Pigmented Lesion Removal Specialist

Scott C. Hippeard, MD -  - General Medicine

Scott C. Hippeard, MD

General Medicine & Aesthetics located in Roanoke, VA

If you’re bothered by skin discolorations from conditions like melasma or hyperpigmentation, you may be a great candidate for treatment with the MaxY IPL aesthetic system. At his Roanoke, Virginia, medical practice, Scott C. Hippeard, MD, offers custom treatment plans to address skin lesions and other pigmentation issues without surgery or downtime. Learn more about innovative IPL technologies available for pigmented lesion removal by calling the office.

Pigmented Lesion Removal Q & A

What causes pigmented skin lesions?

There are a variety of conditions that can result in discolored patches of skin developing on your face and body.

Your skin contains melanin, which is a substance that gives your skin its color and offers protection from the sun. When your body starts producing too much melanin, you can develop areas of skin discoloration. Common causes include injury or underlying medical conditions, like:

  • Melasma
  • Vitiligo
  • Birthmarks

Hormonal changes and sun damage can also be the root cause of discolored or hyperpigmented skin.

How does MaxY IPL technology treat pigmented skin lesions?

IPL, or intense pulsed light, therapy uses high-intensity, broad-spectrum light energy to target the pigments of your skin. The darkened area of skin effectively absorbs the light, which breaks apart these pigments into tiny particles.

Your body removes the broken-down particles naturally as a waste product without any further treatment. Over time, the appearance of birthmarks or pigmented lesions become lessened.

While IPL technology targets pigments beneath the skin, effectively destroying their structure, the treatment doesn’t cause damage to surrounding skin or soft tissue.

What happens during IPL treatments?

Treatments with MaxY IPL technology is both fast and effective. Treatment isn’t painful and requires no anesthesia or incisions. Dr. Hippeard uses the proper wavelengths of IPL energy to treat the type of pigmentation you have and where it’s located.

You may need more than one treatment to achieve your desired results. Dr. Hippeard can customize a plan that addresses your needs based on your medical history and the severity of your lesion or pigmented skin.

Dr. Hippeard performs all treatments in a comfortable, in-office environment, and you won’t need any recovery time after treatment. While treated areas may appear red for a few hours, you can go back to your usual routine without limitations.

Am I a good candidate for IPL treatments?

After a thorough evaluation of your skin’s health, Dr. Hippeard can determine if IPL treatments are right for you. He discusses your goals for treatment to ensure you have the right expectations for your results.

In general, your skin should be in good health and you should have no existing health conditions, such as active infections, that may interfere with treatment.

Get rid of unsightly skin lesions or discolorations by calling the office today to book a consultation.