Your skin tone is a result of a pigment called melanin in your skin. In youth, melanin is spread evenly throughout your skin, resulting in the glowing vibrance you then enjoyed, discounting youthful problems such as acne and other hormone-related skin issues.
Over time, aging and, more importantly, exposure to ultraviolet (UV) components of sunlight begin to cause cumulative damage that robs you of your healthy skin tone. Brown spots, clumps of melanin, start to appear, as do other pigment issues, such as those associated with vascular issues like rosacea.
Any treatment that stimulates your body to turn over old tissue in the skin’s middle layers while subsequently creating replacement tissue has the ability to reduce or eliminate the appearance of skin pigment irregularities as well as age-related lines and wrinkles.
Dermatology Institute and Skin Care Center believes that laser skin treatments offer an excellent range of treatments for all levels of skin issues and unlike many practices that have only one laser platform, the Center offers five platforms, able to handle a wide range of skin types and their associated pigment issues.
Virtually every skin treatment designed to reduce the appearance of pigment issues uses your body’s natural ability to manufacture new collagen. When you have a minor cut on your skin, this process kicks into action. Over a period of days or weeks, your skin heals and there’s no evidence of the original injury.
A more serious cut that develops a scar shows an overproduction of collagen tissue, beyond the natural protein matrix found in normal skin. The light colored or raised scar reveals this overproduction.
Creating deliberate and controlled “damage” to the middle dermis layer of your skin starts the reformation of a smooth and even protein matrix, the collagen and elastin tissue that supports and nourishes your surface skin. As the old tissue flushes from your body, with it goes the pigment clumps and flaws that mottle your skin.
Lasers and collagen
Treatments like dermabrasion and chemical peels create the damage that starts the collagen induction process, but they do it through your outer skin. That means potentially weeks of recovery before your skin is healed enough for the world. There are more conservative versions of these procedures with less downtime, but they don’t produce the same dramatic results as the more aggressive procedures.
Lasers can cover the entire range of skin treatments, from ablative resurfacing to no-recovery lunchtime procedures. Every laser produces a single wavelength of light, though that wavelength varies by platform or device. What that means for your skin pigment issues is that lasers can create middle layer collagen induction without damage to your surface skin. You’ll need no time to recover from your treatment, because the process takes place below the surface.
Contact Dermatology Institute and Skin Care Center to learn more about the benefits of cosmetic lasers. They’re laser treatment specialists, and with five laser platforms, their aestheticians can match treatment to your skin type and pigment problem. Book your consultation online or by phone today.