Laser Treatment for Dark Spots Melasma

Are you considering laser treatments for
age spots, Acne scars, or hyperpigmentation? Today we’re going to
be talking about the difference between IPL versus lasers. Hi, my name is Christy
and I’ve been treating clients with hyperpigmentation, Acne, and other skin
conditions for over eleven years, and so if you haven’t caught our
Hyperpigmentation Series yet, that’s what we’ve been doing. We have been focusing
on hyperpigmentation. So, let’s get started. So first, do want to tell you
that this video is for educational purposes and somewhat entertaining
purposes. It is NOT to treat, or diagnose, or even tell you that you should be
doing laser. You still need to go in and have a consultation with a laser
technician professional. We also wanted to tell you that every client has
different skin based on the age of the client, their medical history,
contraindications such as medications that they’re using topically, and taking,
and / or taking orally, as well as skin care products that they have been using,
and other skin treatments that they’ve previously done. So, it’s going to be very,
very unique and specific to that individual. So if you are considering
laser treatment for hyperpigmentation, please make sure that you watch this
video to get some general, very general knowledge so that you can go in and ask
more educated questions to make sure that the laser treatment — if you decide
to do so — is the right one for you. And moving forward, all the links to the
studies and the sources for products will be linked in the description below.
So although lasers and light therapy can treat everything from Rosacea to
vascular skin conditions, we are focusing today on age spots, Acne scars,
hyperpigmentation, including one that is a brand new laser technology — so stay
tuned for that one — as well as we’re going to be talking about a PRO TIP
later on in the video as well. So IPL, otherwise known as Intense Pulse Light,
are-, is used for specific or varied skin conditions, same as lasers, however, IPL
works in multiple wavelengths in both in the visible light
and infrared spectrum, where lasers are more direct in one specific wavelength.
IPL is also known as Photo Rejuvenation because of the multiple wavelengths that
target Chromophores in a single setting. And Chromophores are basically
part of the molecule that’s responsible for its color. So IPL’s, unlike laser, it’s
basically less direct than a laser, so think of a laser pointer versus a small-to-medium flashlight where the light is not as direct, it’s in the general
direction but it’s a little bit more diffused, however IPL still used for
hyperpigmentation and that’s why we’re mentioning it today. It also helps lessen
and decrease blood vessels, so it can also help with hair reduction, Acne, or
age spots, Telangiectasia, Rosacea, Sun spots, and Poikiloderma. Which if
you don’t know what that is, that is a type of hyperpigmentation that usually
happens around the neck, and that is mentioned in our-, so if you have
hyperpigmentation around your neck or your chest, please go to the “Anti-aging
Tips for Neck and Chest”. And IPL is actually better suited for Fitzpatricks
one through three. It’s also, it actually works better on epidermal Melasma versus
mixed or dermal Melasma. Now IPL can also be administered on the face, the
decollete, the hands, the arms, and the back. So here are some DOWNSIDES to using
IPL. So, there can be some crusting that occurs one-to-two weeks after the
treatment, and there’s been some stu-, clinical studies — and again, those links
will be in the, in my blog, which the link to the blog will be in the description,
and then in the blog you will see the studies all the way down below. So
basically based on these clinical studies, it shows that IPL tends to work
better when paired with a Hydroquinone treatment or a pretty aggressive topical
treatment. There is more chance of-, because it’s-, I, I think it’s maybe because
the energy is diffused, that there’s more chance of a reoccurrence happening,
and so then if that happens, you do have to continue post-topical treatment, a
pretty aggressive post-topical treatment six-to-12 months AFTER the treatment to
prevent or reduce the chances of reoccurring… REOCCURENCE. Now, before we
move on to lasers, if you are finding this information helpful and you’re
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letting us know that you like these types of series. So, moving on to the next
one, which is lasers. LASER stands for Light Amplification… by? Let’s try it
again. Light stands for laser… No…Laser! (Light stands for!) LASER! I’m getting hungry, ’cause you can tell. Light… LASER stands for Light Amplification by
Stimulating-, Stimulated Emission of Radiation. So as mentioned previously,
laser light is more direct and specific in direction. Laser lights are
composed with one specific light or wavelength composed with a medium such
as liquid, gas, metal, or solid. The light produced is directed at specific
Chromophores or specific targets, such as pigments for hyperpigmentation, or ink
for tattoos, oxyhemoglobin for vascular lesions such as Rosacea or Poikiloderma,
or water for resurfacing. When the light hits the target it triggers a reaction.
This is why sometimes you hear that lasers have best, best results when
there’s a contrast. So for example: Dark hair on fair skin. So there are quite
a few types of laser, I’m going to skip over the ones that are used more for
vascular and some hyperpigmentation to focusing on JUST the
hyperpigmentation. So there’s one that’s called a Ruby Laser. So the Ruby Laser
was originally used for hair reduction, and now there’s more advanced techniques
that are being used for hair reduction, and now it’s used more for tattoo
removal and hyperpigmentation by using high energy pulses. Now the Nd-YAG Laser,
also known as the Neodymium Yttrium Aluminum Garnet Laser, this is a type of
crystal that is used as a medium for solid-state lasers. So this is a more
advanced type of laser and it can actually target both blood and pigment.
And some of the benefits of this laser is, is that it penetrates deeper into the
dermal layer, so it can stimulate Collagen production, and it’s actually
has been shown to have better results with higher Fitzpatrick types — which most
lasers for most higher Fitzpatrick types tend to not have-, or have mixed results.
So, this may be actually better for darker skin types because of the longer
wavelengths. So this can be used for laser hair removal, it goes deeper into
the deeper vein so it can be used for varicose veins, and DECREASES the chance
of Post-Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation for Fitzpatrick four through six skin
types. And this other newer laser technique, which is fairly new to the
scene, is called a PiQo4 Laser, and unlike most lasers that are not usually
recommended for darker skin types, this actually is approved for ALL skin tones
and it’s FDA approved. And it can work on hyperpigmentation, as well as hair
removal, especially tattoo removal, this actually shatters the pigment or
the ink in tattoo removal so there is faster results, shorter treatment times
than conventional laser treatments. So, even though this may be a little bit
more expensive because of the shorter downtime or little-to-no downtime, it’s
can be used for darker skin types, this may be one
you may want to look into. So if you are considering laser treatment as a part of
your hyperpigmentation treatment, here are just some of the lasers — there’s
there’s so many more, I could have gone on-and-on, but to kind of make the video
shorter, these are just some of the main ones that you have at least a working
knowledge before you have your consultation because we do want to share
with you that one of our clients — who happens to have darker skin — went and got
laser treatment for under her arms for laser hair removal — and we’re going to put
some of the pictures up — she actually was kind enough to let us use them to show
some of the results that happen. And I did tell her to avoid any heat-type
lasers, and so this is kind of what happened. So if you are getting hy-, if
you are getting a treatment for this, the MOST important thing is to REDUCE
inflammation because if you reduce inflammation, it is less likely that you
will get Post-Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation. So, I put a link in
below, one of the ones is the Post Treatment Cream. We’ve had wonderful
results where clients have gone, you know, obviously somewhere else for laser
treatment and have gotten this, people who have sent away for this, it reduces
inflammation, it has occlusive agents and humectants
in there, and the pH is actually stable, and it’s, it’s perfect enough for healing
the skin. So the links will be in the description below, and if any of you have
had laser treatments, we want to know what type of Fitzpatrick Skin Type
that you have, what the results were, and how you had them, both good and bad. So
make sure you put those in the comments below and remember that make-up is an ART
and skin care is a SCIENCE!