With such a vast selection of facial treatments out there that treat pigmentation, it can be hard to determine which one is the best. You want to find a procedure that will not only provide you with superior results, but one that also suits your desired comfort level and length of recovery time. Today, we are breaking down three of the most popular facial pigmentation treatments so you can truly see what each has to offer. For specific details about your ideal treatment, you can contact EA Clinic for a consultation. But in the meantime, here is a general breakdown of microdermabrasion, IPL and Obagi Nuderm.
Why Microdermabrasion for Pigmentation?
Don’t let the complicated name deter you from this kind of pigmentation treatment. Micodermabrasion is actually a fairly simple procedure, and requires less downtime than dermabrasion. It also doesn’t give you that burning sensation that sometimes follows dermabrasion procedures.
The treatment consists of spraying tiny crystals onto your skin, which are used with a special instrument to exfoliate the target area. Microdermabrasion is often used to reduce the appearance of brown spots, age spots and dull skin, and it cannot be used to treat congenital skin defects, such as pigmented birthmarks, burn scars and moles. Any deeper problems on the skin, such as scars, wrinkles, deep acne scars and stretch mars cannot be treated with this procedure either.
However, many people opt for this pigmentation treatment because it works on all skin types and colors. The changes are very subtle and natural looking, and the procedure doesn’t cause any scarring at all. The benefits certainly go beyond that as well. Within 24 hours, your skin will be fully recovered and absolutely no surgery or anesthetics are required. So you can go in for this treatment and resume your regular day-to-day activities. However, it is recommended to avoid direct sun exposure for at least a few days after the treatment. Additionally, your skin may be a little pink or feel tight and dry afterwards, but this quickly subsides.
Why IPL for Pigmentation?
You’re probably wondering, “what in the world is IPL?” It’s the acronym for Intense Pulse Light and is also known as photofacial or phtorejuvenation. This treatment is amazing for erasing mild sun damage, irregular pigmentation, brown spots and freckles on the face, neck and chest. It’s an excellent option for anyone that doesn’t want to go through an intense resurfacing procedure, but that still want to improve the appearance of their skin.
The treatment consists of quick, powerful flashes of light that penetrate through your skin’s surface. The heat energy causes the pigmentation of the targeted area to break down into tiny particles. They then rise to the skin’s surface and can cause light scabbing for approximately a week. Sometimes, no scabbing occurs and your body’s lymphatic system naturally takes the broken up particles away. Either way, the result is the same – an elimination of the pigment that is causing the skin concerns.
The benefit is that IPL can also have a subtle effect on large pores, rosacea, fine wrinkles and dilated capillaries. So, you can more bargain for your buck if these are some concerns you have in addition to the main purpose of the treatment. However, if you are serious about treating large pores, rosacea, fine wrinkles and dilated capillaries, there are other treatments available that have been designed specifically for these concerns.
The amazingness doesn’t end there! People often opt for IPL treatments because there is no downtime. Since the treatment technically consists of wavelengths of light as opposed to a laser, the only thing you may experience is some minor redness. You can get right back to day after each treatment. You may even see sufficient results in as little as one session, but it is recommended to have at least three to five that are spaced a month apart.
Why Obagi-Nu Derm for Pigmentation?
The Obagi-Nu Derm system is quite unique in comparison to the rest. It is used to treat hyperpigmentation, and to improve the skin structure as a whole. The treatment penetrates deep into the skin so that it can then repair the damaged skin cells in both the deeper and surface layers of the skin. Additionally, it strengthens cell functions, which results in a healthier and younger appearance. As such, Obagi-Nu Derm can improve the skin dramatically and may be the perfect option for you.
There are a couple of things that set this treatment apart from the rest is what it does to your cells. Obagi-Nu Derm speeds up the progression of new cells, which reduces wrinkles, increases skin resistance and provides softer skin. That’s not it though. This treatment also treats local pigmentation, such as freckles or age related spots while also preventing new ones from appearing. Additionaly, Obagi-Nu Derm improves your skin’s structure in order to achieve a more balanced and even complexion. It also strengthens the production of collagen and elasticity of your skin, which keeps it strong, healthy and less vulnerable looking. As an added bonus, this treatment improves your skin’s nutritional levels to provide more natural hydration and circulation within this skin. All in all, this results in a healthy, radiant glow that rejuvenated.
The neat thing is that this procedure can be done at home because Obagi-Nu Derm is a product, as opposed to a machine. However, you can’t just get it anywhere and you must speak with an EA Clinic consultant if you are interested in this treatment option.
Additionally, depending on the specifics of your treatment, you may experience some flaking, itchiness, skin sensitivity or redness for up to six weeks. You will also need to use proper sun protection once you start the treatment. Mind you, this should be done at all times, whether using Obagi-Nu Derm or not.
While all three treatment options will effectively take care of pigmentation concerns, each is quite different and has it’s own set of pros and cons. By understanding what each treatment consists of, you can choose one that is specific to your needs. Speak with an EA Clinic consultant for more information on skin pigmentation treatments.