Pigmentation Treatment

Many cosmetic dermatology patients are focused on smoothing fine lines and combating volume loss, but uneven pigmentation can be just as distracting. Normal pigmentation in the skin is caused by a diffuse, even, distribution of cells called melanocytes. When these cells group together in a large quantity they cause causes visible brown spots. We are born with perfect skin, and perfectly distributed melanocytes, but life takes its toll on skin. What healed blemishes and excess sun exposure leave behind are solar lentigines (freckles), seborrheic keratosis (waxy, raised, age spots), uneven tone, and other occurrences of hyperpigmentation.

What are my options?

Bryn Mawr Dermatology provides cosmetic dermatology to alleviate hyperpigmentation and create the balanced skin tone you want.

For Pigmentation treatments in Villanova or Collegeville, contact our dermatologists today at 610.525.7800!


There is no one cause of issues that cause soft tissue to appear lighter or darker than what would otherwise be considered healthy. Common causes of discoloration include:

  • Pregnancy/Hormones
  • Adrenal gland dysfunction
  • Sunlight exposure
  • Genetics
  • Autoimmune disorders
  • Trauma to the skin (scaring)

Patients of all ages and all lifestyles can be affected by skin pigmentation problems, whether you diligently apply sunscreen and have a meticulous skin care routine, or you’ve suffered injuries and have a pre-disposition for dark spots. Any area of the skin that looks darkened or lightened, compared to surrounding, healthy tissue can be considered a cosmetic skin problem. These can include melasma, age spots, sun damage, and even freckles or spots leftover from long healed traumas.


Because the causes of pigmentation problems are widely varied, treatment is flexible and designed to meet your needs. Our dermatologists understand our patients have busy lives and schedules, which is why we offer cosmetic procedures that come with little to no downtime while creating beautiful results.

Mild discoloration can often be alleviated by sloughing off dead and discolored cells on the surface of the skin. Bryn Mawr Dermatology offers exfoliating treatments which do just that, while they encourage cell turnover, create collagen remodeling, and allow your skin to look fresh and youthful. There are no chemicals used in this treatment, which makes it effective for patients with many skin types. Ask our team about microdermabrasion to reveal a bright and even skin tone.

Chemical peels can be provided with varying levels of the active ingredient, whether you’re looking for a mild or deep peel. After the solution is applied and removed, patients will notice the dull and discolored skin on the surface of tissue peeling away over time. This helps to lighten and eliminate dark spots on your skin, and reveal the even, healthy complexion underneath. Patients with moderate pigmentation issues may want to consider a medium or deep peel to effectively slough away discolored tissue.

Another effective method of revealing smooth and healthy skin is light therapy. Intense pulsed light (IPL) creates balance in skin tone by using visible light energy to target and destroy the cells that produce excess color in the skin (melanocytes). This non-ablative treatment bypasses the topmost layer of skin and focuses on breaking up the dark marks which your body then sloughs off. IPL is best suited to treat large areas that have scattered hyperpigmentation (think freckling all over your shoulders or cheeks) and because it is non-invasive and requires minimal downtime a series of treatments is recommended to see maximal results.


The ND:YAG laser works in a similar fashion as IPL, by using light energy converted into heat energy to identify and eliminate the cause of darkly pigmented spots. The big difference is that ND:YAG uses infrared (non-visible) light and is substantially more powerful. Because of the intensity this laser can bring, it is most appropriate for treating well-defined brown spots that are deeper in the skin and stubbornly refuse other types of pigment treatment. Bryn Mawr Dermatology is proud to have both the IPL and ND:YAG laser on premises in order to customize your way to flawless skin.


Regardless of how brown spots appeared and what caused them, Bryn Mawr Dermatology offers many cosmetic skin care solutions to help you feel your best. Our entire team is highly trained in dermatological procedures and can recommend a treatment plan that creates the smooth, even skin you have always wanted.

Skin Pigmentation Treatment

Our goal is to help you look and feel great. You can depend on our dermatologists, licensed aestheticians, and experienced staff to provide care that resolves age spots, sun spots, hyperpigmentation, melasma, and various other skin discolorations that make your complexion look blotchy and uneven. It all starts with a consultation at either our Collegeville or Villanova dermatology offices.

Get started today by calling our dermatology team at 610.525.7800 or easily book an appointment by clicking the Schedule Now button at the top of the page. We look forward to caring for you!