Skin Discoloration

Skin discoloration can manifest in the form of hyperpigmentation, or excess pigmentation, or hypopigmentation, the absence of pigment. While skin discoloration is rarely a sign of a life-threatening disease, it can affect one’s appearance, and even threaten one’s self-confidence. At Greenwich Point Dermatology, our expert team is proud to offer treatments for skin discoloration to patients in Greenwich, Stamford, and the neighboring communities in Fairfield County.

What is Skin Discoloration?

Skin discoloration is exactly what it sounds like – patches of skin that lose their pigmentation or increase their pigmentation to stand out from the rest of the skin on the rest of your body.  There are three common types of skin discoloration, including:

  • Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. This skin condition involves the darkening of the skin after an inflammatory response, such as acne scarring, bug bite, or other disruption.
  • Melasma. Most common in pregnant women, melasma involves the appearance of dark patches on the skin, particularly the face, due to hormonal changes.
  • Vitiligo. This skin condition is most famously characterized by the absence of pigment in the skin, resulting in white patches that can take over large areas of the body.

What does Skin Discoloration Look Like?

Skin discoloration may look different from patient to patient. Some forms of skin discoloration may appear in the form of extremely dark pigmented patches of skin, while other forms may appear in extremely while patches of skin. That being said, skin discoloration is always characterized by a lack of pigmentation or concentration of pigmentation in certain areas of the skin.

What Causes Skin Discoloration?

Skin discoloration is most commonly caused by a chronic condition causing the skin to lose pigmentation or causing a high concentration of pigment in certain areas of the skin. Most causes of skin discoloration are harmless, however, we encourage all of our patients to get their skin discoloration assessed by one of our Board Certified Dermatologists to get an accurate diagnosis.

How Much Do Treatments for Skin Discoloration Cost?

The cost of treatments for skin discoloration at Greenwich Point Dermatology will vary depending on the type of service you receive and your health insurance plan. To get a better idea of how much your skin discoloration treatment will cost, we encourage you to come in for a private consultation.

What Treatments are Available for Skin Discoloration?

There are a few treatment options available for skin discoloration at Greenwich Point Dermatology, including:

  • Topical cream
  • Laser treatments
  • Light therapy
  • Lifestyle changes

To find out which treatment option is best for you and your skin discoloration, we encourage you to come in and see our team of Board Certified Dermatologists for a solution.  We are happy to sit down with you, listen to your concerns, assess your skin, and develop a fully personalized treatment plan to help you get your healthiest-looking and -feeling skin.

Dr. Sarah Dolder and the expert medical team at Greenwich Point Dermatology are proud to offer surgical and non-surgical dermatological services to residents of Stamford, Greenwich, and the surrounding areas of Fairfield County. Contact us to schedule your private consultation with Dr. Dolder, Dr. O’Brien, or Dr. Berliner.