Hyperpigmentation is a term used to describe places on the skin that are darker than the surrounding skin. Since these spots are more likely to develop as a person ages, they are often referred to as age spots. They are also frequently called sunspots because exposure to the sun over time can cause them as well. Fortunately, BBL treatments can be used at our office in Wayzata to reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentation.
The substance in the skin that gives it pigmentation is called melanin. Exposure to the sun stimulates the body to produce more melanin. As it does, the result is darkening of the skin in the form of a tan. Over time, the body’s ability to regulate melanin production decreases. The end result is that the melanin is not evenly spread out within the skin. This condition manifests itself in the form of dark spots.
Acne can cause dark spots to develop on the skin also. This is known as post inflammatory hyperpigmentation, and it shows up after the acne has healed.
At times, women can be subject to hyperpigmentation during pregnancy. When this happens, it is usually in the form of patchy spots on the skin and is referred to as melasma.
Hyperpigmentation can be a symptom of a number of diseases as well. Other things that can cause it include mercury poisoning and exposure to certain chemicals.
The use of broadband light (BBL) has become a widely recognized treatment option in recent years. During BBL treatments, light energy is delivered through a special unit that is passed over the skin. It will heat the skin’s upper layers, which will then stimulate the skin to produce new collagen. The process will give the skin a level of firmness that was present in the younger years. It will also even out the skin tones by blending the colors. Hence, the age spots or sunspots are no longer visible.
During treatment, your eyes may be covered to protect them against the light pulses that are delivered to the skin in the course of the treatment. You may also feel a snapping sensation similar to the snap of a rubber band against the skin. This is normally not so severe as to require anesthesia.
The number of treatments that are required for the successful removal of the hyperpigmentation spots will vary from individual to individual. You should, however, expect to receive a series of treatments before the program is complete.
If you have age spots or sunspots that you would like to see removed, you should ask our team at Wayzata Cosmetic Surgery and Spa if BBL treatments would likely give you the results you desire. Our office is located in Wayzata. Contact us today to schedule a consultation to learn more.