Close-up on hyperpigmentation on a woman's face

What is Hyperpigmentation?

When you soak up the sun, you do it both literally and figuratively.

Hyperpigmentation occurs when patches of skin become darker than the surrounding skin (don’t worry–it’s harmless!) due to frequent UV ray exposure. The excessive melanin condenses into one area, creating spots that are darker in color. These patches can appear on: 

  • The face
  • Shoulders
  • Arms 
  • Hands

What Causes Melasma?

Like hyperpigmentation, melasma is triggered by excess UV light rays; however, changes in hormones caused by pregnancy, birth control, and hormone replacement pills can contribute to these brown or gray-brown spots. It is speculated that melanocytes (color-making cells) produce too much color in response to these factors. 

Areas where you may find melasma include:

  • Forehead
  • Bridge of the Nose
  • Cheeks
  • Lips
  • Chin

What Causes Freckles?

While freckles are genetically inherited from your parents, lots of sunlight can cause freckles to appear or become more pronounced. These cute patches of tan or light brown skin tend to be seen on the face, shoulders, and arms.

Some people these days might be drawing on freckles with makeup, but if you are unhappy with the appearance of freckles, we are here to help. 

How Do I Treat Hyperpigmentation Spots?

Melasma, freckles, and hyperpigmentation spots can be easily and non-surgically removed here at Lifted Beauty + Wellness. For hyperpigmentation spots, we offer ICON® Laser Treatments (for face and body).

Schedule hyperpigmentation treatments in Madrona, Seattle

If you have age spots, melasma and/or freckles that you’d like to remove, schedule a consultation today. To find out how Icon treatments can provide you with amazing results, fill out the appointment request form on our site or text us at (206) 299-1102.







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