Hypopigmentation


    Hypopigmentation

    Unlike its similarly sounding counterpart (hyperpigmentation/dark spots), hypopigmentation is a lightening of skin color—think of those pesky white freckles or spots. Triggered by melanocyte or melanin depletion, it’s a decrease in tyrosine, the amino acid used by melanocytes to make melanin.

    Melanin is the substance that gives skin its color, or pigment. When the skin cells that produce melanin (melanocytes) reduce production, the result is hypopigmentation (loss of skin color). Hypopigmentation is associated with the absence of normal amounts of melanin and is caused by disease, injury, burns, or other trauma to the skin. Unfortunately, it can be very challenging to treat. 

    We use light-based procedures like IPL, lasers, Fraxel laser, peels and zapping, but hypopigmentation treatment options are often limited. If caused by a chronic skin disorder, hypopigmentation may be unresponsive to our treatment protocols. In this case, camouflaging with Micro Color Infusion (Dominique’s customized blends of NanoColor). 

    For clients who experience extreme hypopigmentation on over 50% of the body (a rare occurrence of vitiligo), overall depigmentation is an option. For instance, topical medications, such as hydroquinone, TriLuma, and other skin lightening agents, may be used to bleach the unaffected skin so that it blends in better with the hypopigmented skin (think of the late, great Michael Jackson).


    RELATED TREATMENTS

    • Chemical Peel
    • Fraxel
    • IPL
    • Permanent Makeup
    • Skin Lightening
    • Cream peels
    • Zapping