One unfortunate consequence of widespread use of Laser for cosmetic procedures is the amount of unwanted skin pigment change found. This means dark patches or patchy lightening of skin.
Laser is basically a focused beam of light which is designed to heat up specific coloured bodies in skin. This includes hair follicles, pigment producing melanocytes or red blood cells (chromophores).
If users had thought about the consequences, they would have been cautious in its uses. As often happens, large Laser manufacturing companies use their financial strength to convince users that Laser was the answer to all skin problems.
Laser works by causing a thermal injury to a target area. Laser light is not a magic bullet and the phenomenon of “scatter” is common in this situation. Therefore not only the target cell but the surrounding area gets cooked which causes inflammation and melanocyte stimulation.
In addition, the injury caused by Laser is often deep in the dermis leading to a very treatment resistant blue-grey hyperpigmentation. The most suitable skin for laser cosmetic treatment is fair skin but even then, one doesn’t know what the outcome will be.
We have treated over 1000 cases of post laser hyperpigmentation on the face and body and find that the pigmented area tends to take longer to treat than post acne pigmentation or melasma.
On average, 3 treatments would be required to start to see a noticeable reduction in post laser burns at The Hyperpigmentation Clinic. We use an advanced Mandelic acid based peel packed with tyrosinase inhibitors which calm down hyperactive melanocytes so they produce a normal amount of pigment.
If you have concerns about post laser Hyperpigmentation you can book yourself in for a Free Consultation at our clinics across the UK.