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How to treat Hyperpigmentation?

Melanin is the substance, or pigment, that gives skin its color. Dark-skinned people have more melanin in their skin, while light- or fair-skinned people have less melanin. Hyperpigmentation is caused by an overproduction of melanin and is characterized by the appearance of patches of skin that are darker than the normal surrounding skin.

Hyperpigmentation in light-skinned people is typically caused by sun damage from overexposure to the sun but hormones may also play an integral role. Hyperpigmentation in darker-skinned people is typically caused by melasma (a patchy brown discoloration of the skin that usually occurs during pregnancy) or post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, or PIH (typically caused by injury or inflammation to the skin).

Consulting a skin care specialist for your Hyperpigmentation is crucial so that they can determine the underlying cause of the condition and the most effective course of treatment.

Hyperpigmentation treatment options for dark-skinned people

  • Topical retinoids to treat PIH
  • Topical Creams containing Niacinimide
  • Hydroquinolone therapy to treat Hyperpigmentation caused by Melasma
  • Chemical Peels
  • Cosmelan
  • Very few Laser Treatments

You should choose a skin care specialist with solid credentials, extensive training and a proven track record. P. Alexander Ataii, M.D. is a skin care specialist in the San Diego area who specializes in both cosmetic and diagnostic skin treatment procedures such as laser treatments, chemical peels and Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) therapy. P. Alexander Ataii M.D. is well known among his patients and colleagues alike for his warm, comforting demeanor and professional honesty. He has been featured in various magazines and has appeared on national television networks such as NBC and ABC for his contributions to the field of aesthetics.

P. Alexander Ataii is also affiliated with the American Academy of Anti-Aging, American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery and American Academy of Laser Medicine and Surgery.

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Medical Director of Laser Cliniqúe

P. Alexander Ataii M.D. is the Medical Director and Founder of Laser Cliniqúe in San Diego. He is a skilled skin care specialist who focuses on all aspects of the skin both diagnostic and cosmetic.

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) Update

Updated May 20th, 2020

Effective immediately the following will occur:

  • 1. We have received clearance from San Diego county and are now open and seeing patients
  • 2. We require any person entering our office to wear a mask or face covering
  • 3. Under federal anti-discrimination laws, we have the right to refuse service to any person for any reason except for race or color

We are constantly updating our services and staffing according to the local and national recommendations and will always place your health and well-being as our top priority.

We have added a new filtration system with bipolar ionization attached to multiple HVAC systems throughout our office and had HEPA filters installed. This filtration system is similar to ones that are in hospital operating rooms. It will create reduced virus zones. We also spray the entire office at night with Electrostatic which generates charged droplets that repel one another and actively seek out environmental surfaces, which they stick to and even wrap around to coat all sides and disinfects bacteria and viruses off any surface within 2 minutes.

If you are sick or mildly sick, please stay home. If you are suffering from any of these symptoms such as fever, cough, fatigue, no appetite, shortness of breath, sputum production, runny nose, vomiting, diarrhea or body ache please reschedule your appointment. We will reschedule your appointment without penalty or fees after 14 days.

We continue to exercise all the latest recommendations that are handed down by the CDC. These include:

  • Staff have been fully informed and trained to understand the disease process and its modes of transmission.
  • All staff, vendors and ancillary personnel are being asked to refrain from coming to this office if they have any signs or symptoms of a cold or an upper respiratory tract infection.
  • Every patient is also being asked to refrain from coming to the office if they have any symptoms.
  • We are asking our patients about any pertinent travel history.
  • Hand-washing continues to be the most important mode of prevention. Although it is a part of what we constantly do, now we are doing so with heightened vigilance and attention.
  • We have instituted a “no handshakes no hug” policy for now.
  • We have asked all vendors that any unnecessary meetings are canceled until further notice.
  • Any exit and entrance from our office are followed by a protocol of changing shoes, scrubs and sanitization.
  • As we are an accredited medical facility, we are constantly sanitizing all surfaces. We have now vamped that up and our routine, multiple times a day, wiping down all surfaces, desks, door handles, keyboards and restroom facilities. We have assigned a person that does so on a constant basis.

Although Covid-19 is a serious issue, we strongly believe that it will pass and hopefully make our infrastructure and our ability to deal with pandemics in this Country even better than it currently is. We are monitoring this situation on a real-time basis and will not sit back until we know that we have done everything possible to avoid unnecessary exposure.

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