Hyperpigmentation is a common condition in which patches of skin become darker than the normal surrounding skin. This darkening occurs when an excess of melanin, the brown pigment that produces normal skin color, forms deposits in the upper layers of the skin.
Lasers are chosen to selectively target pigment in the skin and leave a small scab on the skin surface to stimulate pigment removal. The settings of the laser and the treatment protocol are calibrated to achieve the best cosmetic result while avoiding skin discoloration. Dr. Chapas, Dr. MacGregor, Dr. Chwalek, Dr. Chang and Dr. Gmyrek have extensive experience in using these lasers for treatment of sun spots, tattoos, Nevus of Ota, pigmented birthmarks, melasma and other types of pigmented lesions.