What is the ideal treatment for hyperpigmentation, discoloration and melasma?
Hyperpigmentation is a broad term for chronic skin conditions that result in discoloration of the skin and irregular, uneven skin tone. Predominant in individuals with darker skin tones, melasma is one such lifelong condition, manifesting in dark patches and freckle-like spots on the forehead, nose, cheeks, chin, and above the upper lip as well as the forearms and neck. With an extensive history of treating a wide range of skin conditions, Beverly Hills dermatologist Dr. Emer’s primary course of treatment for hyperpigmentation is a tailored sun protection and skin care regimen that incorporates the healing attributes of retinol, hydroquinone, kojic acid, glycolic acid, and vitamin C.
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?
- Customized, combination approach that is tailored to the patient
- Lightening of dark patches
- Softer, smoother skin
- Improved confidence in your appearance
- Less need for heavy makeup that causes blocked pores
- Gentle, natural results
- Reduction in facial scarring, freckles and dark spots
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.
Dr. Emer’s patients have called him a miracle worker, as he can achieve incredible improvement in your skin through a combination of modalities such as chemical peels and laser therapy, each one personalized to your situation. The best way to find out if Dr. Emer can help you is to schedule an initial consultation in Beverly Hills.
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.