What is hyperpigmentation?
This condition is characterized by excess pigment in the skin which presents as darkened areas anywhere on the face or body.
What causes hyperpigmentation?
Darkening and discoloration of the skin can be caused by:
- Surgical or injury scars
- Acne scars
- Birthmarks and moles
- Sun damage
How do we effectively treat hyperpigmentation?
We recommend different cosmetic procedures to reduce hyperpigmentation depending on the type of pigmentation and your skin type. Some of the treatments for hyperpigmentation that we offer include:
- Chemical peel: Trichloroacetic acid is used to remove the top layer of skin to improve and smooth the texture and reduce the discoloration of darkened areas.
- Fraxel Dual Laser: A non-invasive resurfacing laser treatment that lightens and improves the appearance of hyperpigmentation. Some hyperpigmentation will disappear with one treatment while some may lighten over a course of several treatments.
- Deka Dot Laser: A resurfacing laser treatment that helps to even out skin tone and pigmentation.
What can I expect?
Your practitioner will evaluate your skin and consult with you on the best course of action to improve the appearance of your hyperpigmentation. Depending on the treatment you have, one treatment may be enough for very superficial discoloration, while several treatments may be required to achieve desired results. Improvements and a lightening of discolored areas will become more noticeable with each treatment.
Have a question about your treatment?
We have a dedicated triage nurse (RN) who answers patient questions during office hours. If you have a problem or question about a procedure or a prescribed medication, please call our office and ask to speak to our nurse. If she is unable to answer your question, she will consult with your practitioner and return your call.