What is Hyperpigmentation?

Melasma ~ Sunspots ~ Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation

Hyperpigmentation causes patches of skin to become darker than the surrounding skin. It occurs when the skin produces excess melanin, the pigment that gives skin its color.

This darkening occurs when an excess of melanin, the brown pigment that produces normal skin color, forms deposits in the skin. Extra melanin creates spots or patches that look brown, black, gray, red or pink.

Hyperpigmentation can affect the skin color of people of any race.

Treatment Options

Laser Treatments

Laser therapies can help break up melanocytes and lighten the skin. Lasers remove the damaged top layer of skin and increasing collagen production, making the skin’s surface smoother giving a more even appearance.

Toppical Treatments

Many people use topical treatments to treat hyperpigmentation. Topical treatments will include ingredients that can lighten the skin

Chemical peels

Chemical peels can help hyperpigmentation over time with multiple treatments plus following post care instructions.

A chemical peels use acids at stronger concentrations to treat the desired area of skin. They reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentation by removing the top layer of the skin (epidermis). Some concentrations may also penetrate the middle layer of the skin (dermis) to produce more visible results.


Is a procedure that uses small, sterilized needles to prick the skin. The treatment generates new collagen and skin tissue to smooth, firm, and tone. Improving the appearance of acne, scars, dark spots, wrinkles, and large pores.


Microdermabrasion treatments use a minimally invasive way to exfoliate dead or damaged skin cells, removing the thicker, uneven outer layer. The skin is now revealing smoother, brighter skin. This type of skin rejuvenation is used to treat light scarring, discoloration, sun damage and stretch marks.

*Multiple treatments may be required to achieve desired results, depending on the severity or type of skin irregularity. Patient's results may vary due to individual health, treatment plan and post treatment routine.

Treatment Plans & Home Care Routines Are Different For Every Patient

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