The pigment in our skin, melanin, can lead to a variety of pigmentation problems that we address with lasers at Northcoast. Melanin reacts to exposure to the sun’s UV rays by darkening. This is a defense mechanism to protect the skin. But while this may be a natural process, it’s not exactly what you want to see on your skin. This exposure causes brown spots called a variety of names: age spots, liver spots, lentigines, and sun damage.
But the sun isn’t the only culprit. Hormones during pregnancy bring on a condition called melasma, which shows itself in excessive brown patches frequently seen on the forehead and cheeks. Vascular problems lead to broken capillaries and rosacea, giving the face a reddened hue.
What problems do we address?
- Discolored acne scars
- Broken blood vessels
- Age spots
- Sun damage
- Port wine stains
How does it work?
We set the laser wavelength to specifically target the problem. When closing off unnecessary blood vessels, the wavelength is set to the color of the vessel. The heat then causes the vessel to close off and fade away. With age spots, the laser energy is absorbed by the darker pigment, breaking it up and gradually peeling away. Initially, these spots usually darken before they begin to flake off.
Most of these conditions show improvement in a week to 10 days. But sometimes they can take a few weeks to fully resolve.
Interested in addressing pigmentation problems such as rosacea or age spots? Call us at Northcoast Laser, 440-NEW-FACE, to set up your appointment.