Treatment for Hyperpigmentation (Brown Spots, Age Spots, Freckles) in Indianapolis and Carmel

Turkle & Associates Plastic Surgery and Dermatology

Hyperpigmentation (Brown Spots, Age Spots, Freckles) Treatment Indianapolis Carmel IN

In our practice, patients who want treatment for deep hyperpigmentation are seen by Turkle & Associates board certified dermatologist, Dr. Matt Strausburg. People with simple hyperpigmentation can be treated by our licensed medical aestheticians at Phases Skin Care & Laser Center.

We invite you to continue reading for frequently asked questions and more information about hyperpigmentation including how we can help reduce these brown spots and give you a more uniform and even younger looking skin tone.


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What is Hyperpigmentation?

Hyperpigmentation is a very common skin condition characterized by dark patches or dark spots on the skin. This spotting can range in color from a light tan to dark brown. Other terms you may have heard for hyperpigmentation skin discolorations are age spots, freckles, liver spots, lentigines, lentigo or melasma. Melasma, however is a distinct skin disorder. Please click here for our melasma information page.

The word hyperpigmentation is a medical term in which hyper means too much and pigment means color. Usually people are most concerned about hyperpigmentation dark spots on their face, neck, chest or hands, but they can be found, and treated, anywhere on your body.

Hyperpigmentation Treatments

We have a variety of treatments and the latest technology in procedures for the brown splotches on your skin caused by hyperpigmentation. Additionally, we may recommend spot lightening products you can buy from our office or Dr. Strausburg may suggest a prescription product which will lighten dark spots.

Since hyperpigmentation gets darker when it is exposed to the sun, even those with dark skin tones need to use a SPF 30 or higher sunscreen that shields the skin from both UVA and UVB sun rays. Hats, sunglasses and/or clothing which covers the area should also be worn. You can find more information about our sunscreens further below.

Procedures we perform that can help with either simple hyperpigmentation or post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation are as follows. Please click on each individual link below to go to the page about that specific procedure where you will find information including pricing, before and after photos and more.

Some of the above procedures are performed by our licensed medical aestheticians, however, the deeper laser procedures may need to be performed by a doctor.

Other products containing retinoids, hydroquinone or other active ingredients to lighten dark spots may be recommended. Some are available only with a prescription, however, some are available over the counter. Please continue reading for information about products for hyperpigmentation.

After taking your history and examining your skin, we will let you know what will work best for you.

What Causes Hyperpigmentation?

Hyperpigmentation spots on your skin are formed when the cells in your skin which make color become too active. These skin cells are called melanocytes. Generally, the overactivity of melanocytes occurs when your skin is exposed to the sun or the surface of your skin is damaged in some way. When dark areas on your skin are a result of some type of damage to the surface of your skin, it is called post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation.

We commonly see post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation after the surface of your skin has healed from inflammatory skin problems like:

  • Acne
  • Burns
  • Eczema
  • Psoriasis
  • Dermatitis
  • Shaving bumps
  • Cuts or scrapes
  • Skin infections

As a general rule, people with darker skin tones are more likely to develop post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation.

Which Sunscreen, Makeup and Skincare Products Are Best for Hyperpigmentation?

As stated, if you have hyperpigmentation, you should always wear a high quality sunscreen. We carry mineral makeup, sunscreen and other skincare products that are great for people with hyperpigmentation. They can be purchased in-person at our office, over the phone by calling 317-848-0001 or in our online store by clicking the links below.

Sunscreens for Hyperpigmentation

Skin Care Treatment Products for Hyperpigmentation

To view information about the specific lines we carry, please click the appropriate link below:

You will also find links to our online store on the above pages.

If you have questions whether or not one of our products is suitable for hyperpigmentation, feel free to contact us by calling 317-848-0001 or by clicking here to email us for further recommendations. We’ll be happy to help!

Is it Melasma or Simple Hyperpigmentation?

After taking your medical history and examining your skin, we can let you know if you have melasma, hyperpigmentation or post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation.

Do You Take Insurance For Hyperpigmentation Treatments?

Insurance does not cover hyperpigmentation treatments as they are considered cosmetic.

Contact Us About Procedures and Treatments for Hyperpigmentation Spots

If you have more questions and would like further information about our procedures, treatments or products for hyperpigmentation, or if you are ready to schedule an appointment, contact Turkle & Associates Plastic Surgery and Dermatology by clicking here for our online quick-contact email form or feel free to call us at 317-848-0001.

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*Fees are approximate only and subject to physical examination and consultation. We do try to keep the fees on our website up to date, however be advised fees are subject to change without notice. Please feel free to inquire about any price changes.

Turkle & Associates Plastic Surgery and Dermatology’s video content is for informational and educational purposes only. Viewing of these videos should not be considered medical advice, diagnosis or a treatment recommendation. As with any health concern, always seek a consultation regarding a medical condition. Any questions concerning the content of these videos may be directed to Turkle & Associates Plastic Surgery and Dermatology at drturkle@turklemd.com or 317-848-0001.

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