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Using CO2 Laser Resurfacing to Treat Dyschromia

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Having perfect skin is beyond the reach of most people. And when there is a problem with your skin, it is there for all to see. Fortunately, modern cosmetic dermatology treatments allow us to significantly improve the condition of your skin, especially for people with dyschromia.

What is dyschromia?

Dyschromia is a type of skin disorder that results in unevenly colored patches. The type of color is dependent upon how much melanin is present in your skin. The color that you are born with during your life depending upon the amount of sunlight exposure you have undergone. Melanin counts can also be due to factors like high temperatures, hormones, heavy metals, and types of trauma. Any change in these factors can cause hyperpigmentation.

What causes dyschromia?

Dyschromia can be caused by many things, but is most typically due to sun exposure, particularly when you have had multiple sunburns. Some medications can also cause a heightened sensitivity to sunlight.

Dyschromia can also be caused from post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation and improper wind healing or minor skin infections. Your skin pigmentation can also be affected by seborrhoeic keratoses, malignant melanoma, or radiation exposure.

What is CO2 laser resurfacing?

Modern cosmetic lasers are incredibly efficient at removing unwanted skin tissue. CO2 laser skin resurfacing involves the removal of outer layers of skin that is unwanted or damaged, revealing skin underneath that displays fewer imperfections like dyschromia.

Erbium and CO2 are the two most popular types of laser skin resurfacing treatments. CO2 lasers are typically used to treat deep facial lines and wrinkles and dyschromia, while erbium lasers are more appropriate for the treatment of fine to moderate wrinkles.

How does CO2 laser resurfacing work?

A CO2 laser allows us to resurface your skin to minimize or eliminate problems like dyschromia. We are able to safely and effectively remove deep layers of damaged skin to stimulate the rejuvenation of healthier skin tissue below.

Recent innovations in the field of cosmetic laser treatments allow us to use light beams that are either scattered or pulsed at an extremely high rate. This has the advantage of minimizing heat damage that might otherwise occur. We can also remove deeper tissue and more effectively remove dyschromia.

CO2 laser treatments are incredibly precise. We can treat specific areas like the eyes or mouth or the entire face. The patient is given a locals anesthetic prior to their CO2 laser treatment to ensure their comfort throughout their procedure. In the case of treatment for the entire face, general anesthesia may be administered.

Contact us

If you are looking to treat your dyschromia, contact us today. At Plateroti Dermatology, we aim to help you find the treatment that works best for you. Schedule your consultation today.

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