Treatment Solutions for Hyperpigmentation at Dermatology Associates of Atlanta

Hyperpigmentation is a medical term for a skin condition that causes darkened patches to appear on skin. Although it doesn’t affect a person’s health, it can negatively impact self-esteem. Therefore, our experienced providers at Dermatology Associates of Atlanta perform advanced treatment options for patients of all ages and skin types. If you have signs of hyperpigmentation, keep reading to learn about our effective solutions.

Treatment Solutions for Hyperpigmentation at Dermatology Associates of AtlantaWhich areas of the body are susceptible to hyperpigmentation?

Typically, the parts of the body that receive more direct sunlight have an increased susceptibility to developing hyperpigmentation. This means the face, hand or neck areas are at a higher risk, since they’re frequently exposed. However, not all cases of hyperpigmentation are the same. There are three primary categories: sun-induced, hormone-induced and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation.

  • Sun-induced hyperpigmentation is caused by prolonged exposure to the sun’s harmful UV rays. Most cases are found in patients who are above the age of 30-years-old, but it can also occur in younger age demographics.
  • Hormone-induced hyperpigmentation is more commonly found in women, especially if they are pregnant or on birth control. Usually, this is just the body’s response to increased estrogen and progesterone.
  • Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation can be a physical response to skin conditions like acne scarring or other forms of damaged tissue.

Hyperpigmentation treatment at Dermatology Associates of Atlanta

Treatment for hyperpigmentation begins with prevention. Broad spectrum sunscreen, long sleeve clothing, and a wide-brimmed hat are some tools that can be used to minimize direct sun exposure. Before we begin treatment on a hyperpigmentation patient, one of our experienced dermatologic providers will conduct an in-person consultation to determine which type of hyperpigmentation the patient has and the best fitting cosmetic treatment or product to improve symptoms.

Depending on a hyperpigmentation patient’s needs, they’ll receive one or more of the following options.

  • Cosmetics and over-the-counter creams for lightening the areas of pigmented skin to create better overall tone and consistency. This is a most moderate approach to treatment. For more comprehensive results, we also offer prescription skin lightening cream.
  • The Laser Institute of Georgia, our laser division at Dermatology Associates of Atlanta, uses a variety of different laser treatments that are designed to improve hyperpigmentation.
  • For a natural glow, we recommend one of our various chemical peels to resurface your skin, adding a vibrant quality to your look.

If you have any questions about hyperpigmentation treatment or to schedule a consultation at Dermatology Associates of Atlanta, call us at (404) 256-4457. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for updates on dermatology procedures and our monthly cosmetic specials and events!