Pigmented Regions Specialist

Kurt Hubach, MD -  - Family Practice Physician

Blue Ridge Vein Care, PC

Kurt Hubach, MD

Family Practice Physician & Laser Specialist located in Bedford, VA

If you have pigmented regions and you’re discontent with your uneven skin tone, family practice physician and certified laser specialist Kurt Hubach, MD, offers state-of-the-art technology and personalized aesthetic treatments. At Blue Ridge Vein Care, PC, in Bedford, Virginia, Dr. Hubach can resolve your cosmetic problems with treatments and technology like the Cynosure® laser system. When your specialized cells that make melanin become unhealthy or damaged, pigmented regions can show up. Fortunately, Dr. Hubach has solutions. Call Blue Ridge Vein Care, PC, or book online today.

Pigmented Regions Q & A

What are pigmented regions?

Pigmented regions are patches of your skin that become darker than the surrounding skin. Pigmented regions might be referred to as hyperpigmentation.

These dark spots might appear on your body parts that are most exposed to the sun, including your face and hands.

What causes pigmented regions?

Several factors can cause the overproduction of melatonin that results in pigmented lesions, including: 

  • Injuries
  • Inflammation
  • Sun exposure
  • Genetics
  • Age
  • Hormones

Dr. Hubach can help you determine what’s causing your pigmented regions to appear, and the best ways to treat it if it becomes a cosmetic concern.

Are there different types of pigmented regions?

There are several different kinds of pigmented regions.

Age Spots

Small, darkened patches of skin called either liver or age spots are pigment spots on your face, arms, and hands, that are usually caused by sun exposure.

Hormones

Hormones from birth control pills and pregnancy can cause melasma or chloasma. This type of pigmented region affects around 90% of pregnant women and results in dark, large, and irregularly shaped areas on your arms, face, and sometimes on other areas of the body.

Post-inflammatory

Dr. Hubach diagnoses you with this type of pigmented region when a skin trauma or injury heals and leaves you with a flat area of discoloration. This is most commonly caused by acne.

Birthmarks, scarring, skin cancers, and solar or actinic keratoses also cause patches of skin to become darker.

How are pigmented regions treated?

Dr. Hubach tailors your treatment to your skin tone, as well as the extent and severity of your pigmentation problem. He might recommend various effective treatments for your pigmented region, such as the revolutionary Cynosure® laser technology.

Topical products

Dr. Hubach might recommend certain topical skin products and creams, such as retinol (a form of vitamin A).

Laser therapy

For resistant and difficult to treat cases of hyperpigmentation, Dr. Hubach uses innovative laser technology alone or in combination with topical treatments. Specific wavelengths of laser energy stimulate the production of collagen and elastin and cell regeneration.

Regardless of the type of treatment you choose, it’s important you use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF 30 or higher daily to prevent further darkening of your skin.

Healthy lifestyle changes might prevent further pigmented regions from developing. Dr. Hubach can discuss your concerns, answer your questions, and help you decide the best way to treat your pigmented regions. 

If a pigmented region is a lingering cosmetic concern, visit Blue Ridge Vein Care, PC, for top-quality care. Call or click to schedule online today.