You might refer to it as “age spots” or “sun spots”, but an uneven complexion is one of the top skin-related frustrations that many people encounter. Hyperpigmentation, as it is officially called, is a skin condition where the skin produces too much melanin, resulting in dark spots or patches.

Although hyperpigmentation is usually harmless, it can age us and minimize the appearance of an otherwise vibrant complexion. So, what causes this dark, patchy uneven skin tone?

Hyperpigmentation Triggers

There are two main factors that can trigger hyperpigmentation: extrinsic and intrinsic. Extrinsic factors are caused by external elements like sun damage or physical trauma. Intrinsic factors are caused by internal elements such as hormones, or adrenal insufficiency.

Regardless of the trigger, this excess pigment is formed as a consequence of a physiological process known as melanogenesis. This complex process causes the body to produce excess melanin (pigment) as a defense mechanism against inflammation and/or trauma.

Melanocytes, which are epidermal cells responsible for producing pigment, are oxidized and transported up to the skin’s surface appearing as hyperpigmentation, also known as age spots.

Among other tasks, our skin has the responsibility to act as a protective barrier between the external and internal environment; the activity of melanogenesis is a part of that protective duty. 

Treatments for Hyperpigmentation

There are many products and treatments on the market that promise to lighten dark spots and remove pigmentation. However, some skin-lightening agents have a controversial reputation, and many treatments that target hyperpigmentation are not safe for all skin tones.

So, what can be done to treat this tricky skin condition? Microneedling is a safe and effective solution to treat hyperpigmentation and remove dark spots. During a microneedling session, tiny needles create micro punctures in the skin’s dermal layers while leaving the epidermis (the top layer) of the skin completely intact without any damage.

This minimally invasive treatment works by activating the body’s wound healing response and as a result, breaks up pigment by stimulating growth factors, remodeling collagen, and increasing product penetration through microchannels.

DermaFrac Microneedling Treatment

At OWM Integrative Wellness, we offer DermaFrac microneedling treatments. This is a unique treatment that is not offered at any other spa in Buffalo. The Genesis Biosystems DermaFrac device combines microneedling with microdermabrasion and LED for a well-rounded therapy that effectively treats hyperpigmentation.

Many traditional needling treatments involve the pressing of needles into the skin. This can create unnecessary surface irritation and pain. The advanced technology of the DermaFrac system utilizes a dermaroller containing 180 ultra fine needles and a special vacuum mechanism which makes the procedure virtually pain-free.

As the dermaroller creates microchannels in the skin, the DermaFrac system simultaneously enables a deeper infusion of safe and potent skin lightening agents, such as kojic acid, peptides, or platelet-rich plasma. DermaFrac microneedling is one of the most effective ways to maximize production penetration due to this cutting-edge technology! 

DermaFrac at OWM

A series of 6 DermaFrac treatments is usually recommended to treat tricky skin conditions such as hyperpigmentation, as well as establishing a proper home care routine and regular sunscreen use. Initial treatments are typically spaced 2-4 weeks apart with maintenance treatments recommended to support anti-aging and keep the skin tone even and radiant. 

Whether you had a little too much fun in the sun in the past, or are struggling with uneven skin tone due to aging, DermaFrac microneedling can be the solution to a brighter, more even-toned complexion. Contact us today for your free skin evaluation and to learn more about the advanced technology of DermaFrac.