Newsletter September 2008 – Brown Discoloration

How is Brown Discoloration Treated?

Brown discoloration can appear anywhere on the body and comes in the form of freckles (ephelides), sun spots (solar lentigines), flat moles (nevi), birthmarks, post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (related to trauma or constant irritation of the skin), older, mature stretch marks, Seborrheic Keratosis, brown acne scarring, and last, but certainly not least, the hormonally generated pigmentation known as Melasma.

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Age Spots, Melasma, Etc. Before and After Pictures

Although many of these skin conditions fall into the broad category of “pigmented lesions,” they may be treated in very different ways based on your goals, skin type, whether or not they may have downtime, and which treatment type offers the best outcomes. At Celibre, we only utilize treatment programs that have offered predictable, consistent outcomes based upon in-house trials and in depth research.

For light to medium skin tones, we use the Erbium MicroLaserPeel for those wanting the quickest, most dramatic results for overall facial discoloration. For those that do not want downtime or have very dark skin (African American), we offer Q-switched technology. Q-switched lasers are the “gold standard” for removing a variety of pigmented lesions and at Celibre we have two different types of q-switched lasers. Because these lasers are designed to be attracted to melanocytes (the cells that hold the color), they are ideal for any type of pigmented lesion. We are often asked about the difference between q-switched lasers and IPL machines. Q-switched lasers are more effective than IPL treatments because these lasers use far higher energies than an IPL machine can achieve. For example, an IPL cannot remove birthmarks, which can be treated effectively with q-switched lasers. The higher energies that q-switched lasers achieve allow us to permanently remove lesions like sun spots and freckles rather than getting temporary fading – as is the case with IPL treatments.

Q-switched lasers are not only an excellent choice for resolution of brown discoloration on the face, but are also used routinely for the neck, chest, extremities, back, and hands. Research and our own experience also supports that these lasers also stimulate collagen production which leads to improved texture and mild skin tightening. For those patients that do not want laser treatments or are not appropriate for lasers, we offer two depigmentation programs that involve topical products.

At Celibre, we believe that no one particular treatment will fit all patients’ skin care goals and lifestyles. We strive to involve our patients the choice of treatment plan and offer as much education as possible so that they are able to understand and participate in their treatment program. It is because of our desire to tailor a treatment plan to each patient that we often combine treatment methods to obtain the best response. We stay at the forefront of research and best practices so that we may offer the most appropriate and effective treatment plans for our valued patients. Please give us a call at 800-897-8489 to learn more about pigmentation treatments.

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