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Pigment & Rednessin New Orleans, LA | Audubon Dermatology

Pigment & Rednessin New Orleans, LA | Audubon Dermatology

Why is my skin red?

Redness and pigmentation are the two most common problems that affect skin tone in men and women alike. This is often caused by an accumulation of sun damage in combination with environmental factors, genetics, and sometimes underlying health issues. The following are common sources of skin redness and discoloration frequently treated with lasers at Audubon Dermatology: Active Acne, Acne Scars, Angiomas, Rosacea, Poikiloderma of Civatte, Red scars, Red Stretch Marks, and Telangiectasias (spider veins). At Audubon Dermatology, we offer the most advanced laser treatments available to clear or significantly improve the appearance of these conditions.

How do lasers improve pigment and redness?

Lasers improve redness and pigmentation by using various laser wavelengths to target red and brown in the skin. The small blood vessels or pigmented cells absorb the laser's concentration of light or energy, breaking them apart. This causes efficient destruction of the targeted areas while leaving surrounded tissue undamaged. However, vasculature often rebuilds itself over time, therefore additional treatments may be necessary to maintain results.

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What lasers are available to treat pigment and redness?

IPL

An IPL photo-facial uses a broad band light to target both brown and red discoloration. It can diminish freckles, sun spots, facial veins, diffused redness, and brighten the overall skin tone anywhere on the body. The most common treatment areas include face, neck, chest, and hands.

Although you will see results after your first treatment, it often takes 2-3 treatment sessions to achieve optimal results. Maintenance treatments are also recommended 1-2 times a year.

Excel V 

The Excel V laser encompasses two different wavelengths that can target a multitude of different concerns. The Excel V 532nm wavelength improves facial redness by targeting small blood vessels, located just beneath the skin’s surface. The blood vessels absorb the laser’s concentration of heat and are destroyed. Although you will see results after your first treatment, it often takes 2-3 treatment sessions to see optimal results. It is also recommended to have maintenance treatments 1-2 times a year.
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The Excel V 1064nm Nd:Yag wavelength targets the dilated blood vessels beneath the skin’s surface, breaking them apart to be naturally absorbed by the body. We use the Nd:Yag laser for larger facial veins that are typically along the sides of the nose or cheeks.

If you are troubled by pigmentation or redness, Drs. Hooper and Jackson will first meet with you and discuss medical treatment of any underlying skin diseases including acne, rosacea, or melasma. We will recommend using topical therapies in combination with laser treatments to effectively treat your concern.

Fraxel Thulium

The Fraxel Thulium 1927 wavelength targets the upper layers of the skin, which is where pigmentation lies.  The pigmentation is shed from the skin over three to five days, revealing smoother, brighter, younger-looking skin.

Deirdre Hooper, MD, and Sarah Jackson, MD, offer technologically advanced comprehensive skin care for men and women in New Orleans, Metairie, Kenner, and the nearby communities of Louisiana. To learn more about laser treatments for redness and pigmentation, contact us to schedule a consultation.

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