Hyper-pigmentation Treatment Specialists

Karen Kim, MD, PC

Cosmetic Specialists & Internists located in Downtown, Los Angeles, CA

It doesn’t matter what caused your melasma or hyperpigmentation, those little brown spots feel like they’re taking over your appearance. That’s why Dr. Karen Kim and the team at her Downtown Los Angeles office in California offer the Cynosure Icon laser to treat dark spots and wipe away facial discoloration, boosting your self-confidence.

Hyper-pigmentation Treatment Q & A

Karen Kim, MD, PC

What Is the Skintel Melanin Reader?

The Skintel Melanin Reader is a vital component of the Icon Aesthetic System. This innovative tool measures the average amount of melanin density in your skin. This is done before any treatment procedures occur, allowing Dr. Kim to determine the best course of treatment to begin the process of erasing your brown spots.

To test your skin, Dr. Kim uses the Skintel Melanin Reader in three different areas near your targeted treatment area. In just a few moments, the tool measures the amount of diffused reflection in three different light wavelengths. It instantly computes these measurements into the average melanin level and then recommends a specific treatment level. This scientific analysis gives Dr. Kim a much better assessment of what level to begin treatment than previous methods, which relied fully on visual observations.

How Is Hyperpigmentation Treated?

To reduce the appearance of dark spots and hyperpigmentation, Dr. Kim uses the Icon laser by Cynosure. This non-invasive procedure clears away skin discoloration, leaving you with a revitalized appearance that looks natural.

Using innovative laser technology, Dr. Kim uses a tool that targets melanin, the dark pigment in skin that causes age spots. The laser damages these pigments and they’re naturally processed, then eliminated from the body.

What Kind of Dark Spots Can Be Treated?

With the Icon Aesthetic System, Dr. Kim can reduce dark spots and pigmentation, including:

  • Age spots
  • Sun damage
  • Birthmarks
  • Freckles
  • Solar lentigines

The Icon can also be used to treat dark spots in a variety of areas, such as the:

  • Face
  • Neck
  • Chest
  • Hands and Arms
  • Legs

Is the Procedure Uncomfortable?

Most of Dr. Kim’s patients experience only slight discomfort from the procedure and do not require a numbing cream. And because the treatment is non-invasive, you don’t need any downtime after a treatment session. Instead, you can return to your regular daily activities without issue. These laser treatments typically require about 30 minutes and you’re able to leave directly afterward.

Although side effects are minimal, you may experience slight redness or swelling in the treatment area for a few hours after the procedure.

While Dr. Kim may recommend three to six treatments to get optimal results, natural improvements to the skin’s color and texture appear after just one treatment session. Contact her today to schedule your initial consult.