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How to Fade Dark Spots in Skin of Color

Woman with nice skinDark spots and skin discoloration can happen to people of any skin tone. In fact, they’re one of the most frequently cited reasons why people with skin of color choose to see a dermatologist. In people with skin of color, they can be triggered by several causes. The ideal solution often depends on identifying the source of the issue.

At Advanced Dermatology and Laser Institute of Seattle, our board-certified clinical dermatologist Dr. Steven Greene has more than 25 years of experience helping resolve his patients’ medical and aesthetic skin issues. He has worked extensively with patients with skin of color. If you have medium-to-dark-colored skin, he is attuned to your unique needs and will create a treatment plan to help give you the results you want.

This blog breaks down some of the causes of discoloration in skin of color, what you can do about discoloration, and how Dr. Greene can help.

What Causes Dark Spots in Skin of Color?

People with medium-to-dark-colored skin often get dark spots and skin discoloration when something happens that makes their skin create more melanin, the substance that gives skin its color. In people who have skin of color, numerous things can trigger that melanin production, such as:

  • Acne
  • Psoriasis
  • A wound healing
  • Medications
  • Irritating skin or hair care products
  • Hormonal changes

Dr. Greene can help identify the causes of the dark spots on your skin. Sometimes, if you recognize the source, such as by switching from an irritating hair care product to a gentler one, the discoloration may go away on its own in about 6 to 12 months.

However, if the discoloration has existed for a long time and is more rooted in your skin, it may not fade on its own for years. In these cases, the dark spots may need additional treatment.

At-Home Dark Spot Remedies for Skin of Color

The first thing you should do to treat your dark spots is always to wear sunscreen, even when it’s cloudy, raining, or snowing outside. Every time you leave the house, apply sunscreen everywhere that isn’t covered by clothing. This can help prevent further discoloration. Make sure you wear at least SPF 30 or higher.

If your dark spots don’t go away on their own, you can try using skin-lightening products to return those spots to your natural skin tone. Many of these are available over the counter.

Take care not to buy skin-lighteners that contain steroids. These can cause pimples and rashes, which could lead to more discoloration. Dr. Greene can recommend a product that is safe and effective.

Treatments for Dark Spots in Skin of Color

At Advanced Dermatology and Laser Institute of Seattle, Dr. Greene offers numerous treatments that can help restore your skin to its natural pigmentation. If at-home dark spot treatments aren’t enough, he can address your discoloration in a variety of ways.

Our dark spot treatments include:

  • Chemical peels: Our facial and chemical peel options include Vi Peel, Microneedling, dermaplaning, microdermabrasion, and more. These treatments can address your dark spots and restore healthier, more youthful-looking skin.
  • Laser therapy: We offer laser systems that can target dark spots and destroy the pigmentation that’s causing your discoloration without affecting the surrounding skin.
  • HydraFacial: This treatment rejuvenates your skin cells to improve their elasticity, reduce the appearance of wrinkles, and lighten areas of darker pigmentation.

Contact Our Seattle Dermatologist Today

Dr. Greene has extensive experience working with patients with skin of color. When you come to him for your dark spots or discoloration, he will treat your skin with the care and precision you deserve.

Dr. Greene serves Seattle and nearby areas of Washington. Call (206) 402-4797 today to schedule a consultation.

Why Diagnostic Gaps for Skin of Color Are a Serious Problem

African-American woman with vibrant skinMost patients who experience dry, itchy skin or another skin complaint expect to be able to go to the doctor and leave with a diagnosis. Unfortunately, patients of color often struggle to get an accurate diagnosis for even the most common of skin disorders.

The skin care of patients who are people of color is truly a subspecialty of dermatology. More training is needed for physicians to better recognize common and uncommon conditions that present to both the primary care clinic and dermatology clinic. More »

What are Dermal Fillers?

Woman receiving dermal filler injections
Dermal fillers can address numerous facial cosmetic issues from wrinkles to fine lines to loss of volume. They can help restore a youthful, vigorous appearance to your face and improve the health of your skin.

At Advanced Dermatology and Laser Institute of Seattle, Dr. Steven Greene has more than 25 years of experience helping his patients revitalize their appearance. He and his team continually educate themselves on the latest dermatological treatments and techniques so they can give you the best possible results. Read on to learn more about what dermal fillers are, how they work, and the dermal filler options that Dr. Greene and his team offer.

What are Dermal Fillers?

