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Treatment of Dark Scars and Pigmentation

Treatment of Hyperpigmentation

One of the most common signs of skin aging or skin trauma is a process known as post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH). As the skin begins to heal after an injury, it is prone to develop deep pigmentation as a result of melanin deposition into the epidermis and dermis. Depending on the severity of the injury, the pigmentation can be transient (as seen in a suntan), or permanent. Deep pigmentation can often cause a scar to look worse and deeply discolored. 

Melarase creams work well to reduce pigmentation and dark scars on the body.

Chemical Peels for Scars: Scar discoloration can be a signficant factor contributing to the visibility of a scar. Discoloration of the skin is often due to hyper-accumulation of melanin deposits in the epidermis and dermis, usually as a result of a post-inflammatory stimulation of the pigment cell. Chemical peels can be used in our Santa Monica plastic surgery clinic to exfoliate the skin and reduce surface pigmentation. The different types of chemical peels include TCA, Salicylic Acid, Glycolic Acid, Phenol, Lactic Acid, Retinoic Acid, and Kojic Acid, all of which vary in terms of depth of action and downtime. Dr. Karamanoukian uses chemical peels to improve skin discoloration overlying a scar, including cosmetic surgery scars, keloids, and hypertrophic scars. 

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