Skin Pigmentation Treatments in Fargo
The skin plays a major role in a person’s appearance. An even, smooth complexion and healthy skin can make a person look more youthful and vibrant. Our medical dermatology services are designed to treat common skin pigmentation issues and can provide patients with the type of beautiful, healthy-looking skin they deserve.
With the advanced skin treatments available today, just about any skin issue can be corrected. The providers at Altaire Clinic offer a range of medical dermatology services to individuals in Fargo, ND seeking treatment for:
- Age spots
- Port wine stains
What Is Hyperpigmentation
Hyperpigmentation is caused by an increase in the production of melanin. While this condition is not harmful, it can be very stressful for some people.
This condition occurs when certain sections of the skin become darker in color. These darker patches can cover large areas of the body or can develop in localized, small regions. While this condition is not harmful, it can alter the complexion and for some can be a source of self-consciousness.
Hyperpigmentation is often caused by:
- Endocrine diseases
- Hormonal changes
- Skin damage/skin trauma
- Skin diseases
- Skin cancer
- Certain types of medications
- Aggressive skin treatments
- Direct sun exposure
- Hot environments
Treatment Methods & Options
An experienced practitioner can create a treatment plan, based on the severity of the hyperpigmented area, skin color, the cause of hyperpigmentation, and other factors.
Since hyperpigmentation can be reactivated by sun exposure, there is no true cure. Instead, people who have had hyperpigmented skin in the past must learn how to manage and control the condition by undergoing treatment to lighten the skin in the affected areas and protect their skin from the sun in the future.
Depending on a patient’s unique goals and needs, a provider may recommend one of the following treatments for hyperpigmented skin.
PICOSURE LASER TREATMENT
PicoSure laser treatment utilizes short pulses of laser energy to remove excess pigment from the skin. Unlike other types of laser therapy treatments, the PicoSure laser does not produce high levels of heat, making it a gentle, safe, and effective option for all skin types. Follow-up treatments are often recommended for severe cases.
PRESCRIPTION HYDROQUINONE CREAMS
There are many prescription-strength creams used to treat hyperpigmentation. Hydroquinone cream works by slowing the production of pigment and can be used alone or with other types of lighteners. However, treatment with a hydroquinone cream must be monitored closely by a medical professional because high concentrations of this cream can bleach the skin or cause sun sensitivity.
Powerful retinol creams can lighten the skin, block receptors that are responsible for regulating how much pigment comes out of the skin, and can chemically exfoliate the skin.
Over time, regular chemical peels can help minimize the appearance of hyperpigmentation that is caused by excessive sun exposure. However, a chemical peel should only be administered by a trained professional since chemical peels can also cause inflammation, which can worsen hyperpigmentation.
Using an SPF 30 or above sunscreen is a must and can help prevent sun damage and can control pigmentary activity whenever a person spends time in the sun.
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Types Of Hyperpigmentation
Melasma is a type of hyperpigmentation that causes brown or gray patches of skin and can often be found on the bridge of the nose, upper lip, cheek, or forehead. Genetic disposition, oral contraceptives, hormone replacement therapy, pregnancy, and intense UV light exposure are all thought to play a role in this skin disorder. Fortunately, there are many treatment options available that can improve the appearance of melasma, such as laser therapy, prescription and non-prescription creams, chemical peels, and other treatments. If you’re ready to discuss the treatment options available for melasma with a medical provider in Fargo ND, contact Altaire Clinic today to schedule a consult.
A person with vitiligo will develop white spots on the skin that vary in location and size. These spots occur when melanocytes are destroyed and melanin can no longer be produced. Vitiligo is caused by an autoimmune response within the skin. Melanocytes are pigment cells that are found in the integumentary system and occur throughout the hair follicles, skin, mouth, and eyes.
A birthmark is a type of skin discoloration that often appears at birth. Birthmarks can also appear a few months after birth. When a birthmark makes a person feel self-conscious, and negatively impacts their self-confidence, or appearance, removing the birthmark can be life-changing.
Large birthmarks or dark red or brown birthmarks can require aggressive treatment.
In many cases, the most effective method of birthmark removal is excision. At Altaire Clinic, our medical providers have extensive experience successfully removing birthmarks and know the right techniques to use to achieve optimal results.
In most cases, a person will choose to have a birthmark removed for cosmetic reasons, in highly visible areas, such as the legs, hands, face, neck, breasts, arms, nose, or eyelids. Our medical providers can meet with you to assess your birthmark and determine whether or not removal or cosmetic treatment is advisable.
Age spots can start to tarnish a beautiful complexion after the age of thirty. Additionally, the appearance of age-related, natural red or brown spots is commonly exacerbated by excessive sun exposure. The appearance of dark patches or dark spots can be attributed to ultraviolet light exposure and the clumping of melanin. Some age spots can appear without warning, while others can develop over time. Because of their unpredictable nature, it can be difficult to control the onset of age spots. Fortunately, there are many safe and effective treatment options available that can improve a person’s complexion and eliminate age spots, for a healthier, more youthful, glowing complexion.
NAEVUS FLAMMEUS/PORT-WINE STAINS
Naevus flammeus, more commonly known as port-wine stains, is a type of birthmark that is caused by an overabundance of blood vessels in a specific area. This type of birthmark appears at birth and can be very large in size. A port-wine birthmark can vary in color from a deep purple or red to a light, pale pink. Typically, these birthmarks are found on the chest, shoulders, neck, and face. Naevus Flammeus can be treated successfully with the help of laser therapy treatments. These treatments are administered in a series of sessions over a period of time but can help to dramatically minimize the appearance of a port-wine stain. Many medical professionals prefer to treat this type of birthmark as early on as possible for the best results.
Contact Altaire Clinic
At Altaire Clinic, we’re proud to offer our patients a wide range of highly effective technologically advanced treatment options for treating skin pigmentation. The best way to determine whether you’ll benefit from skin pigmentation treatment is to contact our facility today to schedule a consult with one of our experienced and knowledgeable providers.
We encourage you to book a consultation, so one of our providers can personally discuss your needs and recommend the procedures best suited to your lifestyle. Contact us by phone or use the convenient form below so you can reach your ultimate health, wellness, & beauty goals.