What are My Options for Treating Melasma and Other Pigmentation Concerns?

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Woman with even skin pigmentationMelanin is a natural, dark pigment that is found in our skin. An overproduction of melanin can cause several types of uneven skin pigmentation including freckles and age spots.

Melasma is one common pigmentation concern that is characterized by patches of symmetrical, dark discoloration. This skin condition frequently develops due to hormonal changes caused by pregnancy or birth control pills. If you suffer from melasma or another form of hyperpigmentation, you may feel self-conscious about your complexion. The good news is that it’s possible to achieve the smooth, radiant skin you desire!

There are several ways to achieve a more even skin tone, including:

  • PicoSure: The PicoSure treatment uses laser energy to stimulate a response in the skin cells around the uneven pigmentation, signaling them to eliminate any discoloration.  PicoSure can improve a wide range of pigmentation concerns, and it is so effective that it can even be used to remove unwanted tattoo!
  • Spot Peels: A spot peel is a mild, targeted chemical peel that is specifically formulated to treat uneven pigmentation. There is no downtime associated with this treatment and it can be repeated to help you maintain an even complexion.  
  • Bleaching Cream: Also known as skin lightening creams or skin brighteners, bleaching creams can improve the appearance of melasma and other pigmentation concerns. You can apply these creams topically from the comfort of your own home to reduce dark spots and they are easy to incorporate into your existing beauty routine. Our dermatologists can recommend a cream that is best suited to address your unique skin concerns. 

If you suffer from uneven skin pigmentation, please schedule a consultation with our dermatologists by calling (212) 688-5882. At JUVA Skin & Laser Center, we consider it a pleasure to help individuals from Manhattan, Woodside, NYC, and around the world achieve the results they desire.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What causes uneven skin pigmentation?

Uneven skin pigmentation can develop for many reasons. Hyperpigmentation is the most common form of uneven skin tone and includes:

  • Age spots and sun spots: Dark, asymmetrical spots can form on your skin as a result of age or lifestyle factors that increase your body’s melanin production and distribution. Melanin is the dark brown pigment in the skin.
  • Melasma: The dark patches of melasma typically appear as a result of hormone changes from pregnancy or birth control.
  • Post-inflammatory pigmentation: These marks appear when melanin production increases in response to an injury or wound. The most common example of this is a dark mark left behind from acne.
  • Freckles: These spots are primarily genetic, though sun exposure can cause them to darken.  

Is it common to get uneven skin pigmentation during pregnancy?

Melasma is one common pigmentation concern that is characterized by patches of symmetrical, dark discoloration. This skin condition frequently develops due to hormonal changes caused by pregnancy or birth control pills.

What treatment is right for me?

The best treatment for you depends on a variety of factors including the type, intensity, and size of your dark spots, typically we suggest PicoSure. A personalized consultation with our experienced dermatologists can help you discover the most effective treatment for your personal skin concerns.

Is a PicoSure session painful?

During a PicoSure treatment, you will likely experience a feeling that resembles a rubber band snapping against your skin. You may also feel a warm sensation in the treatment area. Many patients find the treatment tolerable, though we can also numb the area for optimal comfort. Our team will do everything they can to make your laser tattoo removal session more comfortable

Is each session of PicoSure a long ordeal?

PicoSure is 100x times faster than any other laser on the market. This means in under 10 minutes, you will require fewer sessions overall in order to achieve your desired results.