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Pigmentation is the coloring of the skin. The skin gets its color from a pigment called melanin, created by specialized skin cells called melanocytes. When melanocytes are unhealthy or damaged, natural melanin production is affected, leading to dark spots, sun spots, freckles, and uneven skin tone. 

What is hyperpigmentation?

Hyperpigmentation is the development of darker spots and patches on the skin that can occur for a variety of reasons, including genetics and sun exposure. Different kinds of hyperpigmentation include:

  • Melasma
  • Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation after trauma
  • Lentigos (single brown spots from sun exposure)

We can help treat these conditions, allowing you to enjoy more evenly-toned skin and be free of dark skin flaws including sun spots, age spots, melasma, and freckles.

Hyperpigmentation Treatment in NYC

What should I expect with pigmentation treatment?

After a consultation and careful evaluation, Dr. Ostad will custom-tailor an NYC pigmentation treatment plan for you. Options for treatment may include any of the following:

Chemical peel: a chemical peel is a topical treatment that improves skin quality. The different types of chemical peels are light (superficial), medium, and deep. A series of medium peels may be recommended to treat sun damage and pigmentation irregularities, such as freckles, age spots, and melasma. 

Fraxel dual laser: the non-ablative Fraxel dual laser does not remove skin layers. Instead, it triggers rapid cell turnover, for dramatic results with minimal downtime. Fraxel dual laser treatment can treat a range of skin issues, including age spots and sun damage. 

Microinfusion: microinfusion is a painless and effective procedure that combines microneedling with powerful, skin rejuvenating products to improve a variety of skin issues, including sun damage.

Microdermabrasion: by exfoliating dead skin cells from the surface layer of skin, microdermabrasion improves age spots, brown spots, sun damage and freckles. 

Fraxel® CO2 laser: this device delivers precise levels of laser energy to the surface of the skin, causing the upper layers to shed and stimulating cell renewal and skin rejuvenation. This is an effective treatment to reduce sun damage and signs of aging.

Topical lightening creams and daily sunsreen use: There are many effective topical lightening creams available for those with hyperpigmentation. We are happy to recommend some excellent treatments. We also suggest using a good suncreen daily to help protect your skin.

Am I a candidate for pigmentation treatment in NYC?

Pigmentation treatments create an even skin tone. You may be a candidate for treatment of pigmentation issues if you have any of the following:

  • Age spots
  • Sun damage
  • Melasma (dark, discolored patches on the skin)
  • Blotchy skin
Dr. Ariel Ostad


What is the recovery like after pigmentation treatment in NYC?

Your recovery will depend on the type of pigmentation treatment you receive. You may want to stay home for a few days while your skin heals after Fraxel laser treatments. You can expect several days of peeling, beginning a few days after a medium peel. There is little or no downtime with microinfusion or microdermabrasion. You should be able to return to work and normal activities immediately.

Why choose Dr. Ostad for Pigmentation Treatment in NYC?

Dr. Ostad and his staff have advanced training in aesthetic dermatology, staying on the most cutting-edge techniques of the industry.

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Caring about our patients and our community: An update on the coronavirus outbreak

Hello Everyone,

The health and safety of our patients and staff is our top priority. Our practice is following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), New York State and city health officials as we schedule patients.

Our practice is open.

There are steps our practice is taking, and those we ask our patients to take, to ensure the safety of all. We have further increased cleaning practices across the office and our ambulatory surgical facility. We ask if you feel you have any respiratory symptoms with cough or fever that you seek care from your primary care physician.

We hope to continue to serve you and provide you with our services. We continue to be guided by our unwavering mission and long standing values to care for our patients.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to call our office to speak with one of our office staff or nurses or email us at [email protected]

We will come out of this stronger and more resilient than before.

With thanks for your cooperation,

- Dr. Ariel Ostad

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