& Tone

It’s not uncommon to experience blotchy, uneven skin tone at one point in your life. Dark spots or redness can disrupt your complexion. Instead of being clear and vibrant, hyperpigmentation can leave your skin looking dull, tired, inflamed, or aged.

Makeup can help smooth out uneven skin tone, and some skincare products may minimize redness, but neither addresses the real problem. Our skincare experts at Rapaport Plastic Surgery will evaluate your skin and identify the cause of your hyperpigmentation. Based on the evaluation and taking into account your unique skin type and condition, our team will formulate an effective solution to restore a radiant, even complexion.

Learn More About Hyperpigmentation & Tone

Hyperpigmentation occurs when your skin produces excess melanin, which gives your skin and hair color. This may occur throughout the skin or in small areas. Dark spots, such as sunspots, are a common form of hyperpigmentation. Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, such as acne scars, may also occur after injury to the skin.

Though hyperpigmentation refers to the darkening of the skin, it’s often used to describe any pigmentation issue that causes uneven skin tone. Hypopigmentation (lighter than normal skin tone spots) and redness can also make your complexion uneven.

Since several types of pigmentation issues can cause uneven skin tone and skin darkening, there are also multiple potential causes. 

  • Hormonal changes. Some hyperpigmentation, such as melasma, is related to hormonal changes. Women often experience melasma during pregnancy.
  • Sun damage. Sun exposure can damage your skin in many ways, causing premature aging and wrinkles while increasing your risk of skin cancer. Many people also develop sunspots (or liver spots). This is because sun exposure triggers your skin to produce more melanin as protection, which is why people tan in the summer. 
  • Inflammation and injury. When the skin is damaged by acne or an external injury, the inflammatory healing response may leave lasting hyperpigmentation. Acne scars are often darker than the surrounding skin.
  • Medications. Some medications increase your skin’s sensitivity to light, making it more prone to sun damage and hyperpigmentation.
  • Rosacea. Skin conditions like rosacea can cause redness and inflammation.

Finding the cause of your skin pigmentation issues can help you correct it and prevent the problem from worsening. For example, those with sun-damaged skin may need to implement lifestyle changes, such as wearing sunscreen and protective clothing. Or, if your facial redness results from rosacea, it will require a different treatment plan than redness from acne.

Our team of skincare specialists will assess your skin and help you determine the cause of your uneven complexion. We offer several skin rejuvenation treatments that can reduce or eliminate hyperpigmentation and redness to restore bright, clear skin.


Often called collagen induction therapy, microneedling uses tiny needles to stimulate your body’s healing response and increase collagen production. The result is smoother, more youthful skin with less sun damage and hyperpigmentation.

Laser Treatments

Rapaport Plastic Surgery offers several innovative laser and light therapy treatments, which are often effective for dark spots, redness, and other pigmentation issues. The intense light is absorbed by melanin and breaks it down, clearing your skin of hyperpigmentation. These treatments also have an anti-aging effect that can help undo sun damage.

Chemical Peels

A chemical peel can clear away the top layers of damaged skin cells that contribute to a dull, uneven complexion. Deeper peels also trigger collagen production. The result is refreshed and radiant skin.


DiamondGlow® is a simultaneously gentle and effective facial treatment. It combines exfoliation, extraction, and infusion to deeply cleanse your skin, resurface it, and hydrate it with beneficial serums. This innovative treatment can be customized to your unique skin concerns, from acne scars to fine lines.

Topical Treatments & Medical-Grade Skincare

High-quality skincare can help subtly improve hyperpigmentation or soothe redness. Dr. Rapaport may prescribe a topical cream or recommend medical-grade skincare products. Medical-grade skincare includes more potent, stabilized formulas for a more effective product that doesn’t degrade as quickly. Dr. Rapaport and our skin rejuvenation experts can guide you to the best products for your skin’s needs.

Take the Next Step

Every patient’s transformation journey at Rapaport Plastic Surgery begins with a detailed consultation with Dr. Rapaport. To learn more about hyperpigmentation treatments and determine if it’s the right choice for you, fill out the form below or call us at (212) 249-9955 to schedule an appointment. Our team is dedicated to providing the best plastic surgery NYC has to offer.

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