De-Pigmentation Treatment Questions and Answers
We help you quickly achieve clearer, younger-looking skin by reducing Pigmentation. Whether you are experiencing small spots or large areas of hyperpigmentation, we can customize the best treatment solution based upon your individualized needs. Come to Lynette D. Jones located in Toledo, OH. For more information, call us now or schedule an appointment online.
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We understand your frustrations so we have designed the Dark Spot Treatment Program to help you battle your skin pigmentation and uneven skin tone. Dark Spot Treatment Program is effective in removing stubborn skin pigmentation issues like PIH, acne scars and melasma.
A 3-6 month customized “No Downtime” treatment program will be created specifically to treat mild to moderate cases of hyperpigmentation. The Dark Spots Treatment Program combines in studio treatments with homecare products designed to effectively lift surface pigment while suppressing excess melanin activity, paired together will result in significant improvement of your condition. The usual timetable is to come in every two weeks for dark spot treatments as you work toward the goal of achieving even skin.
- Lighten superficial melisma, age spots, hyperpigmented areas, and acne marks
- Acne breakouts are reduced as accumulated dead skin cells are removed
- Brightens skin
- Improvement of skin tone
- Enhanced collagen production
- The appearance of fine lines and wrinkles are reduced
Depigmentation is caused by a condition called vitiligo that can cause light patches or spots on your skin, typically appearing on the face first. Some treatments are available to help contain and reduce the depigmentation, while other treatments can help to blend the affected areas in with your natural skin tone to make the difference less noticeable. In some cases, the skin can replenish the pigmentation itself, however this isn’t common, and there are treatments to repigment the skin or manage the appearance of the depigmentation. Makeup or self-tanner is an easy way to camouflage the condition, however it has to be reapplied every day. A form of tattoo is also an option in which pigment is added into your skin through a process called micropigmentation. There are medications available that can help, such as corticosteroid, vitamin D analogs, calcineurin inhibitors and immunomodulators. In some cases, laser therapy has been shown to be successful in reversing the effects of depigmentation using a laser or other form of light-emitting device. Additional treatment options include skin grafts which place pigmented skin onto the affected area from another part of your body, skin lighteners to help blend the skin if over half the body is affected by depigmentation and herbal supplements, although evidence on the effectiveness of this treatment is limited.
A depigmentation program is a series of TCA peels that are applied to the skin over the course of the 8-week program. Patients must be committed to the program as it uses a combination of in-office treatments and at-home care to provide maximum results in the treatment of conditions such as melasma, hyperpigmentation and repairing sun damaged skin. Each of the 8 weeks of the program involves a specific chemical peel or at-home care step to gradually treat the skin while allowing it time to heal between treatments. The first week is your initial consultation and analysis, during which you will begin prepping your skin at home for your first peel. Weeks two to four involve a total of three different types of peels, one each week, to target a different step in the process. Weeks five to seven are rest weeks for your skin to let it heal, at which time the at-home care process will continue as directed to ensure your skin is healing and adapting as planned. The final week, week eight, is one last TCA depigmentation peel. This 8-week process focuses on the idea that your skin didn’t change overnight and to change it back is also going to be a gradual process.
Depigmentation is the result of some skin cells no longer producing melanin, which is the chemical in the body that gives skin its natural colour. White or light patches that form on the skin’s surface are the result of a lack of melanin. Depigmentation most commonly starts on the face and can affect the skin and lips, as well as the inside of the mouth. While people of all races, ages and genders can experience depigmentation, it is more noticeable in people with darker complexions although the change happens at the same regardless of skin colour. Depigmentation is more likely to develop between the ages of 10 and 30, although it can affect people of any age. The exact cause of vitiligo is unknown, but you may experience depigmentation due to an autoimmune condition that creates an imbalance in your immune system, a family history of vitiligo, stress, physical trauma, illness and sunburns. There are other conditions that can cause a depigmentation of the skin, such as milia, eczema, tinea versicolor and sunspots but these conditions don’t have the same widespread depigmentation reach that vitiligo does on the body. Depending on the individual, the depigmentation can remain isolated to one part of the face or body, or it may spread to affect other areas.
Talk to Lynette D. Jones, who is an Acne and Skin of Color Specialist, today about treatment options for depigmentation on skin.
We serve patients from Toledo OH, Ottawa Hills OH, Rossford OH, Holland OH, and Shoreland OH.