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Hyperpigmentation Specialist

West Derm Center -  - Dermatology

West Derm Center

Dermatology located in Bronx, NY, White Plains, NY, New Rochelle, NY & Yonkers, NY

Hyperpigmentation is an umbrella term used to describe conditions that lead to patches of darker skin. If you have hyperpigmentation issues, the top-rated dermatology team at West Derm Center can help. They have clinics in White Plains, New Rochelle, and Yonkers, New York, as well as three Bronx locations in Pelham Gardens, Kingsbridge, and Spuyten Duyvil. Get started on your customized hyperpigmentation treatment plan by booking a consultation today. You can conveniently book a visit at any office through the website or over the phone.

Hyperpigmentation Q & A

What causes hyperpigmentation?

Hyperpigmentation isn’t typically a medical concern, although it could be a warning sign of an underlying medical condition, which is why you shouldn’t ignore it. Darker skin patches, as with melasma or sun damage, occur when melanocyte cells produce excessive melanin, a skin-darkening pigment.

Any of the following issues can increase melanin production and cause hyperpigmentation:

  • Certain drugs, such as chemotherapy medications
  • Endocrine conditions, like Addison’s disease
  • Hormonal changes, as with pregnancy

Your risk of hyperpigmentation further increases because of too much ultraviolet (UV) ray exposure, either from the sun or from tanning beds. 

When should I see a dermatologist for hyperpigmentation?

Anytime you notice changes in your skin and the development of dark patches, it’s important to come into West Derm Center for an evaluation. You should book a skin check appointment if you experience:

  • Changes in the size or color of pigmented spots
  • Increasing numbers of brown-gray patches
  • Sudden development of hyperpigmentation issues

You should also come into West Derm Center if your dark patches started forming after beginning a new medication. After examining your skin and looking at hyperpigmented spots closely with a specialized light, your dermatologist can let you know which treatments may be most effective for your condition.  

How does a dermatologist treat hyperpigmentation?

Restoring your even skin tone is important for your confidence and self-esteem. At West Derm Center, you have plenty of modern hyperpigmentation solutions available, so your dark patches won’t have to affect you any longer. Your hyperpigmentation treatment plan might include any of the following options:

  • Chemical peels, including the VI Peel® 
  • Intense pulsed light (IPL) treatments
  • Laser skin resurfacing 
  • Hydroquinone cream 
  • Microdermabrasion 
  • Topical retinoids 

Once your dermatologist at West Derm Center designs your hyperpigmentation treatment plan, they talk with you about preventive measures you can take. For example, covering your skin while you’re outside, avoiding indoor tanning, and applying a broad-spectrum sunscreen daily are all helpful for minimizing pigmentation issues.

West Derm Center provides up-to-date hyperpigmentation treatments right in the office. Click the online scheduler to book your evaluation or call any office to speak with a team member today. 

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