9 of the Best Treatments for Dark Skin
Not all skin treatments are safe for all skin types. Dark skin, light skin - and all the colors in between - react differently to light based treatments like lasers. Burns and other skin injuries (like infections or blisters) can cause scarring. Poorly administered skin treatments can cause skin damage that leaves light spots, dark spots - or both. People with a darker complexion are at a higher risk for color loss than those with lighter skin - so it's especially important for them to find the best treatments for dark skin!
Because it can be confusing, we put together a list of the best treatments for dark skin. Everything listed below has been tested and was chosen for its exceptional safety record.
If you've had trouble with color changes after skin care treatments, make an appointment to talk to a dermatologist. Reputable med spas and doctors offices will test a treatment on a small inconspicuous area to see how your skin will react.
Dr. James Green, a plastic surgeon in Santa Fe, says the following about the skin color changes that occur with lasers - even in light skinned people:
"Previous options included treatments such as lasers or (deep) chemical peels, both of which require sedatives to reduce the pain levels. Each option has been proven to have undesirable long-term results. Ablative lasers cause noticeable changes to skin pigmentation. After laser treatment, the face at first turns very red and eventually turns a pale white. When you denature the collagen, as is done with ablative lasers, the new collagen growth is white. The effect lasts indefinitely and is even noticeable through makeup.
The same type of discoloration occurs with use of 'deep' chemical peels. Each of these procedures has longer recuperation times, up to a year or more. The healing time for a SkinPen (micro-needling) treatment by comparison is almost non-existent. It is normal for a patient’s skin to have lost all redness and the majority of swelling within the first four days of treatment. The rejuvenating effects are clearly noticeable, longer lasting, and free of the pigmentation problems prevalent in previously available treatments."
Botox softens wrinkles by blocking the nerves that move muscles. These injections work best on the wrinkles that you see when you move your face.
Juvederm is an injectable filler. It "fills" deep wrinkles and helps to restore lost fullness in the face, lips, and hands.
Voluma is an injectable filler that brings contour and a subtle lift to cheekbones for up to two years. When Voluma is injected onto your cheekbones, very little filler is needed to "fill" your smile lines.
A liquid facelift is a combination of Botox, Juvederm, and Voluma. These three injectables are used together to give a truly impressive result.
Micro-needling is great for wrinkles, scars, and aging skin. It makes your skin healthy, and in turn, more beautiful.
Kybella is used to treat a double chin. It's a set of carefully placed injections under your chin that eliminate fat.
COOLSCULPTING & COOLMINI
CoolSculpting & CoolMini can be used to remove stubborn fat. They're great for those areas that exercise and diet haven't been able to fix.
Facials are a great way to pamper yourself and give your skin that gorgeous glow. Just about every kind of facial works for dark skin - but skip the pimple extractions!
The Thread Lift
It's not really a new way to treat wrinkles. The thread lift has been around a while, but the old thread lifts weren't very good. These NEW thread lifts use absorbable thread and get great results!
Amy Takken, RN
Amy Takken is a registered nurse with 20+ years of experience helping people improve their health. Her in-depth skincare articles have been featured on Nazarian Plastic Surgery and The Palm Beach Center for Facial Plastic & Laser Surgery. Amy loves research and constantly watches for new products and treatments to help you improve your skin’s health – because healthy skin is beautiful! To reach Amy, visit our contact page.
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