DISCOLORATION & MELASMA
Conveniently located to serve Beverly Hills, Hollywood, and Los Angeles.
Right for you?
Am I a Good Candidate for Hyperpigmentation Treatment?
Patients of all skin tones who are concerned about dark patches of skin can be good candidates for hyperpigmentation treatments with Dr. Emer. You just need to be in good physical and emotional health with realistic expectations for your results.
Dr. Emer’s patients have called him a miracle worker, as he can achieve incredible improvements through a combination of modalities such as chemical peels and laser therapy. The best way to find out if Dr. Emer can help you with your hyperpigmentation concerns is to schedule an initial consultation in Beverly Hills. In your consultation, Dr. Emer will answer your questions, examine your skin, review your medical records, and come up with a roadmap for success.
What Causes Hyperpigmentation?
To understand how Dr. Emer’s hyperpigmentation treatments work, it is important to understand what causes hyperpigmentation. Melanin is produced by your skin cells and is a pigment that gives your skin its color.
When natural melanin production is disrupted, changes in skin color can result. Pregnancy, certain medications, and sun exposure are a few factors that can cause increased melanin and darkened skin.
Predominant in individuals with darker skin tones, melasma is one type of hyperpigmentation. Melasma manifests as dark patches and freckle-like spots on the forehead, nose, cheeks, chin, and above the upper lip as well as on the forearms and neck.
Sunspots are a common type of discoloration that results from sun exposure. Also called liver spots, sunspots most often affect the hands and face.
Injury or inflammation can also cause darkened skin. Superficial burns and acne are two examples of inflammation-related causes of hyperpigmentation.
How Does Dr. Emer Treat Hyperpigmentation, Discoloration, and Melasma?
Dr. Emer takes a combination treatment approach to resolving skin discoloration. His patient-specific protocols are meticulously designed based on the patient’s unique skin concerns and skin tone. Treatment options include:
To kickstart the melasma or hyperpigmentation treatment process, Dr. Emer begins with a non-inflammatory, salicylic acid-based mask called Cosmelan. Cosmelan causes the face to peel over the course of two weeks. Cosmelan targets pigmentation, smooths the skin, prepares the cells for subsequent laser treatments, and inhibits tyrosinase, an enzyme in the melanin formation process.
Alternatively, Dr. Emer may recommend the Enlighten peel, which is a gentler version of Cosmelan.
Laser devices can be used to improve many skin conditions by delivering controlled heat. For hyperpigmentation, Dr. Emer uses low-energy, low-density laser treatments such as:
Clear + Brilliant – This non-ablative laser directly addresses skin color and is safe for nearly all skin types.
Aerolase – The Aerolase laser can target hyperpigmentation on the surface as well as deeper pigmentation. Aerolase is approved for use on all skin types.
Laser Genesis – This gentle, non-ablative laser can treat melasma and other types of hyperpigmentation. In the hands of an experienced professional like Dr. Emer, who understands how to gradually increase the energy being delivered to the skin, Laser Genesis can be safely used on all skin tones.
Laser treatments are often followed by in-office microneedling and chemical peels, which can reduce the risk of rebound hyperpigmentation.
Fractional Radiofrequency Treatment
Venus Viva is a fractional radiofrequency (RF) treatment that is particularly suited for treating hyperpigmentation. Venus Viva uses a low-energy method of ablating the surface of the skin and is highly adjustable, so Dr. Emer can safely use Venus Viva on all skin types and skin tones. This versatile device can be used on skin throughout the body.
The Venus Viva device has tiny pins which create micro-channels in the skin. Nanofractional RF energy travels through the microchannels to heat the deeper layers of the skin without burning the surface of the skin.
As a result of the pinpoint wounds and the RF heat, the skin’s natural healing response is stimulated. Collagen production increases to restore smoother, healthier skin and improve skin texture.
Venus Viva provides permanent improvements. It typically takes three to six treatment sessions to achieve optimal results. Periodic maintenance treatments are advised to keep your skin looking its best.
Microneedling with PRP
Microneedling with platelet-rich plasma (PRP) can be used with Venus Viva to provide enhanced improvements in skin tone. Microneedling uses small needles to puncture the skin’s surface in order to initiate the body’s healing process.
PRP is applied to the skin after the microneedling process. Microneedling allows for deeper penetration and improved absorption of PRP for maximum benefits.
SilkPeel Dermalinfusion, when infused with vitamin C and Lumixyl, can also brighten the skin and improve pigmentation, acne scars, sun spots, and discoloration. Dermalinfusion combines three treatments into one. It works to exfoliate the skin, vacuum away dead skin cells and debris, and infuse the skin with a serum formulated to treat hyperpigmentation.
