Pigmentation irregularities, while a normal part of the aging process, can affect your appearance, whether on face or body. Our dermatologist at Piedmont Plastic Surgery & Dermatology can help you find solutions to pigmentation irregularities and restore an even skin tone.

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Hyperpigmentation occurs when there is an increase in the amount of melanin produced by your body. This increase in production can be triggered by several factors including:

  • Age
  • Hormones
  • Sun exposure
  • Pregnancy
  • Adolescence
  • Addison’s disease

Areas of hyperpigmentation can appear on any location on your body, but most frequently appear on areas which receive greater amounts of sun exposure – often the face.

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Conversely, hypopigmentation is caused by a decrease in the amount of melanin produced by your body. Hypopigmentation may be present at birth or may develop as you age. Types of hypopigmentation include:

  • Skin damage resulting from blisters, burns, infection, or other trauma
  • Vitiligo, an autoimmune disorder in which smooth, white patches form on the skin
  • Albinism, a rare disorder of the skin characterized by an absence of melanin produced by the skin
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The Importance of Sun Protection

While there is usually no treatment needed for health reasons for either hyperpigmentation or hypopigmentation, it is imperative that all individuals use adequate sun protection when venturing outdoors. Those with hypopigmentation are at a greater risk for skin cancer due to limited or absent melanin. Those with hyperpigmentation should be careful to use sunscreen in order to prevent further sun spots from developing, and to prevent a worsening condition.

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974 SouthPoint Road, Suite D
Belmont NC 28012

Phone: 704-755-8020

Fax: 704-755-8021


5815 Blakeney Park Drive, Suite 100
Charlotte, NC 28277

Phone: 704-542-2220

Fax: 704-542-3304


309 S. Sharon Amity Road, Suite 200
Charlotte, NC 28211

Phone: 704-344-8846

Fax: 704-344-9844


7476 Waterside Loop Road #600
Denver, NC 28037

Phone: 704-601-4381

Fax: 704-822-5997

Forest City

651 Withrow Road
Forest City, NC 28043

Phone: 828-288-1204

Fax: 828-288-1205

Gastonia/937 Cox Road

937 Cox Road
Gastonia, NC 28054

Phone: 704-898-8014

Fax: 704-898-8018

Gastonia/959 Cox Road

959 Cox Road
Gastonia, NC 28054

Phone: 704-866-7576

Fax: 704-866-0106

Hickory/Tate Blvd. Building 100

315 19th St. SE, Building 100
Hickory, NC 28602

Phone: 828-325-9849

Fax: 828-325-9879

Hickory/Tate Blvd. Building 200

315 19th St. SE, Building 200
Hickory, NC 28602

Phone: 828-328-3500

Fax: 828-328-8777


13539 Reese Blvd W.
Huntersville, NC 28078

Phone: 704-892-4878

Fax: 704-892-7453


105 Delta Park Drive
Shelby, NC 28150

Phone: 704-484-0464

Fax: 704-482-0308

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