Hyperpigmentation Specialist

Suffolk Face and Body

Body Sculpting & Cosmetic Specialist located in Port Jefferson Station, NY

Even if they’re harmless, the dark, discolored patches on your skin caused by hyperpigmentation can have a negative effect on your self-confidence. At Suffolk Face and Body in Port Jefferson Station, New York, Christopher Sinclair, MD uses his medical training to provide the most innovative cosmetic treatments available to improve your appearance. To learn more about noninvasive Cutera® laser procedures, call Suffolk Face and Body or schedule an appointment online today.

Hyperpigmentation Q & A

What is hyperpigmentation?

Melanin is the pigment that produces skin color. Hyperpigmentation occurs when areas of your skin become darker than others, due to excess amounts of melanin forming underneath your skin.

There are several forms of hyperpigmentation: age spots — also called liver or sun spots — are one of the most common. These are caused by sun damage and are often found on your head, face, or hands.

Other forms of hyperpigmentation include:

  • Freckles: the result of sun damage and genetics
  • Melasma: usually caused by a surge in female hormones
  • Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH): due to inflammatory acne

People of all races, ages, and skin types can have hyperpigmentation.

How is hyperpigmentation treated?

Dr. Sinclair relies on the most innovative, noninvasive laser therapies available through Cutera®. Using intense pulsed light (IPL) delivered through the xeo® laser system, Dr. Sinclair treats hyperpigmentation through photorejuvenation laser therapy.

IPL, also known as a photofacial, uses pulsing light to rejuvenate your skin. As the energy penetrates your skin, collagen production is triggered, and your skin’s health naturally improves. Some hyperpigmentations that are successfully treated using xeo IPL treatments include:

  • Birthmarks
  • Melasma spots
  • Rosacea and redness
  • Acne and acne scarring
  • Sun damage and liver spots

IPL treatment lasts between 30-90 minutes and also improves skin tone for a more clear and even complexion.

What can I expect during my appointment?

Dr. Sinclair customizes your xeo treatment to your unique form of hyperpigmentation. IPL delivers high-intensity light over a broad spectrum of infrared waves through a handheld device, so protective eyewear is necessary during your treatment.

While Dr. Sinclair treats your hyperpigmentation, you might feel a tingling sensation as the light pulses against your skin. Each pulse lasts milliseconds, and the first treatment typically has the most stinging, but the overall procedure is relatively painless. Dr. Sinclair can administer a topical anesthetic cream, but it’s usually not necessary.

Following your treatment, you might experience mild swelling and redness, but these symptoms usually fade in a short period.

Results can be seen as early as two weeks following your procedure, though final results might require a few months. Dr. Sinclair might recommend multiple treatments to ensure optimal results.

Call Suffolk Face and Body or schedule an appointment online to learn how Dr. Sinclair to improve skin conditions associated with hyperpigmentation.