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Dark Spots

Accumulated sun damage, inflammation, reactions to medications or irritants, scars or other skin injuries can often cause areas of darkening of the skin, known as hyperpigmentation. These dark spots can take many shapes and sizes, and can be appear anywhere on the body.

One of the most common skin conditions, known as melasma, occurs when patches of skin on the face turn brown. This condition, which affects mostly women, is commonly found on areas of the body that are most likely to be unprotected from the sun such as the face, hands, arms, shoulders and feet. If the brown spots have a rough, raised surface, they may be seborrheic keratoses–a noncancerous growth of the skin tissue. While these spots generally do not pose any health risks, they can be unsightly. The good news is that they can be easily removed using one of a variety of treatment options.

Dr. Victor employs the use of technologically advanced lasers and chemical peels to eliminate dark spots, customizing treatment to the type and condition of your skin as well as the cause of the discolorations. The most common laser treatments recommended by Dr. Victor are the Affirm/Affirm Multiplex, Appogee Laser, Elite Laser, and Gentlelase. For more information on these laser treatments, click here. There are several types of chemical peels and the strengths of individual formulas are varied from mild to strong. Dr. Victor often uses a TCA (Trichloroacetic Acid) Peel at 20% strength because of its reliability in yielding the best results. A skin evaluation will allow him to determine the best course of action to address your problem areas.

The Process

  • Dr. Victor evaluates the patient’s skin.
  • A custom treatment plan is developed based on factors such as skin type and type of dark spots.
  • Treatments such as chemical peels and laser treatments are then given.
  • Depending on the type of treatment used, multiple sessions may be required.
  • A maintenance plan is created once the skin is clear of dark spots and/or melasma. This includes the use of a daily UVA/UVB Sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher, as well as topical solutions to maintain the improvements obtained from the laser or peel and prevent future recurrence of dark spots and melasma.