The Surgeon Minute

Skin Discoloration Treatment Without Discomfort

Skin Discoloration Treatment Without Discomfort

Skin discoloration can now be treated without adverse side effects, such as itching or burning. Learn how treatments from pulsed light therapy to a new topical cream can help in this interview with Dr. Bryan Forley from the annual meeting of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

clearskinPeople experience discoloration on the skin of their faces and hands for a variety of reasons, including hormonal changes, sun damage, surgical procedures, and even pregnancy.

In the past, treatments for this condition included intense pulsed light therapy and hydroquinone, an effective topical cream that produced reliable results. However, hydroquinone also has a variety of side effects, including itching and burning.

But, says Dr. Bryan Forley, some new products, such as Lumixyl, promise results just as effective, without skin irritation.

“The beauty of the product is that it’s very safe, it’s very effective, and it’s very well-tolerated by all skin types,” says Dr. Forley of Lumixyl, which was developed by researchers at Stanford University.

Lumixyl can also be used to prevent skin pigmentation problems as well, when used prior to surgical procedures in which the body’s natural healing response might be to produce excess pigment. “If you pre-treat the patient, and then continue to treat them afterwards, then you can oftentimes lessen or completely avoid the pigmentation issues,” says Dr. Forley.

Lumixyl is a topical cream applied twice a day, and with everyday use most patients should see results within about eight weeks, but can be used for longer periods of time.

Get the Flash Player to see the wordTube Media Player.


Chemotherapy Drug Proves Useful for Facial Rejuvenation

Skin Resurfacing Made Easier with Fractional Lasers

Click to add a comment
The Surgeon Minute

More in The Surgeon Minute

Fake plastic surgery.

The Ugly Truth About Fake Plastic Surgery

Camille Cash, MDFebruary 22, 2017
Selecting the right surgeon.

Selecting the Right Surgeon is Critical

John HammarleyFebruary 21, 2017
Augmenting the lips with lip filler.

Lip Filler or Implant? How to Get the Lips You Want

Anne MeyerFebruary 17, 2017
Post-pregnancy tune-up with an abdominoplasty.

A Post-Pregnancy Tune-Up for the Tummy

Isabel BoltFebruary 16, 2017
Rhinoplasty and 3D imaging.

3D Imaging & Rhinoplasty

Katherine StuartFebruary 14, 2017
Lifting the 70's neck.

That 70’s Neck: Updating a Prior Facelift

Anne MeyerFebruary 9, 2017
Why surgeon credentials matter.

Why Your Surgeon’s Credentials Matter

Anne MeyerFebruary 8, 2017
The ABCs of breast augmentation.

The ABCs of Breast Augmentation

Dustin Reid, MDFebruary 6, 2017
breast lift with implants

A Striking Combo: Breast Lift with Implants

Isabel BoltFebruary 3, 2017