Whether it’s dark spots caused by hyperpigmentation or white spots caused by the lack of pigment, skin discolorations can make you self-conscious about your appearance. With the help of David A. Bushore, MD, at Balcones Dermatology and Aesthetics, you can resolve pigmentation issues and regain your confidence. Located in Austin, Texas, Dr. Bushore and his team of skin specialists offer a variety of treatment options, from chemical peels to laser treatments. Call to schedule a consultation or book your appointment online to see how they can help you.
Although there’s a broad range of pigmentation issues, some of the most common include sun spots (also called age spots) and melasma, which causes brown or gray patches on the skin.
Vitiligo is another pigment condition. This autoimmune disorder causes a loss of pigment anywhere on the body, resulting in white patches. When you have vitiligo, your color-producing cells are destroyed by your immune system. It’s unknown what causes this condition, and it affects all people the same, but it’s more noticeable in those with darker complexions.
Pigmentation issues are typically the result of too much or too little melanin, which creates pigment in your skin. Melanin is responsible for everything from freckles to your suntan.
Melanin is produced by melanocyte cells, which sometimes malfunction, causing pigmentation issues. This can occur when cells are unhealthy or from other conditions, including:
Sometimes hyperpigmentation (too much color in the skin), is caused by medications including antibiotics, antiarrhythmics, and antimalarial drugs.
Dr. Bushore provides a variety of services to treat pigmentation. In most cases, he recommends:
His recommendation is often dependent on the type of pigmentation issue you have and its severity. Chemical peels help your skin renew itself, while SilkPeel Dermalinfusion uses specialized serums that reduce discoloration.
With laser therapy, the pigmentation is broken up and reabsorbed by the body. This procedure may also improve cellular health and make cells less likely to overproduce melanin.
Dr. Bushore also recommends avoiding prolonged sun exposure. If you’re going to be outdoors, wear sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or more, regardless of the season.
When you’re suffering from pigmentation issues, contact Balcones Dermatology and Aesthetics to learn how they can help you become more confident in your skin. Call the office to schedule your appointment or book online today.