve the appearance of hyperpigmentation. All of our products come from brands that I’ve hand selected myself, meaning they’ve passed my quality test for top tier ingredients and proven results.
Which products are best for pigmentation?
There are a variety of products designed to help with hyperpigmentation and each can be integrated into your daily skincare regimen based on our team’s recommendations. Here are just a few of the products we suggest:
- Perfect Bleaching Cream: this 4% hydroquinone is a patient favorite that restores skin tone by lightening pigmentation irregularities.
- Renewal Retinol 0.5: improves cellular turnover diminishing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles as well as improving skin tone and discoloration.
- Revision C+ Correcting Complex: supports the body’s natural production of Vitamins C and E which help combat discoloration.
- SkinCeuticals Discoloration Defense: daily dark spot corrector formulated with anti-discoloration ingredients.
Hyperpigmentation may be a common occurrence, but our team has the products, treatments and knowledge needed to improve the look and appearance of your skin. It’s important you explore the different options available to you and consult with skincare experts who will match you with the right treatment plan or regimen. If you’re ready to say bye-bye to pigmentation and discoloration, book an appointment at Seiler Skin or call us today at 205.870.0204!