Skin Discoloration Q & A
What causes skin discoloration?
Skin discoloration happens when the levels of melanin in your skin are disrupted. This can occur because of genetics (in the case of freckles), damage (in the case of scarring or sun spots), or simple aging (age spots).
Fortunately, regardless of what’s causing your skin discoloration, Dr. Stern can treat it. She uses the Icon laser to break up the discoloration in your skin, helping it look more even.
What types of skin discoloration can the Icon laser treat?
The Icon treatment is effective for reducing the appearance of:
- Sun damage
- Age spots
- Surgical or injury scars
- Acne scars
In short, this laser-based treatment is effective for virtually any type of skin discoloration. That’s because it works on the darker pigment of your skin discoloration. T
he pigmentation in the discolored areas absorb the laser energy, and the pigments are then broken down.
Over the coming weeks, your body naturally processes and removes the pigment waste products and grows new, healthy skin in the area.
What should I expect during and after an Icon laser treatment?
The laser treatment is designed with your comfort in mind. You relax as Dr. Stern moves the Icon device across your targeted area. As it moves, the discolored areas absorb the laser energy while the surrounding evenly colored skin areas are largely unaffected.
Treatments usually take 30 minutes or less, and most patients report that the process is comfortable. In fact, most patients don’t need any anesthesia during treatment.
There’s no downtime with the Icon laser. You might experience some redness or swelling (much like a sunburn) at the treatment site, but that usually dissipates on its own in a couple of days or less.
Some patients’ skin discoloration can be effectively treated with just one Icon session, while others require multiple sessions spaced strategically apart to deliver the best results.
Dr. Stern lets you know what to expect from the process based on your unique skin, your specific type of skin discoloration, and your aesthetic goals.
To learn more about the noninvasive treatments for skin discoloration that Dr. Stern offers at Stern Comprehensive Women’s Healthcare, call her office or book your appointment online.