13th Apr, 2018

Dealing with Hyperpigmentation in La Jolla


Age spots. Liver spots. Brown spots. You know them by several different names. But they all have one thing in common. Each is a form of hyperpigmentation in La Jolla. Medically termed as melasma, it’s that brown patch of skin that appears generally because of spending too much unprotected time in the sun. They are unattractive, and they can pop up on your face, arms, hands, or anywhere sunlight can cause damage to your skin.

Fortunately, Dr. Nasrin Mani of La Jolla Laser has the knowledge and experience with all forms of skin discoloration and dermatologic conditions to enable her to offer a variety of treatments for hyperpigmentation. Dr. Mani has treated many patients with melasma and similar skin discoloration with the Fraxel laser treatment.

Is it melasma or just a sunburn?

It can be common for someone to mistake hyperpigmentation in La Jolla as “just a little sunburn”. When the brown spots don’t lighten or disappear and have a spotty appearance to them, chances are it is a form of hyperpigmentation.

Why do some people get these dark spots even when they stay out of the sun?

Because of a hormonal link, women have a greater chance of having their skin darken than men. Brown spots on the face and abdomen are a natural occurrence during pregnancy. Taking oral contraceptives can also cause hyperpigmentation. Some people with acne will be left with dark spots on their skin once their condition clears. Freckles are considered a hereditary form of hyperpigmentation.

How can Dr. Mani make dark spots disappear?

The first step is to schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Mani. She will thoroughly examine your problem areas and address your concerns. Once the evaluation is completed, she will recommend a course of treatment best suited for your condition and your expectations. As a non-ablative laser treatment, the Fraxel laser is a wonderful non-invasive way to address dark spots on the skin. This laser is useful as a “full body” treatment, so it is able to address the hands, face, décolletage, shoulders, and even the thighs.

What other treatments are there for hyperpigmentation?

Dr. Mani may recommend other laser treatments better suited to your particular needs. Chemical peels can be used to gradually lighten age spots. Dr. Mani’s San Diego office offers various treatments so that patients can achieve optimal results.

Non-invasive treatments are ideal, especially for those who do not have much extra time. Keep in mind, however, that any treatment results may be temporary. If you continue to expose yourself unprotected to sunlight after being treated by Dr. Mani, the discoloration can and quite often will reappear.

If you have skin discoloration and would like to learn more about treatments that may be right for you, please schedule a consultation with Dr. Nasrin Mani by reaching out online or by calling La Jolla Laser at 858-225-8380.

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