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We see stars like Nicole Kidman and Renée Zellweger and marvel at their clear, almost milky, white skin. Gone are the days of Hollywood tans! Pale skin is in. We know enough about the dangerous effects of the sun that there’s no excuse to have a tan these days. But what if the damage was done long ago? What if you’ve always been careful in the sun, but have melasma from pregnancy or birth control? Guess what? There is help for these conditions. Laser treatment for sun spots is a great option for you!
You may have tried and failed treatments like bleaching creams and freezing (or cryotherapy), and thought there was nothing else to do. Well, lasers can help these embarrassing and unwanted sun spot pigmentation problems by fighting them in a totally different way. Lasers are also great for dealing with pigmentation from acne and traumatic scars too! Extremely versatile and highly effective, laser treatment of pigmentation problems can even be permanent in many cases.
Melanin is what gives our skin color. Its made by a special skin cell called a melanocyte. People with darker skin make more melanin than people with light skin. However, the body’s natural defense mechanism against the UV rays of the sun is to make more melanin. Hence, you get a tan if you spend time in the sun. If you get too much radiation, either outside or from indoor tanning, your melanocytes can’t keep up and you will burn.
Sun Spots: If you’ve lived in southern California most of your life, you’re no stranger to the sun. Three hundred of our days yearly are spent with a sun filled sky. While it’s good for the soul, it can really wreak havoc on the skin! Excessive or intense UV radiation, either from the sun or an indoor tanning bed, can cause sun spots.
Sun spots, or lentigines, can pop up anywhere you’re exposed to the sun: the face, ears, scalp, backs of the arms, hands, shoulder, and lips are common places. They’re different from freckles, but they look very similar. Freckles are inherited and they tend to fade in the winter, or when not exposed to the sun. Sun spots stay the same color all the time, and once they are there, they can be hard to get rid of. To add insult to injury, as we age, our skin thins a bit which can make these dark spots look even darker!
Melasma, Acne scar or Traumatic scar pigmentation: Acne scars and melasma commonly affect the face. A traumatic scar can leave a dark spot anywhere! All of these conditions can drive you crazy; they’re hard to cover with make-up and get worse with even a little sun exposure. In these cases, the melanocytes in the skin are reacting to stimulation: hormones in the case of melasma, inflammation in the case of acne and injury in the case of trauma.
No matter what condition you’re dealing with, Celibre’s laser specialists can help you determine which type of laser treatment is best to help you deal with pesky pigmentation problems once and for all. We would love to have the opportunity to meet you, examine your specific pigmentation problem, and together, make a treatment plan using one or more of our state-of-the-art laser devices to help get your skin get back to (or better than) its former self. We have offices conveniently located in Los Angeles that are open flexible hours specifically to help meet the demands of your hectic schedule. No more making excuses; give us a call today!