Dermal fillers are injectable treatments, usually made of a gel-like substance, that can diminish the appearance of facial lines and restore volume and fullness to your face.

More than 1 million people in the United States get dermal fillers every year. They are an excellent non-invasive, non-surgical facial rejuvenation treatment for people who don’t want to undergo a facelift or other surgical procedure.

What Can Dermal Fillers Do?

Dermal fillers can treat numerous adverse signs of facial aging, including:

  • Fine wrinkles
  • Marionette lines
  • Frown lines
  • Crow’s feet
  • Loss of facial volume
  • Circles under the eyes
  • Loss of lip volume
  • Laugh lines
  • Jowl reduction
  • Jawline contouring

How Do Dermal Fillers Work?

Two naturally occurring compounds in your skin help it retain its volume, elasticity, and youthful appearance:

  • Collagen: Collagen is one of the most plentiful proteins in your body. It is essential to helping your skin maintain its elasticity and keeping it wrinkle-free. If you stretch a bit of your skin and watch it snap back into place, that’s collagen in action. The protein also helps your skin heal from wounds and injuries.
  • Hyaluronic acid: This is a clear, gelatinous substance that holds water to help keep your skin voluminous and hydrated. A molecule of hyaluronic acid can hold a thousand times its weight in water. It continually moisturizes your skin throughout the day.

Your body’s production of these substances decreases as you age. Starting in your mid-20s, you make about 1 percent less per year. This never picks back up again on its own. The decline in collagen and hyaluronic acid production is a massive cause of the visible signs of aging. Other factors that can degrade collagen and hyaluronic acid include:

  • Exposure to ultraviolet rays
  • Smoking

Many of the dermal fillers we offer at Advanced Dermatology and Laser Institute of Seattle are made of hyaluronic acid. They are also designed to stimulate collagen production in the injection sites, thereby reducing the appearance of wrinkles and giving your skin a more youthful appearance.

What Dermal Fillers Does Advanced Dermatology and Laser Institute of Seattle Offer?

We provide numerous dermal filler treatments, including:

Contact Our Seattle Dermatologist Today

At Advanced Dermatology and Laser Institute of Seattle, Dr. Greene and his team have the experience and skills to help restore a youthful appearance to your face. We serve Seattle and nearby areas of Washington. Call (206) 402-4797 today to schedule a consultation.

Eliminate Your Double Chin With Kybella®

Woman with nice chin after Kybella
Double chins can be unsightly and embarrassing. Fat under the chin can be resistant to diet and exercise, and people who are otherwise fit and toned can still be stuck with stubborn chin fat that’s nearly impossible to get rid of.

If you struggle with a double chin, Kybella® could help you get rid of that unfortunate feature and improve your facial contour without the need for surgery or downtime. At Advanced Dermatology and Laser Institute of Seattle, board-certified dermatologist Dr. Steven Greene and his team have decades of experience helping patients look and feel their best. We can help you decide if Kybella is the best option for you. More »

Plump Your Pout with Lip Fillers in Seattle

Close up of a woman's full, plump lips after lip filler injections
If your lips are on the thinner side, whether due to age or genetics, you can plump them up with lip fillers. Unlike plumping lip glosses that may give you a tiny, temporary boost, lip fillers will give you dramatic, lasting results.

Fillers are considered the best way to plump up the lips because they’re longer-lasting than any topical product and much less invasive (and often give better results) than surgical lip implants. If you’re interested in volumizing your lips, call the Advanced Dermatology and Laser Institute of Seattle today at 206-402-4797 to schedule your consultation. More »

Acne and Wrinkle Treatment with Laser Genesis

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Laser Genesis is a gentle, effective laser treatment that can help with a variety of issues, including both wrinkles and acne. It’s a great option to help you achieve beautiful, glowing skin no matter your age or skin color. Some lasers aren’t suitable for darker toned skin, but Laser Genesis is non-ablative and appropriate for all skin tones.

If you’re interested in a Laser Genesis treatment, don’t hesitate to contact Advanced Dermatology and Laser Institute of Seattle today by calling 206-402-4797. We’ll be happy to set you up with a skin care consultation to see if Laser Genesis is a good option for your concerns. More »

What is Prejuvenation?

Young woman who got prejuvenation treatments
You don’t suddenly start aging when you get your first wrinkle. Instead, aging is a process that begins long before its visible signs appear. This means that, if you wait until you’re middle-aged to start anti-aging treatments, you’re already decades behind. The best way to treat indications of aging is to prevent them.

