Hyperpigmentation, dark spots and red veins can cause a great deal of stress for those who are affected by it. Dr. Hayes Gladstone provides treatment for hyperpigmentation at his Gladstone Clinic, which serves the residents of San Ramon, Danville, Pleasanton, San Francisco, and the surrounding communities in California.
Dark & Red spots that are not moles are also known as sun spots or in dermatology terms, a lentigo or lentiginous damage. This your skin’s reaction in trying to protect itself from the sun.
Dark & Red spots may also occur from an inflammatory reaction—some type of injury to the skin where your pigment cells (melanocytes) are stimulated. This is called post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH).
There is a variation of this pigmentation called melasma. It is thought to be a result of both hormonal fluctuations and sun exposure. It can occur during or right after pregnancy. It is common on the upper cheeks and upper lip. It can be more challenging to treat than the other forms of dark spots and patches.
What are Causes of Dark and Red Spots?
Dark & Red spots and veins most commonly occur from birth, sun damage, rosacea, and aging. Birthmarks known as port wine stains can be disfiguring and are covered by insurance in the state of California. Sun damage or rosacea can result in diffuse redness. Some individuals may have flushing which though it can be diminished with lasers or light sources can be more challenging to treat. Spider veins are common around the nose and cheeks and can be treated as can cherry angiomas.
Superficial spider veins on the legs can be more challenging. The gold standard treatment is still sclerotherapy which is an injections directly into the spider veins. This may require several sessions. The Gladstone Clinic uses the latest sclerotherapy solutions which are the most effective. In some instances, a laser may be effective for these veins.
It is natural to be outside, do recreational activities and enjoy yourself in the Bay Area. However, with both sun damage and aging, we all begin to have dark and red spots mostly on our faces and hands. Sun damage can also cause veins on the face and particularly around the nose. Rosacea may also cause redness, They show our age and detract from clear skin. At the Gladstone Clinic, we can treat those conditions.
What: KTP 532 nm laser