People of any skin tone can suffer from problems like pigmentation issues, sun damage, dull skin, and scarring. While there are many rejuvenation and resurfacing treatments available for these problems, skin color can affect the effectiveness of certain treatments, and can even cause more pigmentation problems than solutions. People with dark skin need to be especially careful when deciding to undergo laser treatments, as these procedures could cause unwanted side effects, like uneven pigmentation.
Many people of Southeast Asian descent suffer from hyperpigmentation, a skin problem that is caused by uneven patches of melanin pigment in the skin, causing dark spots. Sometimes, these spots are genetic, but they can also be caused by sun damage or trauma. There are several ways to treat hyperpigmentation, but patients should seek specific advice from an expert about which treatment is best for them. Some possible treatments include:
- ZO Skincare System. A combined internal and external customized skincare system, ZO’s skin-lightening agents help address hyperpigmentation in patients, as well as helping skin regain a healthy glow. These products are suitable for a wide range of skin types and have the advantage of no downtime results.
- Chemical Peels & Microdermabrasion. These gentle and subtle treatments are not usually good at treating hyperpigmentation on their own, and are usually combined with other treatments for best results. When performed by a qualified professional, these procedures are usually safe for most skin types.
- Laser Resurfacing & Plasma Treatments. Laser resurfacing and plasma treatments are powerful resurfacing tools that can help resolve dull and uneven skin, hyperpigmentation, and fine lines and wrinkles. Unfortunately, these treatments are often not a good idea for patients with very dark skin, as hypo or hyperpigmentation can occur. It is best to be conservative to avoid creating problems with treatments. Laser treatments remove layers of skin and heat the skin to encourage collagen production and cell renewal, while plasma uses nitrogen to target unwanted pigmentation.
Choose an Experienced Plastic Surgeon
No matter what your skin tone or type, you should always choose an experienced plastic surgeon to perform your resurfacing and rejuvenation procedures. If you have dark skin, it is extremely important to seek the advice of an expert before selecting a procedure. An acclaimed facial plastic surgeon such as Dr. Stuart Bentkover of Bentkover Facial Plastic Surgery & Laser Center in Worcester (508-363-6500) and Stoneham (617-247-0033), MA, has the experience and expertise necessary to design and perform treatments for patients of all skin types. Dr. Bentkover is board certified and has decades of experience in facial plastic surgery and laser treatments. Call either location today to schedule a consultation.