Hyperpigmentation can significantly age the face. In fact, one study involving ordinary observers who rated “photoshopped” images of middle-aged women has suggested that skin discoloration such as freckles and sunspots could age the face more than fine lines and wrinkles.
Fortunately, there is a newer technology called BBL Photofacial that can effectively treat hyperpigmentation. While it uses intense pulsed light (IPL) to penetrate the skin just like a laser treatment does, it only reaches and targets the skin layer where the discoloration occurs.
The ideal candidates for BBL Photofacial have the following skin conditions:
- Broken capillaries that appear as red filaments (spider veins)
- Uneven skin pigmentations
- Age spots
- Acne and acne scars
Causes of Hyperpigmentation
Before we delve into how BBL Photofacial works, it makes sense to first understand how hyperpigmentation occurs. This skin condition is often caused by excess production of melanin, which gives the skin its color.
Over-production of melanin is triggered by the cumulative effects of sun exposure; hence, your sunbathing and tanning treatments 10 or even 20 years ago may only translate into unsightly skin discolorations once you hit your thirties or forties. Hormones, contraceptive pills, inflammation, and skin injuries such as those caused by acne can also worsen this condition.
Common Treatment Areas
While the treatment is more commonly used on the face, practically it can be applied to any area of the body with darker pigmentations. These can include sunspots and freckles, as well as any redness caused by from rosacea and broken vessels. These skin conditions typically affect the face, neck, shoulders, and hands.
How BBL Photofacial Works
The light penetrates the skin and targets brown and red spots thanks to its specific range of wavelengths. Most patients will see results after 2-5 treatments, depending on the severity of their skin discoloration. Nonetheless, most can expect visible improvements just after one session.
Typically one treatment is performed every 3-4 weeks. Aside from creating a more even skin tone, BBL Photofacial also brightens your complexion without the prolonged downtime and of other treatments and procedures.
Immediately after treatment, mild redness and slight sunburnt feeling are to be expected. Oftentimes, these symptoms dissipate after a few hours, although some people may have to wait a day or two before they improve.
Meanwhile, skin discolorations typically clear up in 1-2 weeks, revealing a younger glowing skin.
In order to help your skin recover properly, it is vital to wear sunscreen several weeks after treatment. In general, it’s not a bad idea to make sunscreen a long-term habit to avoid hyperpigmentation down the road.
For more information about BBL Photofacial and other exciting skin rejuvenating procedures, please seek expert advice from Wayzata Cosmetic Surgery in Minnesota.