Melasma, a common hyperpigmentation problem that causes skin discoloration, affects nearly five million Americans. Dr. Rabin Rozehzadeh and Dr. Arash Gohari of Park Avenue Aesthetics in South Plainfield, New Jersey, are experts at administering laser treatments and organic facial peels for hyperpigmentation so you don’t have to feel self-conscious about a dark patch of skin on your face or another part of your body. To learn more, use the online booking tool to schedule a consultation or call the office.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is hyperpigmentation?
Hyperpigmentation is a condition in which patches of your skin become darker than the surrounding area. The leading cause of hyperpigmentation is spending too much time in the sun. The condition develops when an excess of melanin — a brown pigment that produces your normal skin color — concentrates in one area of your skin.
Hyperpigmentation can affect every skin color, so it’s not just limited to those with fair skin.
How is hyperpigmentation treated?
Hyperpigmentation is often treated with prescription lotions containing vitamin C or a skin-lightening agent like hydroquinone. You can prevent future areas of hyperpigmentation by using a sunscreen with a high concentration of zinc oxide every day, and wearing a hat to protect your face from direct sunlight.
Dr. Rozehzadeh and Dr. Gohari recommend using organic facial peels or laser energy to treat darker areas of pigment on your skin. Lasers are effective at treating a particular area of hyperpigmentation without causing damage to the surrounding tissue. They also improve your skin tone and promote increased collagen production.
What can I expect with laser treatments?
Before a laser treatment for hyperpigmentation, it’s a good idea to stay out of the sun, so your skin doesn’t produce extra melanin. During the treatment, Dr. Rozehzadeh or Dr. Gohari use a handheld device to deliver laser energy to the affected area of your skin. The laser energy breaks apart the melanin under the surface of your skin to reduce the area of hyperpigmentation. Then your body disposes of the extra melanin naturally.
During the treatment, the laser feels similar to the snapping of rubber bands, but this sensation is temporary, and most adults can tolerate it for the duration of the session. If you’re concerned about discomfort, ask about a topical numbing cream before your treatment begins.
After a laser session, you may experience slight redness and swelling for several hours, but these effects usually goes away on their own. You should protect your skin by wearing a fragrance-free moisturizer or sunscreen and avoiding sun exposure for as long as the doctors recommend.
You may require several treatments to eliminate all of the hyperpigmentation.* Dr. Rozehzadeh and Dr. Gohari create a customized laser treatment plan based on your specific needs to achieve the results you desire.
You don’t have to live with hyperpigmentation. Call the office or schedule a consultation using the online tool to learn more.
*Individual results may vary.