A Woman's Guide to Aesthetic Treatments for Darker Skin
For years, people with darker skin tones could not get aesthetic treatments because laser technology would cause undesirable side effects like hyperpigmentation. However, recent advancements have made it possible for everyone to enjoy these innovative procedures without worry.
In this guide, board-certified anesthesiologist Dr. Maia Chakerian discusses the topic of laser skin resurfacing and provides information on the HyGrid™ by Alma Hybrid™. Call Sereno Santé to see why so many people have been choosing us for their needs in San Jose, CA.
Why are some laser treatments unsafe for darker skin tones?
Fine lines and sun damage are common but frustrating concerns for women. Laser skin resurfacing works by removing dead or damaged skin cells through heat energy. This process encourages natural cell turnover, resulting in a smoother and firmer complexion over time.
For people with darker skin tones, the risk of hyperpigmentation (dark spots) is a significant concern. This is because the heat from the laser can trigger melanin production, which may lead to an uneven complexion. Many people avoid aesthetic treatments for this reason.
What is the HyGrid by Alma Hybrid?
The HyGrid by Alma Hybrid combines the best features of ablative and non-ablative lasers in one convenient applicator. Ablative lasers work to remove damaged cells, while non-ablative lasers heat the lower layers to encourage collagen production.
Sereno Santé prefers hybrid lasers because they give people the best possible results with fewer side effects and less downtime. They are also considered safe for those with darker skin tones. Alma Hybrid is an excellent choice for improving your appearance without having to take too much time off from your busy schedule.
What is treatment like with the HyGrid by Alma Hybrid?
Laser skin resurfacing at Sereno Santé is usually well tolerated and should not cause too much discomfort. Sessions can be performed in as little as 10 – 20 minutes and do not require invasive measures. Dr. Chakerian or a trained team member in San Jose, CA can give you detailed pre-and post-treatment instructions, especially if you have a darker complexion.
How to prepare for laser skin resurfacing
There are a few ways women can ensure the best possible results from laser skin resurfacing. First, protect your skin from sun exposure before and after your appointment. Wearing sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher, avoiding tanning beds, and wearing protective clothing can prevent unwanted pigmentation changes.
Second, avoid any procedures that could irritate the skin, such as waxing and chemical peels. Third, discontinue the use of any medications or products that could increase your skin's sensitivity, such as retinoids and certain acne medications. Sereno Santé can provide a list of things to avoid beforehand.
Caring for your skin after laser treatment
Since peeling is a common side effect of laser skin resurfacing, do not pick at or pull off any loose skin. This can cause scarring or hyperpigmentation. Keep the area clean using gentle cleansers and avoid harsh exfoliants until recovery has ended. Moisturizers and ointments are a great way to soothe the skin and speed up the healing process.
See what hybrid lasers can do for your skin
We understand that laser skin resurfacing can seem intimidating. Anyone with concerns about their skin tone or how the HyGrid may affect their appearance is welcome to contact Sereno Santé. Dr. Maia Chakerian can provide information about the HyGrid by Alma Hybrid and help you decide if this aesthetic treatment is right for you in San Jose, CA. We are proud to help women feel confident and beautiful in their skin.