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Hyperpigmentation is the term used for dark spots and discolored patches of skin. This is common for many people as you age, however, it can also occur during pregnancy, if you are taking birth control pills or hormone replacement therapy, or if you have extensive exposure to the sun. The darkening of the skin is due to an increase of melanin. If you have dark spots or patches on your skin, there are several effective Hyperpigmentation treatment options that will lighten and/or eliminate them.

Chemical Peels
A chemical peel is one of the most popular skin lightening techniques used to remove hyperpigmentation. Chemical peels are excellent for the removal of hyperpigmentation that is caused by acne scarring, age spots, and melasma. The procedure is done at the Laser Clinique and does not require anesthesia. Chemical peels are available in three potency levels, superficial, medium and deep. Not only does a chemical peel help to remove dark spots, but it will also remove dead skin and clogged pores, so your skin will have a fresh, healthy look. The procedure typically only takes about 30 minutes. The side effects are extremely minimal and typically only include redness, dry peeling skin and slight discomfort for a couple of days following the procedure.

Intense Pulsed Light
IPL (intense pulsed light) is also a popular choice to remove hyperpigmentation. Although IPL can be used with most skin tones, it works best on clients who have light skin. IPL is not the same type of treatment as laser and is often referred to as a photo facial. IPL is not only beneficial for dark spots, but it is excellent for removing reduce rosacea, broken capillaries and it helps to stimulate the production of collagen. As you age, the collagen begins to decrease, which causes wrinkles, but IPL can help your skin have a tighter, fresher look.

Other Hyperpigmentation Treatment Options

Although many of the above treatment options are beneficial for hyperpigmentation, P. Alexander Ataii M.D. of Laser Clinique will be able to determine which treatment will be the most beneficial for your specific skin type and the degree of dark patches.

  • Laser treatments such as ActiveFX
  • PDT
  • Microdermabrasion

There are a number of products sold over the counter that claims to smooth skin and remove hyperpigmentation, however, many of these products can cause severe damage to your skin. It is recommended that you only visit a professional medical facility for treatments to remove dark spots.

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