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    Many people develop dark spots on their skin with age. These spots can appear practically anywhere, including on areas like the face, neck, chest, and hands. If you have dark spots on your skin, the good news is that there are many aesthetic treatments available to help. These treatments can help reduce the appearance of dark spots on your skin and can also help with other age-related skin concerns.

    Aesthetic Treatments can Help with Dark Spots

    woman on boat wearing hat after she received aesthetic treatments for dark spots on her skin

    Dark spots on the skin are commonly due to sun exposure, but aesthetic treatments can help reduce the appearance of dark spots.

    Aesthetic treatments are non-invasive cosmetic procedures that can help you enhance your appearance. When it comes to dark spots on your skin, there are several skin rejuvenating treatments that may help brighten the area and even out your complexion. Some common treatment options for dark spots include:

    • Medical-grade chemical peels
    • PRX treatment
    • Laser treatments
    • Radiofrequency microneedling

    Each of these treatment options can help improve the look of dark spots on your skin. These treatments all work a little differently and come with their own pros and cons. Our team can discuss your desired results and offer recommendations on whether and which treatment may work best for you. We may look at many different factors to help you determine which aesthetic treatments are right for you, including your current skin concerns, medical history, and lifestyle.

    What Causes Dark Spots on the Skin?

    Before we get into the specifics of the aesthetic treatments we offer, first let’s talk about what dark spots are. Dark spots are a form of hyperpigmentation on the skin. They also go by many other names, like age spots, liver spots, and sun spots.

    Dark spots are typically harmless (though they can sometimes look like skin cancer), but they do affect many people’s self-esteem. Many feel that hyperpigmentation areas, especially on the face, décolleté, and hands, detract from their appearance or make them look older. Therefore, many people look for aesthetic treatments to help minimize the look of dark spots.

    Hyperpigmentation occurs when you have excess melanin deposits in one area of your skin. Melanin is what gives your skin its color and is produced by special skin cells called melanocytes. However, some things can cause the melanocytes to produce more melanin than normal, which can lead to dark spots on your skin.

    Two common causes of hyperpigmentation are sun damage and inflammation. Both of these can increase melanin production, which can lead to dark spots. Frequent sun exposure can increase your risk for developing sun spots, especially as we age, as sun damage accumulates over time. Also, inflammation such as from skin injuries can lead to hyperpigmentation as well.

    While hyperpigmentation isn’t always preventable, there are some things you can do to reduce your risk for developing dark spots on your skin, such as:

    • Avoid sun exposure
    • Wear sun-protective clothing
    • Use sunscreen with at least SPF 30
    • Avoid picking your skin after an injury or blemish, as it can promote further inflammation

    Types of Aesthetic Treatments that May Lighten Hyperpigmentation

    If you do develop dark spots on your skin, know that there are treatments available. As a women’s health clinic, we offer several medical-grade aesthetic treatments to help you address concerns like hyperpigmentation as well as other issues like wrinkles and fine lines. Some of the treatments we offer that may help with dark spots on your skin include:

    Jan Marini Skin Research Chemical Peel Aesthetic Treatments

    Chemical peels are a common aesthetic treatment option that can help rejuvenate the skin and address many concerns, including dark spots. The medical-grade chemical peels from Jan Marini Skin Research have been used to treat many types of hyperpigmentation and sun damage.

    The Refine peel is good for overall skin rejuvenation and may help with mild hyperpigmentation. For more severe hyperpigmentation, the Transform peel may be the better option, as it is the more aggressive option. These chemical peels help promote skin cell turnover to reduce the appearance of sun damage, hyperpigmentation, photodamage, as well as things like fine lines and scarring.

    These two-step peels use mild acids to deeply exfoliate the skin. This helps your skin get rid of dead skin cells and bring newer, fresher skin cells to the surface, which can also help brighten hyperpigmentation areas and even out your complexion. The second step is a leave-on treatment with retinol, anti-aging peptides, and antioxidants, all formulated to help with healing.

    Jan Marini chemical peels can be used on the face, décolleté, and hands to reduce dark spots. Typically, treatment involves a series of three peels over a 12-week period. Many start seeing results after just one peel. Talk to our providers about which peels and how many aesthetic treatments you will need for your desired results.

    Cynosure Laser Aesthetic Treatments

    Cynosure is a type of laser therapy our clinics offer. Lasers are a powerful tool for rejuvenating the skin and treating unwanted dark spots. Cynosure laser treatments are quite effective at reducing the look of dark spots and sun damage.

    These aesthetic treatments use laser technology to target hyperpigmented cells in the skin. The laser energy then transforms into heat to destroy the unwanted cells. This helps resurface the outer layers of the skin in the area and also target cells deeper in the skin to reduce the look of dark spots and other concerns like wrinkles and visible veins.

    Our team can use Cynosure laser treatments in a variety of areas, including the face, neck, chest, hands, arms, and legs. The number of treatments needed varies for each person. Some people may only need a few, while others may need several. Talk to our providers to see if Cynosure laser aesthetic treatments are right for you and what treatments may look like based on your personal circumstances.

    Vivace Radiofrequency Microneedling

    Another common option is Vivace RF microneedling. This treatment combines two powerful skin rejuvenation methods: microneedling and radiofrequency treatments. This treatment can help tighten the skin and reduce the look of hyperpigmentation spots.

    Vivace radiofrequency microneedling helps with skin resurfacing by creating controlled micro-damages in the skin to promote the healing and skin regeneration process. The microneedles make small channels in your skin while the radiofrequency treatment creates heat energy in the deep layers of your skin to increase collagen production and skin cell turnover.

    Like other aesthetic treatments, this treatment option is personalized to you. While typically treatment involves three sessions with four to six weeks in between treatments, you may need more or fewer treatments or different times in between treatments. Our team can discuss the specifics of this treatment option based on your individual situation.

    HerKare – Quality Health Care for Women

    When you need top quality care, choose our team at HerKare. We are a women’s health clinic offering solutions for health care and aesthetic treatments. Our team is here to help you look and feel your best at every stage of life. Make an appointment today at one of our convenient locations to learn how we can help you improve your health and appearance!


    It is with heavy hearts that we announce that Dr. Sridevi Panchamukhi will be discontinuing her affiliation with HerKare. Dr. Panchamoukhi’s last day with HerKare was Monday, March 27, 2023. As a patient you may obtain copies of your medical records or arrange transfer of your medical records to another physician. HerKare Physician Group, PLLC will continue to maintain your medical records. You may reach out to to obtain copies of your records. We wish Dr. Panchamoukhi the very best.