Dr. Dhir shares with Vanichi readers Top 4 Treatments to Tackle HyperPigmentation Dr. Dhir is back with more knowledge about medical beauty and skincare. Read below to discover his Top 4 Treatments to Tackle HyperPigmentation. Be sure to tag your questions on social media with #deardrdhir. You just might find the answer in the next edition of Vanichi Magazine. TOP TREATMENTS The beauty of skin is that the skin comes in a range of colors. The spectrum is wide from the lightest of the light shades, to the darkest of the dark shades. Modern day beauty embraces that there is splendor in all of the skin tones that are unique to each and every one of us. Along with our individual skin tones, we also come with our own host of skin problems. In general, most skin conditions are color-blind – meaning that all races and nationalities can be affected. However, there are some skin issues that do tend to affect specific skin types more frequently, or more severely, than other skin types. One such condition is hyperpigmentation. Hyperpigmentation is a condition in which the skin produces an excess of pigment in certain areas of the skin resulting in darkened areas and/or dark spots. Hyperpigmentation could occur while skin heals from acne, abrasions, sun damage, genetics, bruises or trauma to skin. Also, attempts to improve skin tone and youthfulness through non- surgical techniques may lead to hyperpigmentation in patients with ethnic backgrounds that express darker skin tones. For those who experience hyperpigmentation, and/or are at risk for hyperpigmentation with non-surgical treatments, here are the Top 4 Treatments to Tackle Hyperpigmentation. Hydration Facials: Hydration facials that involve superficial skin treatments by a licensed aesthetician can treat the skin safely and improve areas of discoloration. Topical creams that contain hydroquinone and Retin-A Topical cream essentially removes a very superficial layer of skin that regrows a youthful, brighter and healthier layer of skin over time. It is important to protect the skin from the sun during treatment as the youthful and refreshed skin is sensitive similar to a child’s skin. Laser skin abrasion For more dramatic results with a short healing time, laser treatments rapidly treat the superficial skin with great rejuvenation results. Deep laser ablation treatments such as CO2 laser are recommended for individuals with lighter skin. Fractionated CO2 laser and IPL lasers do not treat as deeply and are recommended for darker skin individuals. Again, safety is paramount and I recommend superficial treatments for darker skin tones. Ultimately, I recommend consulting with a board certified Dermatologist to discuss the available options. Chemical peels This treatment is similar to lasers and the proper chemical is chosen based on depth. I do not recommend deep chemical peels outside of superficial facials performed by an aesthetician or topical creams for darker skin tones. For lighter skin tones, chemical peels are one of the most powerful tools to rejuvenate the skin. ABOUT DR. DHIR | Dr. Dhir is a double board certified facial plastic & reconstructive surgeon trained at the prestigious Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York City. He currently practices in Beverly Hills and continues to teach the art of Facial Plastic Surgery as an Assistant Clinical Professor at UCLA –Harbor. His interests include cosmetic and “better- breathing” functional rhinoplasty, revision rhinoplasty, natural face lifting techniques, volumizing filler implants, botox, fillers, blepharoplasty and custom cheek and jaw implants. Above all else, Dr. Dhir takes pride in his patient relationships and makes himself available throughout the healing process to garner the best possible results and care. Click here to visit Dr. Dhir online.