Hyperpigmentation

Jewell Family & Elder Medicine PA

Family Medicine Physicians & Aesthetics Specialists located in Rock Hill, SC

If you’re unhappy with the look of darkened patches on your face or hands, you can find nonsurgical solutions at Jewell Family & Elder Medicine PA in Rock Hill, South Carolina. Board-certified physician, James Jewell, MD, is skilled in laser aesthetic technology and offers in-office hyperpigmentation treatments using the Icon™ laser system by Cynosure®. You can address age spots, melasma, and even sun damage without incisions or damage to your skin. Find out if you’re a candidate for hyperpigmentation laser treatments by calling the office or by booking an appointment online now.

Hyperpigmentation Q & A

What causes hyperpigmentation?

Hyperpigmentation is a skin condition causing darkened patches of skin, often on the face, hands, and other areas exposed to the sun. This skin darkening is the result of excessive production of melanin — a pigment that produces your natural skin color.

Common examples of hyperpigmentation include sunspots that develop from unprotected exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays of the sun. You may also have melasma, a skin condition that causes dark patches to form because of fluctuations in your hormone levels, common with pregnancy and menopause.

Other common types of hyperpigmentation include:

  • Freckles
  • Acne scars
  • Age spots

While age spots and freckles aren’t harmful to your health, you may wish to minimize their appearance to improve your satisfaction with your skin.

How is hyperpigmentation treated?

While there are prescription creams that can lighten areas of darkened skin, the Jewell Family & Elder Medicine PA team specializes in noninvasive laser technologies to achieve better results.

Using the advanced technologies of the Icon™ laser system, your provider delivers laser energy below your skin’s surface. This energy targets dark pigments in the hyperpigmented areas, breaking down their structure without harming surrounding skin tissue.

Over time, freckles and age spots begin to fade and you can see a significant reduction in their appearance. Laser treatments can also stimulate the growth of new collagen that plumps up your skin, improving its texture, and offering you a more vibrant appearance.

Are laser treatments for hyperpigmentation safe?

Icon laser technology is safe for all types of skin and effective for treating unwanted areas of hyperpigmentation.

Following your in-office laser treatment, you may experience mild redness, swelling, and some discomfort that’s similar to a sunburn. These issues resolve without additional medical treatment, but you can use an ice pack and over-the-counter pain relievers to keep yourself comfortable.

Your doctor also provides guidance for keeping your skin healthy and can recommend moisturizers and other skin care products to prevent dryness and flaking.

To get rid of age spots or other types of hyperpigmentation, schedule a consultation at Jewell Family & Elder Medicine PA today using the convenient online booking feature or by calling the office. 

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