Manhattan Aesthetics

Share this post

What Causes Hyperpigmentation?

If you find yourself bothered by dark spots or patches on your skin, you have treatment options. Hyperpigmentation happens when skin cells produce too much pigment. You can treat your hyperpigmentation with several methods depending on your skin type and individual needs. 

What is Hyperpigmentation?

A variety of triggers can cause patches of skin cells to produce excessive amounts of a pigment called melanin. While patches of hyperpigmentation are usually harmless, they can make you self-conscious. People of all skin tones can develop hyperpigmentation

*individual results may vary.

What Causes Hyperpigmentation?

Hyperpigmentation can result from sun exposure. UV radiation triggers cells to produce melanin. This can cause you to develop a tan, but it can also cause long-lasting dark patches of skin on sun-exposed areas like the face and hands. This is the most preventable form of hyperpigmentation. 

Hormones can also trigger excess melanin production. Birth control or pregnancy can cause hormonal changes that produce hyperpigmentation called melasma. This will often but not always fade after pregnancy. Hyperpigmentation also occurs as a result of inflammation. A post-inflammatory reaction causes the skin to produce a dark spot in response to inflammation such as acne. 

How Can I Get Rid of Hyperpigmentation?

We offer several effective methods of hyperpigmentation treatment and dark spot removal. The best treatment for you will depend on your expert provider’s assessment of your hyperpigmentation concerns. 

IPL PhotoFacial

This treatment uses wavelengths of intense pulsed light (IPL) that targets areas of pigmentation without affecting the surrounding skin. The energy from the pulsed light breaks up pigment molecules so the body can remove them. 

Chemical Peels

Manhattan Aesthetics offers chemical peels that remove the outer layers of skin and trigger skin renewal. With a series of three to four peels, you can see fading of recent and older hyperpigmentation spots. 


This non-invasive laser treatment uses pulses lasting only a billionth of a second to trigger the intensive collagen production and skin rejuvenation. The laser energy does not harm the surrounding skin, making it a safe and painless way to treat severe hyperpigmentation such as melasma or rosacea. 

Excel V+

This laser targets brown, red, blue, and purple pigmentation to address spider veins, melasma, and rosacea. Many people report that each pulse feels like the snap of a rubber band. The targeted pigments will break up and fade away while the surrounding skin remains undamaged. 


Our expert providers here at Manhattan Aesthetics would be happy to meet with you for an in-person consultation.
Simply fill out the form on this page, and one of our trusted staff members will reach out to you promptly to schedule your consultation.

Is There Any Downtime With Hyperpigmentation Treatment? 

These treatments involve little to no downtime. Since sun exposure causes hyperpigmentation, you will need to avoid the sun and wear a dermatologist-recommended sunscreen after treatment. You may have some redness or sensitivity lasting a day to a few days after treatment. 

Am I a Good Candidate for Hyperpigmentation Treatment?

You are almost certainly a good candidate for hyperpigmentation treatment with our variety of options. Talk to your provider if you have a skin condition like psoriasis or eczema. 



*Individual results may vary.


The first step is to come in for an in-person consultation with our expert providers at Manhattan Aesthetics serving Queens, Brooklyn, and the Bronx, New York, and New Jersey. Please fill out the form on this page or call our office during normal business hours at 212-960-8172.

*Individual results may vary.