Discoloration on the skin can be a source of embarrassment, especially when it comes to intimate areas or parts of your body you may feel self-conscious about. The pigment of our skin can darken for a variety of reasons, such as friction, hormones, body hair, medications, or simple genetics. The vast majority of the time, darkened skin is perfectly normal. That said, at Vibrant Rejuvenation Medi Spa in Commack, NY, we know that if you feel self-conscious about the pigment of your skin in intimate areas, you may want to consider body bleaching treatments.
What Is Body Bleaching?
Body bleaching is an aesthetic treatment that lightens the pigment of skin in one area of the body to match the surrounding skin tone. The goal of this treatment is to correct darker pigment that may not match your aesthetic goals. This treatment is increasingly popular for intimate areas of the body, particularly areas that are shaved often.
Treatments to bleach various parts of the body can be done in many ways. Sometimes, oral medications, topical creams, and body washes are used to correct pigmentation concerns. At a medispa, it’s also common to use a peel like a chemical peel or even a laser treatment to lighten the skin on the body. Depending on the area you want to treat, different treatment options can be explored.
Where Can You Use This Treatment?
Bleaching or lightening the skin can be done on virtually any area of the body. For example, it’s common to use this treatment to lighten the appearance of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation on the face, neck, back, or chest. However, the main use for this treatment is to lighten the pigment of intimate areas of the body, including the labia, anus, nipples, and penis.
One of the most common areas of treatment is the underarm, particularly for women. The skin of the armpit frequently darkens from a combination of deodorant products, shaving, and hormones. Many women feel self-conscious about dark underarm skin, even to the point where they go to great lengths to hide their underarms from view.
How Can You Prepare for Treatment?
Like any other aesthetic treatment, you will need to make some preparations before you can lighten the skin on your body. On the day of your appointment, be sure to cleanse the desired treatment area with mild soap and warm water. Do not wear lotion, powder, perfumes, or other products on these areas of the body.
You should also make sure that your skin is healthy for your appointment, which means rescheduling if you have active acne, psoriasis, or eczema on the day of your treatment. We may give you additional preparation instructions during your consultation appointment, such as whether or not you can shave or wax any treatment areas before your appointment.
How Soon Can You See Results?
The results of this treatment will appear gradually. In general, it will take about three to four appointments before you will see any significant results. Your treatment appointments are usually spaced a few weeks apart, depending on the type of bleaching treatment you are using. For example, a peel or laser treatment may be spaced one month apart, while topical treatments can be done every few weeks or even days.
The reason the results of your treatment are gradual is that it will take time for the pigment in your skin cells to break up and disperse. Based on the treatment you are using, pigmented skin cells may need to be shed to accomplish the best bleaching effect for your skin. It’s best to give your skin adequate recovery time between treatments to avoid triggering excess pigmentation.
What Should You Avoid After Your Treatment?
You must avoid any activity or product that can trigger melanin production in the skin. This means avoiding sun tanning, tanning beds, and self-tanning products on any area of the skin where you are using a bleaching treatment. Please wear SPF on any area of the body that has been treated when you plan to be outside during the daytime. You should also be sure to keep your skin moist after treatment.
How Long Will Results Last?
Many patients want to know if this treatment produces permanent results. Scientifically, there is no way to permanently lighten the tone of your skin, particularly when the darker pigment is caused by hormonal changes or genetics. In other words, the results of your treatment will be temporary.
The even-toned results of your treatment will last for as long as melanin production in the skin is not triggered. However, you can enjoy long-lasting results by adopting a regular treatment schedule after you have achieved your desired results. We can go over your maintenance options, such as how frequently you should have treatments, after your results are achieved.
Who Are Good Candidates?
Both women and men can use body bleaching to correct the tone of the skin on various areas of the body. Bleaching treatments are generally safe and well-tolerated. You can complete a bleaching treatment in a simple, short treatment session. Good candidates include those who are not allergic to bleaching agents, those who have healthy skin, those who are not currently pregnant or breastfeeding, and those who attend a consultation.
The consultation is important to determine whether or not this treatment is appropriate for your goals. Although this treatment can be used with most complexions, it’s still important for our skin experts to verify that your skin tone and type are ideal for this treatment. During your consultation, we will also assess the health of your skin, any conditions you may have that will restrict you from treatment, and previous bleaching treatments, such as at-home kits, you have tried in the past.
Reach Your Aesthetic Goals
Discolored skin or darker skin pigment can make you feel self-conscious about your body. But instead of worrying about darker skin pigment in intimate areas, you can use a simple non-invasive aesthetic treatment to make the pigment on your skin uniform. For more information about body bleaching, please contact Vibrant Rejuvenation Medi Spa in Commack, NY today.