Treating Your Uneven Skin Tone with Baton Rouge Cosmetic Dermatology

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Dark spots on the skin are a common concern that affects patients as they get older.  This hyperpigmentation can lead to self-consciousness and an increased appearance of age.  In fact, a study published by Evolution and Human Behavior took this very perception to task in a study of 169 different models with a variety of skin tones.  After being judged by many different participants, the photos of models with smoother, more even skin tone were thought to not only be more attractive, but they were also judged to be up to 12 years younger than those with blotchy skin tones.

What causes uneven skin tone?

A major factor behind uneven skin tone is sun exposure.  UV damage doesn’t appear overnight.  Rather, it takes year of accumulation for the effects to be seen, but don’t be deceived.  The damage is still there, hiding underneath the surface.  This is just one of the reasons that daily sunscreen application is so important.

In addition to sun exposure, uneven skin tone may also be brought about by hormone changes.  Melasma is one such form of hyperpigmentation.  Though it can happen to any woman, it is commonly seen during and after pregnancy.  Other causes of discoloration can include pollution and acne scarring.

What are the treatment options for uneven skin tone?

Being a commonly cited cosmetic problem, much effort has been given to finding treatment options that can effectively address uneven skin tone.  For Baton Rouge dermatology patients, the following treatments are available:

Chemical Peels for uneven skin tone

Chemical peels work through deep exfoliation of the outermost layers of skin.  Some peels penetrate more deeply and offer more dramatic results than others.  In any case, peels remove dead and damaged skin, allowing for new, fresh skin to be revealed.  Multiple treatments will be necessary depending on the level of discoloration.

IPL for uneven skin tone

Intense Pulsed Light therapy is a popular choice for skin rejuvenation and hyperpigmentation.  The quickness and ease with which IPL can be performed, along with its minimal downtime is an attractive bonus to many patients.  Using high-intensity pulses of light to penetrate beyond the skin’s surface, IPL treatments can make a noticeable difference in discolorations, as well as other aesthetic concerns such as acne, rosacea, or wrinkles.

Dermabrasion for uneven skin tone

Much like chemical peels, dermabrasion works by removing old, dead skin cells and allowing new ones to take their place.  Over time, these treatments improve superficial issues such as hyperpigmentation, scars, or growths.  The key difference is that dermabrasion uses a rapidly rotating brush, rather than chemical compounds, to get the job done.

If discoloration has you displeased with your skin tone, there are options available.  Don’t just cover it up, remove it permanently.  To discover which of the above options or alternative treatments may work best for you, contact Dermasurgery Center, and schedule a consultation with one of our Baton Rouge dermatologists