Pigmentation is hands down one of the most aggravating yet prevalent skin conditions experienced by both women and men. The most common is excess or hyperpigmentation, characterized by dark, red or discoloured lesions on the face or body.
What Causes Hyperpigmentation?
With most hyperpigmentation cases, the skin has been subjected to some form of trauma or damage. In the process of repairing itself, our melanocytes (melanin producing cells) tend to secrete too much pigment, resulting in dark patches on the skin.
Types of Hyperpigmentation
Dark Spots: Damage to our skin can go undetected until it’s too late. In fact, dark spots often appear after decades of cumulative sun exposure. In some cases, however, even a moderate amount of UV radiation can cause injury to the skin.
Post-Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation (PIH): This type of pigment can occur after a bout of acne but most commonly results due to chronic acne breakouts.
Melasma: Also called pregnancy mask, melasma typically presents as larger discoloured areas on the forehead and cheeks. There’s a strong hormonal connection with this type of pigment. It can manifest during pregnancy and some women have experienced melasma after taking birth control pills.
Facial Blood Vessels: Broken capillaries and rosacea are conditions that result from impaired blood vessels under the skin. Trauma such as squeezing a pimple or aggressive skin treatments can cause tiny blood vessels to dilate. Taking hot showers, exposure to extreme cold, stress, eating spicy foods or drinking alcohol are other possible contributing factors.
BBL® Photorejuvenation to Combat Hyperpigmentation
IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) has been around since the 1990’s for addressing hyperpigmentation. Since then, the technology has progressed a great deal. Our Sciton BBL™ or BroadBand Light™ machine is the latest incarnation in corrective phototherapy. Its advanced handpiece deploys pulses of light energy to gently heat the skin’s surface, targeting and destroying pigment.
What is BroadBand Light™?
BroadBand refers to how the light is scattered and absorbed by pigment. BBL™ emits broad spectrum light so it treats both superficial and deeply-rooted pigmentation issues. Some wavelengths are attracted by melanin (brown pigment) while others are absorbed by the haemoglobin in blood (red pigment).
BBL Cooling Tip
Your comfort is our number one priority. We specifically chose BBL™ because it’s equipped with state-of-the-art cooling features. The device allows us to utilize higher power settings with fewer side-effects, less pain and downtime.
BBL™ Photofacial: What to Expect
During treatment: it’s normal to feel a warming sensation as the BBL® handpiece glides across the skin’s surface. The patented cooling tip will keep you extremely comfortable.
One hour after the procedure: the treated areas will continue to feel warm and your skin may feel tight. Most patients describe the sensation as having mild sunburn.
The next day to a week: some of the pigmented areas may get darker before they eventually fade away permanently (it’s important to wear sun protection every day to prevent pigment from coming back).
Two weeks post treatment: you can expect clearer skin and improvement of the following:
- Sun spots / dark spots
- Age spots / liver spots
- Freckles / birthmarks
- Broken capillaries / rosacea
- Pigmented acne scarring
- Uneven skin tone
- Rough skin texture
- Sun damage
For more information on these and other rejuvenating skin treatments contact us to book an appointment. We look forward to helping you look and feel great!