“The wavelength of this laser goes deeper into the skin than a diode,” says Gmyrek. “So it more successfully bypasses the pigmentation present in the skin.” Because the YAG basically bypasses the melanin in your skin, it’s the safest option for medium to dark skin.
How many laser treatments are needed for hyperpigmentation?
With less aggressive/non-ablative treatments like the Pico Way Resolve and chemical peels, it is recommended that patients’ do 3 treatments. With chemical peels for hyperpigmentation on the face, about 3-4 sessions will show desired results.
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.
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.
What laser helps with hyperpigmentation?
A laser peel (resurfacing) treatment uses targeted beams of light to reduce hyperpigmentation. There are two types of lasers: ablative and non-ablative. Ablative lasers are the most intense, and they involve removing layers of your skin.
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.
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.
How long does it take for hyperpigmentation to fade after laser?
The darkened area typically begins to fade in 7 to 14 days. This is when you’ll also begin to notice that many superficial brown spots around the treated area are becoming lighter, and less noticeable. They won’t vanish with one IPL treatment, but in almost all cases patients will see progress.