Options for Skin Lightening

Many people work hard to achieve fair and flawless skin. The market is flooded with skin lightening creams and a myriad of treatments ranging from lasers to chemical peels to help people achieve these results. People want to lighten their skin for many reasons. Many patients suffer from melasma or other sun related pigmentation, leaving them with sun spots and discoloration. Other patients suffer from scars, dark marks, and hyperpigmentation from long-standing acne which was poorly treated over the years. There are many different bleaching creams which are available over the counter to treat these dark spots and lighten the skin. These creams work by reducing a pigment called melanin in the skin. When the skin is exposed to UV or sun light more melanin is produced which tends to discolor the skin and produce these sun spots. Skin lightening products may combine hydroquinones, licorice, Vitamin K, Vitamin C, and other bleaching ingredients. These over the counter products are a good place to start for patients who have mild pigmentation or skin discoloration.

However, the topical bleaching creams which are available over the counter may not be as effective as the prescription products which dermatologists such as Dr. Michele Green utilize. Dr. Green specially formulates bleaching creams with five to eight percent hydroquinones infused with Retin-A and other active ingredients to enhance the effectiveness of the skin lightening effect. Dr. Green will create a special pigment protocol for you to follow at home to lighten those dark spots and even out your skin. Most patients use this pigment protocol to treat skin problems such as freckles, melasma, age spots and acne scars. It is also a technique used to lighten naturally dark skin. Skin bleaching is a cosmetic treatment to reduce the prominence of skin discolorations and even out the overall skin color.

*Disclaimer: Results may vary with each patient.

Dr. Michele Green utilizes cutting edge lasers to lighten the skin as well. Patients whose main problems are sun spots and overall sun damage may benefit from the Fraxel Dual which is often referred to as a “magic eraser”. Two or three treatments with this laser will treat all of the overall pigmentation and leave the skin beautiful and even. Individual sun spots on the face and body can also be treated with the Candela® Alex-Trivantage Laser. The Alex-Trivantage utilizes a special wavelength for patients with Asian skin and can treat pigmentation or sun spots even in darker skin patients. Dr. Green also utilizes the Clear & Brilliant laser to treat sun damage since this “mini-Fraxel” is safe and effective on most skin types and has no “down time” at all.

For patients with darker skin types Dr. Green has developed special chemical peels to safely and effectively reduce pigmentation and lighten skin even in those with the darkest pigmentation. She utilizes different strengths of Trichloroacetic Acid peels to rejuvenate and lighten the skin with minimal “down time”. For patients suffering from melasma, Dr. Michele Green is one of the very few doctors in NYC who provides Cosmelan treatments.

Cosmelan is a skin bleaching peel which removes even the most stubborn melasma and is safe to use on all skin types. For those patients suffering from very uneven skin and pigmentation she often combines both Cosmelan and chemical peels to return your skin to its natural beauty.

Dr. Green treats many Hispanic, Asian, and African American patients who suffer from skin discoloration, melasma, hyperipigmentation from acne scars, and dark spots in general on the face and the body. Both male and female patients who suffer from hyperpigmentation have been effectively treated by these protocols. In addition to these skin lightening protocols, Dr. Green utilizes chemical peels and Cosmelan to treat these patients effectively with beautiful lasting results. Only special lasers can be used on patients with darker skin types to avoid additional hyperpigmentation.

Find out how Dr. Green can effectively treat your skin and book an appointment online or by calling 212 535 3088