Dr. Emer can adjust the Dermalinfusion device settings to safely treat most skin tones and skin types. Regular treatment sessions, as recommended by Dr. Emer, can help you maintain a clear, even complexion.
Daily Sun Protection and Skincare Protocols
Dr. Emer’s primary course of at-home treatment for hyperpigmentation is a tailored sun protection and skin care regimen. His hyperpigmentation skin care protocols incorporate the healing attributes of retinol, hydroquinone, kojic acid, glycolic acid, and vitamin C. He advises patients to be diligent about sun protection since sun exposure can cause and worsen hyperpigmentation.
WHAT IS THE TYPICAL COURSE OF ACTION FOR TREATING HYPERPIGMENTATION, DISCOLORATION OR MELASMA?
To kickstart the melasma or hyperpigmentation treatment process, Dr. Emer begins with a non-inflammatory, salicylic acid-based mask called Cosmelan, which causes the face to peel over the course of two weeks, targets pigmentation, smooths the skin, prepares the cells for subsequent laser treatments, and inhibits tyrosinase, an enzyme in the melanin formation process. Similarly, SilkPeel Dermalinfusion, when infused with vitamin C and Lumixyl, can brighten the skin and improve pigmentation, acne scars, sun spots, and irregular discoloration.
The peel is followed by low-energy, low-density laser treatments—such as Venus Viva (a fractional radiofrequency laser) or Clear + Brilliant (a non-ablative fractional laser)—which directly address skin color and are safe for nearly all skin types. Laser treatments are often followed by in-office microneedling and chemical peels, which can reduce the risk of rebound hyperpigmentation.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF TREATMENT FOR HYPERPIGMENTATION, DISCOLORATION OR MELASMA?
Men & Women
WHO IS THE BEST CANDIDATE FOR TREATMENT WITH DR. EMER IN WEST HOLLYWOOD?
If you are bothered by hyperpigmentation, discoloration or melasma and feel self-conscious about your complexion, you may have struggled with the condition for years, not being aware that a cosmetic treatment can truly reverse your symptoms and give you the clear, radiant skin you’d always hoped for.
He will answer your questions, examine your skin, review your medical records, and come up with a roadmap for success. You just need to be in good emotional and mental health with realistic expectations for your results.
WHAT TO EXPECT
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF PROCEDURES TO TREAT AGING SKIN, SUN SPOTS AND FINE LINES AND WRINKLES?
- NRevives dull, tired-looking skin
- NCombats creases and folds
- NCreates a more youthful, energized complexion
- NStimulates collagen and elastin regrowth
- NCombination treatment for comprehensive results
- NImproves the appearance of broken capillaries
- NExfoliates dead skin cells
- NImproves circulation
- NBoosts cellular renewal
- NRevives dull, tired-looking skin
- NImproves satisfaction with one’s image
- NReduces facial redness
- NMoisturizes dry, brittle skin
- NCorrects poor skin tone and texture
- NSubtly improves definition of facial contours
- NPlumps and volumizes depleted facial contours
- NMinimizes facial scarring
The Dr. Emer Difference
How Does Dr. Emer Treat Hyperpigmentation Differently?
The keys to Dr. Emer’s success in treating hyperpigmentation, melasma, and discoloration are his experience treating diverse patients, his precision technique, and his meticulous approach to creating targeted, patient-tailored combination treatments. His patients can enjoy a range of improvements in the appearance and quality of their skin with a hyperpigmentation treatment protocol.
In addition to resolving discoloration, Dr. Emer’s combination hyperpigmentation treatments can:
- Combat creases and folds
- Create a more youthful, energized appearance
- Stimulate collagen and elastin regrowth
- Improve the appearance of broken capillaries
- Exfoliate dead skin cells
- Improve circulation
- Boost cellular renewal
- Revive dull, tired-looking skin
- Improve satisfaction with one’s image
- Reduce facial redness
- Moisturize dry, brittle skin
- Correct poor skin tone and texture
- Subtly improve definition of facial contours
- Plump and volumize depleted facial contours
- Minimize the appearance of scars
How Much Does Hyperpigmentation Treatment Cost?
The size of the treatment area(s) and the number of procedures needed to resolve your hyperpigmentation concerns will affect the cost of your treatment. Dr. Emer will provide complete pricing information once he has determined the optimal treatment combination for your unique skin and aesthetic goals.