Hyperpigmentation is the name doctors and other health professionals give to patches of skin that become darker over time. It’s a common condition stemming from a variety of environmental and health factors that many individuals experience, especially as they age. There’s no exact cause for hyperpigmentation, but it can come from excessive tanning, acne, or simply aging.
Hyperpigmentation occurs when the skin produces excess melanin and can happen to all skin types. It’s usually harmless to your health, but many individuals do not like the way it looks and opt for procedures that will help to get rid of this discoloration.
Procedures that Help with Hyperpigmentation
There are numerous products available on the market that advertise themselves as cures for hyperpigmentation. With some trial and error, you may find skin creams or masks that will help lighten the spots. However, it’s difficult to treat because hyperpigmentation starts in the deeper layers of the dermis, and creams can only do so much. Creams, masks, and scrubs don’t typically penetrate deep enough to eliminate discoloration.
Chemical peels are one way to improve the look of hyperpigmented spots on the face. This treatment should be done by a medical professional, as it involves the combination of acids and enzymes that will cause the outer layer of skin to “peel” away, leaving your skin looking refreshed and brighter.
A broadband light treatment like BBL utilizes heat and light to help get rid of age spots, wrinkles, rough skin, or acne. There are a variety of tools and different BBL treatments you can find at the HIllelson-Whipple clinic, and the right one will be determined for you by a professional after a consultation.
Laser resurfacing is a similar treatment that is done with a special tool. This tool heats the layers of the dermis to precisely treat affected areas of the skin. This is a simple procedure with minimal recovery time, but may require several sessions to get complete results.
Any of these treatments are excellent for any individual wishing to treat their hyperpigmentation without invasive procedures. Using light and heat treatments can drastically reduce the look of dark spots with minimal risks. There may be some redness or discomfort the first time, but this should fade quickly and allow you to go about your normal daily routines.
To determine which treatment is right for you, you should always consult with a doctor. They will be able to guide you in the right direction. Remember that you should keep your expectations realistic when seeking more natural treatments for hyperpigmentation. Many of these treatments require repeated sessions to achieve full results. While it is proven to be effective and there are numerous individuals happy with their results – nothing is magic. These treatments require time to be more effective.
Speak to a Professional Plastic Surgeon About Your Options
Contact the Hillelson-Whipple clinic to schedule an appointment with a professional to talk about treatment options for hyperpigmentation. Your doctor will be able to explain all of the procedures, help you select one, and answer any and all questions about the materials used, recovery time, and help you understand the effects of these treatments. Call us at 804-290-0060 to speak to one of our friendly staff members about your options. Our doctors have over 50 years of combined experience treating all types of skin conditions, so you know you’re in great hands.