This side effect, known as post-laser hyperpigmentation or post-inflammatory pigmentation (PIH) consists of dark patches or lesions, which can take a year or longer to resolve on its own, or be permanent without the proper treatment.
Is hyperpigmentation after laser permanent?
Other early side effects of laser resurfacing include transient hyperpigmentation, particularly in patients with darker skin tones, and skin sensitivity. Hypopigmentation is seen several months to a year after laser resurfacing and tends to be more permanent in nature.
Is hyperpigmentation treatment permanent?
The results from laser treatment are permanent. However, due to sun exposure or other factors, pigmentation may come back again. You may need to do further laser sessions in future years.
Can laser hair removal cause permanent scarring?
Laser hair removal may not remove hair completely, can cause skin damage and permanent scarring. Laser treatment may need to be repeated for permanent hair loss and isn’t for everyone, says University of Melbourne dermatology professor, Rodney Sinclair.
How do you treat post laser hyperpigmentation?
Topical tretinoin 0.1% has been effective in treating postinflammatory hyperpigmentation. GA peels, in combination with tretinoin and hydroquinone, are an effective treatment of postinflammatory hyperpigmentation in dark-complexioned individuals.
Does pigmentation come back after laser?
Could pigmentation come back after removing them with lasers? Some pigmentation may seem to “come back” after treatment. However, with good sun protection and proper skin care, these can take years to resurface. Adequate sun protection also ensures that new pigments do not form.
Can laser make dark spots worse?
The risk with all types of laser treatments is causing further damage and making melasma worse. With extended heat-based lasers, there is a chance of exacerbating skin issues, so while treatment may remove melasma, it can also lead to other unsightly blemishes in the future.
Which laser treatment is best for hyperpigmentation?
The dermatologic lasers most commonly in use to reduce hyperpigmentation include ablative and non-ablative lasers in both fractionated and unfractionated forms, along with lasers that employ radiofrequency technologies.
How can I remove pigmentation permanently?
Pigmentation treatment at home
- Combine equal parts apple cider vinegar and water in a container.
- Apply to your dark patches and leave on two to three minutes.
- Rinse using lukewarm water.
- Repeat twice daily you achieve the results you desire.
What do dermatologists recommend for hyperpigmentation?
Hydroquinone is the gold standard for treating hyperpigmentation in dermatology. Its effectiveness and safety is so well-documented in clinical studies that almost all dermatology providers will recommend 4% hydroquinone as a first step for anyone with significant pigment concerns.