What is Skin Pigmentation?
When someone has a skin pigmentation disorder, it affects the color of the skin.
There are special cells in the skin that make melanin. When these cells are damaged, it affects melanin production which affects patches of skin or the whole body. When your body makes too much melanin, your skin gets darker. If your body makes too little melanin, your skin gets lighter.
Skin Pigmentation Disorders
There are different types of skin pigmentation disorders. Hyperpigmentation is a common condition where patches of skin become darker in color than the normal surrounding skin. Types of hyperpigmentation include age spots and melasma.
Age spots are a common form of hyperpigmentation and they appear because of sun damage. Melasma causes brown or gray patches to appear on the skin, primarily on the face. Melasma spots have a similar appearance to age spots but look like larger areas of darkened skin.
How Many Chemical Peels Are Needed for Age Spot Removal?
The number of sessions you need depends on your skin’s condition as well as the type of chemical peel you get. Light chemical peels may need to be done every few months to get the best results. Because deep chemical peels have stronger effects, you only need to do one session.
What Causes Skin Pigmentation?
Darker skin pigmentation can be caused by sun exposure, pregnancy and Addison’s disease. Lighter skin pigmentation can be caused by vitiligo and albinism. Vitiligo causes patches of light skin while albinism is a genetic condition that causes people to have lighter than normal skin color or no color.
Chemical Peels Skin Pigmentation Treatment
Chemical peels and lasers are used to effectively treat skin pigmentation conditions including age spots and melasma. Chemical peels can reduce skin pigmentation or hyperpigmentation. When chemical solutions are applied, the skin exfoliates and eventually peels off. The skin underneath is smoother and less wrinkled.
Chemical peel skin pigmentation treatment improves the appearance and feel of the skin. There are three types of chemical peels: light, medium and deep. Our aesthetician will recommend a customized treatment that works best for your pigmentation level, skin type and tone.
Laser Skin Pigmentation Treatment
When our laser targets pigmented areas, the skin absorbs the light and heats up without damaging the surrounding skin. The light is automatically attracted to the dark skin pigments that are held in the veins.
The laser heats up the pigmented areas which are then drawn to the surface. Then the pigmented lesions will fade or flake off the treated area. This leaves the skin with an even tone and complexion. People with hyperpigmentation become lighter in colour with each laser skin pigment treatment until it completely diminishes or becomes invisible to the naked eye.
Chemical Peels Skin Pigmentation Removal
Exfoliate the skin that eventually peels off and reveals the smoother skin underneath
Laser Skin Pigmentation Removal
Fades pigmented lesions and leaves the skin with an even tone
We recommend the appropriate type of lasers or chemical peels based on the skin pigmentation
Types of Laser Skin Pigmentation Removal
The two types of laser skin pigmentation removal are ablative and non-ablative. Both types of laser skin pigmentation removal destroy elements of your skin to help your new skin cells grow back stronger and more toned.
Ablative lasers involve removing layers of your skin and are the most intense. Non-ablative lasers target the dermis to promote collagen growth and tightening effects. Our aesthetician will recommend the appropriate type of laser intensity depending on your skin type and discoloration.
Cost of Skin Pigmentation Removal
The cost of age spot removal and other skin pigmentation removal procedures depend on how big the treatment area is, the extent of sun damage and the types of chemical peels that are used.
Light peels have the lowest cost and the prices go up as you get a stronger chemical peel. To get a customized estimate of the cost, please contact our NYC location at 1800 355-3308.