Hyperpigmentation is very common, but it can be difficult to treat. Since it’s a condition that affects men and women from all ethnic groups, millions of individuals deal with it daily.
Hyperpigmentation can be described as the production of excess melanin, which causes dark spots to form on the skin. Sun spots, freckles, liver spots and age spots can all result from this condition. If you’d like to fight back against hyperpigmentation, you have several treatment options available to you.
What Causes Hyperpigmentation?
When an excess of melanin develops on areas of your skin, it causes deposits to form. This can leave you with skin patches that look darker than the surrounding skin.
Some common areas that are known to develop excess melanin are the hands, arms and face. There are several different causes of hyperpigmentation, such as acne, heredity, failed skin treatments, hormonal changes and sun exposure.
In most cases, the condition is harmless, but since it can have a negative effect on your appearance, it can reduce your self-esteem and make you feel less confident.
How Can Hyperpigmentation Be Treated?
If this condition is affecting areas of your body, it’s important to know that you have options. One of the top treatments for dark spots offered at Pinnacle Dermatology is intense pulsed light (IPL) therapy. With this treatment, intense pulsed light is used to treat the excess melanin in your skin.
The light from this treatment destroys the color pigments that cause dark spots, leaving your skin with a smoother, more youthful appearance. IPL can be used to treat age spots, benign brown pigments, rosacea and more.
We also offer chemical peels to exfoliate and renew the skin. Like IPL, they are used to remove age spots and skin irregularities, but they are also useful for smoothing fine lines, improving skin elasticity and renewing the skin tone. These must be carefully performed by a professional, and the skilled experts at Pinnacle Dermatology have the experience necessary to perform a satisfying, quality chemical peel.
Laser Treatments for Hyperpigmentation
Since laser treatments are very popular, many patients want to understand how they work. During a typical laser treatment for hyperpigmentation, short pulses of laser light are passed into the target area, and the dark cells that contain the greatest amount of pigment absorb the laser light very well.
As the light is absorbed by the pigment, it causes the pigment to break apart. Over time, your body eliminates the broken pigments, which results in lighter skin in the treated areas.
Laser treatments are very popular because they’re good at removing dark spots, but they’re also effective for improving the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, skin texture and redness. One great example is fractional laser resurfacing. This is a quick, easy, noninvasive way to rejuvenate the skin.
If you’re considering any of these treatments, schedule an appointment with Pinnacle Dermatology to discuss your options. We can go over your cosmetic goals and help you decide which treatment would be best for you. Call our office in Birmingham, MI to let us help you achieve, brighter, more youthful skin.