What is hyperpigmentation?

Hyperpigmentation- including for dark skin Lifecycle and hormonal changes can affect the distribution of color (melanin) in our skin, leading to the appearance of sun spots, age spots, or melasma- a dark, patchy facial discoloration condition.
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Most people (men and women)  age thirty and over with moderately pigmented skin (Fitzpatrick type I-III) should consider having Photofacials/IPL treatments done to assist in correcting years of photo damage. If you have a darker Fitzpatrick Skin Type, we still have options for you!

Cosmetic flaws can be the result of many factors. If you don’t have them yet, you will have them soon! At Vivo, we use the Harmony®XL Pro to give Photofacial/IPL (Intense Pulse Light) treatments.

DYE VL Technology Can Treat:

  • Vascular lesions
  • Port wine stains
  • Hemangioma
  • Rosacea
  • Venous malformation

Benign vascular lesions, usually red in color, are lesions caused by an abnormal clustering of blood vessels. By selectively heating and closing off these blood vessels, the Photofacial/IPL pulsed light reduces the lesions while sparing nearby tissue from injury.

Pigmented lesions are clusters of melanin and can appear brown, as these pigmented lesions are treated; the light energy heats the melanin in the lesions and causes it to fragment. The melanin fragments are then absorbed by the body and eliminated.

Harmony’s light-based and laser treatments remove the appearance of spots  and pigmentation by targeting the melanin in the darkened area, clearing all layers of the pigmentation and revealing even-toned, unblemished skin.

Dye VL technology works by targeting only the dark parts of your skin. This process ensures that the laser only treats the specific pigment. Dye VL targets the melanin (dark or brown pigment) in your skin.

The laser emits short bursts of light and as the temperature rises in the skin, the cells with the pigment are broken down. After treatment, the skin make flake off for the first few days, and there may also be some discoloration. The treated cells will be replaced with normal cells as the skin regenerates.

Does the treatment hurt?

The treatment is virtually pain free. Some patients may feel the sensation of a light rubber band snap to the skin.

What can I expect after a treatment?

After your treatment, you can resume to your normal activities. However, you must avoid the sun and wear sunscreen.

You might experience mild swelling. Expect any dark pigmentation to sluff off.

The Gold Standard for Treating Vascular Lesions & Pigment Changes

Since Alma introduced its Dye-VL module, industry leaders have proclaimed it the technology of choice when treating vascular lesions.

The Dye-VL module, exclusive to Alma’s flagship Harmony XL PRO, gives us a way of utilizing Dye-VL technology with the safety, reliability and affordability of pulsed light.


AFT™ technology converts unused light into the usable spectrum, increasing emission and penetration into the treatment area and allowing for lower fluence to be used to achieve the desired outcome.

With lower energy required to achieve results, the chances of unwanted side effects are minimized. This gives patients an unparalleled level of safety.

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