Hyperpigmentation Specialist

Robert Dougherty, MD -  - Concierge Medicine

Genesis Functional Medicine

Robert Dougherty, MD

Concierge Family Medicine, Functional Medicine & Aesthetics located in Bastrop, TX

Hyperpigmentation includes sunspots, age spots, and other brown blotches on your skin. It’s common to develop hyperpigmentation after years of sun exposure, which is why hyperpigmentation removal is often an important part of anti-aging treatments. At Genesis Functional Medicine in Bastrop, Texas, Robert Dougherty, MD, and his skilled team work together to remove your brown spots with the state-of-the-art Icon™ system from Cynosure®. Book your appointment online or by phone now.

Hyperpigmentation Q & A

What is hyperpigmentation?

Hyperpigmentation is a condition in which you overproduce the melanin that gives your skin its color. The resulting color appears in blotches and spots on your face, hands, and other areas that get lots of sun exposure. 

The most common form of hyperpigmentation is age spots, also called liver spots or sunspots. Age spots are triggered by sun exposure, and they're more common after age 40 because your body's melanin production increases around that time. 

Freckles are another form of hyperpigmentation that many adults want to eliminate.

Melasma is another type of hyperpigmentation. It causes significant pigment deposits on your cheeks, nose, and forehead in most cases. Many women develop melasma during pregnancy, but it can develop at any time. 

Melasma's causes are uncertain, but it's typically triggered by sun exposure or hormone surges.

How can I remove hyperpigmentation like age spots?

At Genesis Functional Medicine, Dr. Dougherty and the experienced care providers use the Icon system for gentle and highly effective hyperpigmentation treatment. Icon treatment delivers concentrated laser light straight into the unwanted pigment. 

The laser shatters the pigment into very small particles, which are nearly invisible to the naked eye. Over the next few weeks, you’ll absorb and then flush those particles out as part of your body’s normal healing processes. 

Where on my body can I get age spot removal?

Icon hyperpigmentation removal is safe for virtually any part of the body. The most common treatment areas include:

  • Face
  • Neck
  • Décolletage
  • Arms
  • Hands
  • Legs
  • Feet

If you’ve got embarrassing hyperpigmentation nearly anywhere on your body, you can eliminate it with Icon treatments at Genesis Functional Medicine.

What is recovery like after hyperpigmentation treatment?

There’s no downtime with Icon laser treatments. You might have mild redness and swelling for up to a day after your Icon hyperpigmentation treatment, but it’s not enough to interfere with your regular routine and lifestyle.

How many hyperpigmentation treatments do I need?

Most patients get great results with just a few treatments. Treatments are usually around a month apart, so you’ll notice a steady lightening of the treated areas after each treatment session. 

Your Genesis Functional Medicine care provider can create a hyperpigmentation treatment plan that gives you the results you want. 

Book your appointment online or call Genesis Functional Medicine to get rid of your unwanted age spots now.