Melasma and Hyperpigmentation

Nobody likes dark spots on their skin. Whether it be moles, freckles, melasma, or age and sun spots, blemished skin can cause you to look older and more worn than you truly are. 

Laser and intense pulsed light therapies at Skincredible can help to remove and reduce the appearance of spots and hyperpigmentation, leaving your skin lighter, clearer and unblemished – and showing far less years.

Pigmented lesions have become an increasingly common concern amongst many patients. Life cycle and hormonal changes can affect the distribution of melanin (color) in our skin, leading to the appearance of a variety of different types of pigmented lesions including moles, freckles, age and sun spots, or melasma (dark, patchy facial discolorations). 

While some pigmented lesions are present at birth, sun damage and aging often play a role in their development as well. Whether caused by sun exposure, genetics or other factors, the result is the same – an uneven, blemished skin tone leaving you looking far older than you really are.

Skincredible’s laser and intense pulsed light (IPL) treatments, utilizing Alma® Lasers’ Harmony® XL platform, remove the appearance of spots and skin hyperpigmentation by selectively targeting the specific melanin in the darkened area and dispersing it. 

Photo acoustic shockwaves are delivered to the target area through high laser intensities in nanosecond pulses breaking up the melanin in pigmented lesions while keeping the epidermis intact. As the area heals, the immune system naturally flushes away the damaged pigmented cells revealing lighter, unblemished skin.

Treatments are generally quick, pain-free and do not require any down time following the procedure. Treated dark spots and areas of hyperpigmentation can be expected to initially darken for up to seven days. Following that period, treated areas generally lighten or vanish altogether. 

A complete treatment protocol is generally spread out over three to five sessions, scheduled approximately four to six weeks apart.

Though most pigmented lesions are harmless and can be addressed at Skincredible, we advise all patients to monitor any changes of shape, size or color and to report any odd or noticeable lesions to either their Skincredible provider or dermatologist immediately.