With the spring and summer months almost upon us, we must be aware of a variety of sun-related issues and skin damage from the sun’s harmful UV rays. Often times, as a result of sun exposure, we develop patchy, spots of discoloration known as hyperpigmentation. These hyperpigmentation issues come in a number of different forms as a result of sun exposure and aging, as well as certain other issues such as fungus, bacteria, acne issues, and more. It is important to make yourself aware of each different type of hyperpigmentation as they each require their own hyperpigmentation treatment method. At Goals Plastic Surgery, they offer a variety of different hyperpigmentation treatment options using both topical methods and certain specialty procedures. To better help you understand the various types of hyperpigmentation; here is some important information to know.
· Sun Spots or Age Spots
These are some of the most common types of hyperpigmentation or discolorations. As the name indicates they are a product of constant sun exposure, sometimes over the course of a few years. These sun spots are also known as age spots, or pigmented lesions, that appear as common brown patches or spots. They vary in size, from tiny dots to or specks, to much larger semi-circular patches around the size of a nickel. As a hyperpigmentation treatment for age and sun spots, generally the team at Goals will recommend the use of certain topical creams in conjunction with laser therapy methods.
· Post-Acne Spots
For those suffering from moderate to severe acne, post-acne hyperpigmentation spots are especially likely. These post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation issues are usually characterized by a brownish patch or spot that occurs once your acne issues begin to heal. Generally, they will heal on their own after about 3 to 6 months; however, some patients may respond better to topical creams or ointments.
· Moles & Freckles
Freckles and moles are extremely common. Freckles are especially common amongst those with fair skin. While moles on the other hand, are semi-raised growths that can appear on those with a variety of different complexions from light to dark skin. Generally, these issues are benign, however at some point moles can develop into melanoma – once they change size, shape and color. When it comes to hyperpigmentation treatment, they generally need to be removed using an actual surgical scalpel or using other laser therapy procedures.
Melasma is a form of hyperpigmentation that is especially common in pregnant women, or those who take birth control pills, or are experiencing hormonal issues and are in need of hormone replacement therapy – especially during menopause. They appear as larger patches of darker, brown discolored skin. Individuals with darker shades of skin are much more likely to experience melasma as well.
For more information on hyperpigmentation treatment is sure to contact Goals Plastic Surgery today.