Skin Rejuvenation Basics, Part 3: Discoloration and Tone

skin4The last component of rejuvenation involves skin tone and color. Procedures to help with tone and color are chemical peels, cryotherapy, intense pulse light (IPL), laser resurfacing, and topical treatments.

Chemical peels remove the out layers of skin to reveal a more even and vibrant skin tone. Chemical peels help with acne scars, age/liver spots, sun damage, uneven skin tone and texture. Cryotherapy is another treatment that can be used for hyperpigmented areas better known as age or sun spots.

Cryotherapy fades brown spots by freezing them with a liquid nitrogen, causing the darkened skin to peel away. However, there are risks of cryotherapy such as permanent white scars or the possibility of lighter color skin in the area treated.

Intense pulse light or otherwise known as IPL or photofacials evens skin color and minimizes redness. The light energy in IPL is converted to heat energy to treat skin conditions such as age spots, sun-damaged skin, redness, benign pigmented and vascular lesions. IPL is a noninvasive and nonablative treatment using many wavelengths or colors of light. IPL treats the dermis without affecting the epidermis in lighter skin patients. IPL cannot be used on dark skin types. Ablative laser resurfacing can effectively treat sun damage skin and improve skin texture and tone. Ablative lasers use rapid high intensity pulses to remove the damaged upper layers of the skin with risks of scarring and pigment changes. Also, there are many topical treatments that can be used alone or with procedures to aid in evening skin tone.

At Hermann Wellness we have two highly trained and experienced providers Robin McClain ARNP and aesthetician Mandy Brown to treat skin tone and color concerns in both Tampa and St. Petersburg. Call today for free consult (813) 902-9559.