Hyperpigmentation is a common condition where the patient develops darker patches of skin. Melanin is the substance in your skin that gives it its color. Excessive production of melanin causes certain areas to become blotchy and darker in appearance. As part of our cosmetic dermatology treatments at Spectrum Dermatology of Atlanta, we provide hyperpigmentation treatment at our clinic in Alpharetta.
Hyperpigmentation can occur in small, sparse patches, cover large areas or spread over the entire body. When you see darker patches of skin developing, it can be from a few different causes.
- Melasma – believed to be caused by hormonal changes, such as during pregnancy
- Sun spots or liver spots – caused by excess sun exposure
- Addison’s disease – a rare endocrine disease triggered by sun exposure
- Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation – resulting from injury or inflammation of the skin, such as with acne.
Your dermatologist will seek to identify the type of hyperpigmentation you have in order to determine the best possible treatment. Diagnosis of hyperpigmentation involves a physical exam, review of your health history and a possible skin biopsy.
Advanced Treatment for Excess Melanin Production
Once Dr. Murad or Dr. Spitzler pinpoint the cause of your hyperpigmentation, they can recommend a treatment plan tailored to your condition and its severity. Some of the common treatments for excess melanin production include:
- Topical creams
- Chemical peels
- Skin resurfacing (Laser therapy)
- Intense pulse light therapy
Certain skin tones respond better to particular therapies. Dr. Murad or Dr. Spitzler will share more about which treatments are best for you and explain what is involved in each one. For advanced treatment for hyperpigmentation in and around Atlanta, contact Spectrum Dermatology of Atlanta for a consultation and exam.