How to get rid of hyperpigmentation? This can be tricky business. Some forms respond extremely well to treatment while others are more stubborn. There are several factors that determine a successful resolution of your hyperpigmentation concerns. These include the kind of hyperpigmentation you have, your skin type and/or ethnic background and the treatment you choose.
Our go-to procedure here at Azala Medical Aesthetics to address most types of pigmentation is BBL™ or Broad Band Light (also called Intense Pulsed Light IPL and Photofacial). It’s a form of light therapy that’s used to improve sun-damaged and pigmented skin. Below we discuss how BBL™ can help you achieve a smoother and more even skin tone. Additionally, you’ll learn how about the BBL™ Forever Young program can help you delay the visible signs of aging such as wrinkles and skin laxity.
What is hyperpigmentation exactly? In a nutshell, it’s excess pigment that traverses multiple layers of skin and usually results from some form of skin trauma (UV damage being the most common). This blog outlines in more detail the different types and causes of hyperpigmentation as well as a comprehensive list of treatment options.
Why choose BBL™? Of all the treatment modalities available it’s the best suited to specifically target and remove most types of pigment. It also has the least downtime and discomfort when compared to Chemical Peels and Fractional Laser, some other treatments we offer.
BBL™ technology is truly remarkable if you think about it. The device emits broad spectrum light in various wavelengths which get absorbed by your skin. The powerful energy is attracted to the pigmented areas specifically, causing them to become damaged and eventually removed by the body.
But here’s where BBL™ really stands out as the treatment of choice for most types of pigmentation issues. Since some pigment is located closer to the surface while other is deeper, BBL has the ability to target them all. BBL’s multiple wavelengths penetrate through the dermal layers effectively vaporizing melanin-based hyperpigmentation and also resolving vascular lesions.
BBL hyperpigmentation treatments are most effective on lighter, untanned skin; however, if you have a slightly darker complexion you can still benefit from IPL treatments. In most cases you may need to pre-treat your skin with a Hydroquinone cream first to prevent hyperpigmentation from getting worse.
You’re an excellent candidate if you have areas of blotchiness, sun-damage or skin discoloration. Also if you suffer from rosacea, broken capillaries and facial flushing you’ll love the improvement in your skin tone and texture. This treatment can also help to minimize the lingering redness that some people experience post more aggressive forms of laser skin resurfacing.
IPL also helps to stimulate collagen. In fact, BBL™ Forever Young is a program that’s clinically proven to keep your skin looking and ‘acting’ younger on a cellular level. Over the long-term, BBL™ Forever Young treatments can result in fewer lines, wrinkles and a more youthful and tighter complexion. The protocol involves undergoing the initial series of 4-6 sessions to reverse sun-damage and resolve pigmentation issues. Then patients would start a regular maintenance schedule of having 2-3 treatments several times a year.
If you’re taking Accutane you should hold off getting IPL treatments until at least six months after you’ve stopped using the drug. Also if you’re pregnant or breast-feeding your clinician will advise you to wait until after you’ve given birth and weaned your baby. Intense Pulsed Light may not be suitable for certain skin types and ethnicities. The only way to know for sure if this treatment is right for you is to book a consultation with one of our experienced and highly trained clinicians.
We invite you to visit Azala Medical Aesthetics if you’re interested in BBL™ or the best products for hyperpigmentation, such as our Hydroquinone pigment correctors. You don’t have to be a patient to purchase any of our medical-grade skincare products. Simply drop by our clinic and one of our skin experts will guide you in choosing the right treatments to help you achieve beautiful, healthy skin.
* Individual results may vary, and not guaranteed.