Hyperpigmentation & Spider Vein Reduction

Hyperpigmentation (dark spots) and spider veins, both found all over the body, can create insecurity for many. Utilize intense pulsed light (IPL) with Lumecca, laser with Clarity II™ and/or LaseMD ULTRA®, and chemical peels to nonsurgically clear the appearance of these marks. Treatable blemishes include a variety of dark spots and spider veins/vascular lesions.

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What kinds of hyperpigmentation (dark spots) and spider veins are treatable?

Depending on the application, we can use intense pulsed light (IPL) with Lumecca, laser with Clarity II™, and chemical peels to nonsurgically reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentation and spider veins. Other treatable blemishes include, but are not limited to:

  • Sun damage
  • Age spots
  • Freckles
  • Birthmarks
  • Actinic keratosis
  • Rosacea
  • Broken capillaries
  • Cherry angiomas
  • Port wine stains
  • Telanglectasia

What technologies can reduce hyperpigmentation and spider veins?

Clarity II™ is a laser light treatment that can reduce spider veins and hyperpigmentation (dark spots) on the face and body. The excess melanin in dark spots, regardless of the cause, absorbs the light and as a result is destroyed. The hemoglobin in vascular lesions, like spider veins, also absorbs the light, producing a similar effect. Because only these pigments absorb the laser, other tissues are unaffected, leaving you with clearer skin! With little-to-no downtime, the treatment is perfect for quick and effective reduction of hyperpigmentation and spider veins anywhere on the body. Learn more about Clarity II™.

Lumecca is a platform that delivers IPL, which nonsurgically improves lackluster skin for people across a wide range of ages and skin types. An IPL treatment uses the power of broadband light to minimize hyperpigmentation like age spots, sun spots, acne scars, rosacea, and more. It also can reduce spider veins and other vascular lesions. With today’s variety of noninvasive skin rejuvenation options, IPL photofacial therapy is at the top of the list for giving patients fantastic results. Like our other treatments, it is noninvasive and requires little-to-no downtime. As a result, it is an excellent way to improve your skin’s texture and reduce hyperpigmentation (dark spots), tighten pores, and minimize redness. Learn more about Lumecca.

IPL treatments also stimulate the skin’s collagen, filling in space around your pores, reducing the appearance of enlarged pores. The treatment requires zero downtime and is especially effective for improving the appearance of the face, neck, chest, and hands. Typically, clients need three to five treatments, but in only one to three treatments, Lumecca can significantly reduce hyperpigmentation and spider veins.

Lumecca, like our other treatments, emits electromagnetic radiation, but at a wavelength of 500-600 nano meters (the visible light range). The light enters the skin and is absorbed by hyper pigmented regions, pulling the pigmentation up to the surface of the skin. The molecule that reacts with the various wave lengths of light is called a chromophore; it is responsible for the efficacy of Lumecca and gives the different pigments their color. When the chromophore absorbs the light and heats up, the color either reabsorbs into the body or flakes off, removing it from the skin over the course of a couple of weeks.

LaseMD ULTRA® is a 1927 nanometer non-ablative fractional thulium laser. While the above treatments target pigment and vessels, LaseMD ULTRA® targets water in the skin, making it safe for all skin types. A fractional laser treats only a fraction of skin tissue at a time, leaving the tissues around the treatment area intact to promote rapid healing. The controlled damage created by the laser stimulates the body’s own natural healing process, which replaces old and damaged cells with healthy new cells. The laser causes a small wound just below the top layer of the skin (the epidermis), allowing it to reduce hyperpigmentation and spider veins of a variety of causes. The heating effect from the laser also results in collagen remodeling in the deeper layers of the skin (the dermis), hence the improvement in wrinkles and skin texture. As a result, LaseMD ULTRA® is an all-in-one solution that allows for hyperpigmentation and spider vein reduction while also improving the skin texture. Like most of our treatments, it is little-to-no downtime. Learn more about LaseMD ULTRA®.

Chemical peels are deep exfoliants that can break up clusters of melanin forming dark spots. There are a number of different types and concentrations of chemical peels. As well as treating acne, fine lines, sun damage and scarring, chemical peels are effective in treating all types of hyperpigmentation. The extent to which dark spots are reduced depends on the concentration and type of peel being used, as well as the severity of the dark spots. A chemical peel works by removing the top layers of skin, allowing new, healthy skin to form in its place. This can reduce the appearance of dark spots by removing unwanted melanin from the skin. When new skin forms it should be more evenly pigmented. 

Crystal Microdermabrasion uses a crystal-emitting handpiece to gently spray on fine crystals to rub away outer layers of the skin and dead skin cells are suctioned off right away. When the skin heals, it is left softened and rejuvenated. It can reduce hyperpigmentation due to sun damage, while also helping wrinkles + fine lines, age spots, acne scarring, melasma, and other skin concerns.

Common side effects of microdermabrasion include mild tenderness, swelling, and redness. These generally subside within a few hours after treatment. You might be advised to use a moisturizer to minimize dry and flaky skin. Minor bruising may also occur. There is little-to-no downtime after microdermabrasion. You should be able to resume your daily activities immediately. Keep your skin hydrated and use gentle skin-care products. Avoid using topical acne medications for at least one day after treatment. While it is always important to protect your skin from the sun, it is especially imperative after microdermabrasion due to increased sensitivity.‍

You can expect to see noticeable results immediately after the procedure. The number of microdermabrasion sessions needed will depend on the severity of your skin concerns as well as your expectations. Your provider will design a plan for the initial number of sessions, as well as periodic maintenance treatments. Depending on the severity of the dark spots, a different therapy may be more appropriate.

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