Question: Can a South Asian women use Forever Beautiful laser to get rid of dark patches?
Answer: According to Carissa, the amazing esthetician who works with Dr Z.Paul Lorenc, the short answer is— no. The heat of this milder laser could trigger new darkened areas and leave the skin with irregular pigmentation. To clarify and brighten South Asian skin Carissa uses a two step process. First she pre-treats the skin with for a few weeks with hydroquinone to put the melanin producing cells into sleep mode. Then she exposes the skin to a Q switch YAG laser which was developed originally to remove black pigment in a tattoo. The proceedure needs to be done very very carefully and after treatment sunscreens are essential. To keep the skin smooth and clear a 50SPF sunscreen should be used in both sunny and cloudy weather and reapplied during the day.
Irregular skin tones can develop in South Asian skin from bug bits, pregnancy, heat, acne and sun exposure. Some experts believe that dark patches can occur as part of normal aging, much the way lighter skin tones develop lines and wrinkles. Not to be a broken record, but maaging unwanted pigmentation starts and ends with a consistant sunscreen routinue.
Skin of color from all parts of the globe need to be especailly carefully to avoid more hyperpigmentation when treating the skin. Irritation seems to be melanin producing cells into over drive and treatments to erase darkened areas can trigger more dark spots and patches. I am working on a free four page guide to treating this problem to explain the major causes and offer more than a dozen therapies.