This is where prejuvenation comes in. By beginning anti-aging treatments when the aging process actually starts, you can stay ahead of it and maintain a youthful, vigorous appearance as your peers wonder why you look so good.

At the Advanced Dermatology and Laser Institute of Seattle, Dr. Steven Greene is one of his field’s most respected practitioners. Read on to learn about the aging process and the range of treatments Dr. Greene offers to keep you looking young. More »

Rejuvenate Your Look with Dermal Fillers

Portrait of a beautiful blonde woman with plump lips and enhanced cheekbones after dermal filler treatment
Dermal fillers can help to restore volume to the face and hands, and are great for subtle, natural rejuvenation. Plump your pout, smooth your lines, enhance your cheekbones, and more with our broad range of fillers.

If you’re interested in improving your appearance through dermal fillers, don’t hesitate to contact the Advanced Dermatology and Laser Institute of Seattle today at 206-402-4797 to schedule your appointment.

What Can Dermal Fillers Do for You?

Dermal fillers are excellent for achieving a variety of results, including:

  • Plumping and shaping thin lips
  • Adding volume to the cheekbones or temples
  • Enhancing the chin
  • Smoothing nasolabial folds and lip lines
  • Reducing the appearance of dark circles under the eyes

Strategic use of fillers can help to create more youthful, harmonious facial features. Dr. Greene and our estheticians have extensive experience creating beautiful, natural results. We aim to enhance your natural features, not make you over into someone else.

We take particular care not to “overfill” any targeted area, and we work very closely with you to make sure you are happy with your results.

Types of Dermal Fillers We Offer

We offer many different types of fillers in order to target specific areas in the best way possible. Not all fillers are the same, so we take care to choose the ones that are best suited for your desired results. A softer, more malleable filler will be better for delicate, precise work such as filling under eye circles, while a firmer filler will be better for lifting the cheeks or sharpening the chin.

Dermal fillers that we offer include:

  • Juvederm
  • Restylane
  • Belotero Balance
  • Radiesse
  • Sculptra
  • Voluma

Each of these has their own benefits, and we will be happy to discuss which ones are best for you during your consultation.

What Is a Dermal Filler Procedure Like?

Dermal filler injections are not painful. You may experience some minor discomfort, but most patients find the procedure very tolerable. Depending on how many areas you are having treated, a dermal filler treatment can take anywhere from 5 to 15 minutes.

You may experience some minor side effects following treatment, such as:

  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Tenderness

These do not last long, though. Typically, any side effects clear up within a day or two. Lip injections may result in a longer period of swelling, but you can manage it with ice and keeping your head elevated. Any noticeable bruising can be covered with makeup.

Combining Dermal Fillers with Other Cosmetic Treatments

Dermal fillers can be combined with other treatments for a “liquid facelift” that turns the clock back on your appearance with no need for incisions or anesthesia. Popular procedures that patients like to combine with fillers include:

We’ll discuss your concerns in detail during your consultation, and come up with the best treatment plan to reach your goals.

Schedule Your Consultation Today

If you’re interested in dermal fillers, contact the Advanced Dermatology and Laser Institute of Seattle at 206-402-4797 to schedule your consultation today. We serve patients in Seattle and surrounding areas.

Skin Cancer in Skin of Color

Skin cancer in skin of color
There’s a common myth that people with darker skin aren’t susceptible to skin cancer, but that falsehood puts many people at risk. A study in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology found that 63 percent of black Americans reported never using sunscreen.

While it’s true that black-and-brown-skinned people are at a lower risk for skin cancers associated with ultraviolet radiation, they’re not invulnerable. In fact, certain forms of skin cancer are more common in that demographic. Skin cancers in Asian, black, and Latino people are also more likely to be diagnosed at a later stage, and consequently have a higher mortality rate. More »

How to Get Rid of Spider Veins

Close up of a woman touching her inner knee to indicate spider veinsSpider veins are small, wispy veins that have become visible as red or purple discoloration. They look similar to spindly spider legs, hence the name. They are quite visible on the body and are usually found in the legs. They don’t bulge out from the skin like varicose veins, but many people want to lessen their appearance.
Risk factors for spider veins include obesity, high blood pressure, pregnancy, and family history. Spider veins do not typically cause serious health issues, but most people feel more confident after the spider veins are gone. More »

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