Hyperpigmentation

Suffolk Vascular & Vein Center -  - Vascular Surgeon

Suffolk Vascular & Vein Center

Vascular Surgeons & Vein Specialists located in Port Jefferson Station, NY & Hauppauge, NY

If you’re noticing changes in the color of your skin, including areas of hyperpigmentation, in your lower extremities, this could be a sign of vascular disease. At Suffolk Vascular & Vein Center, the team of board-certified vascular specialists understands the many red flags of vascular disease and can help you treat hyperpigmentation in your legs. To learn more, call one of the three offices in Hauppauge, Port Jefferson Station, and Riverhead, New York. Or you can use the online scheduling tool to set up an appointment.

Hyperpigmentation Q & A

What is hyperpigmentation?

Hyperpigmentation is a condition that creates darker patches on your skin because of excess melanin. Hyperpigmentation is very common and is the driver behind age spots on your skin, which tend to increase after years of exposure to the sun. 

Skin discolorations can also signal a problem with your peripheral vascular system or nervous system.

How is hyperpigmentation related to vascular disease?

One of the signs of peripheral vascular disease (PVD) is a change in the color of your skin in your lower extremities, usually around your calves, ankles, and feet. These dermatological manifestations of PVD tend to occur in your lower extremities because these areas are more vulnerable to vascular problems. Your circulatory system needs to fight both distance and gravity to function well.

There are several vascular issues that can produce changes in your skin that include hyperpigmentation, such as:

  • Peripheral artery disease
  • Critical limb ischemia
  • Deep venous disease
  • Chronic venous insufficiency

These serious conditions are caused by compromised circulation in your legs. If they’re not addressed early on, they can lead to skin problems such as:

  • Scaly, itchy, hyperpigmented skin
  • Wounds that won't heal
  • Ulcerations around your ankles as your skin breaks down
  • Ulcers in your feet and toes that can lead to gangrene

Ultimately, any abnormal hyperpigmentation in your lower extremities should be checked out by one of the specialists at Suffolk Vascular & Vein Center as soon as possible.

How is hyperpigmentation diagnosed and treated?

When you see your doctor at Suffolk Vascular & Vein Center, they first review your medical history and check your areas of hyperpigmentation. They also spend some time assessing other symptoms, as hyperpigmentation and discoloration rarely crop up on their own and are usually accompanied by:

  • Numbness, and even pain, in your legs
  • A feeling of heaviness in your legs
  • Swelling in the area
  • Temperature changes in your legs and feet

After thoroughly evaluating your symptoms, they perform further testing to rule out or confirm whether PVD is responsible for your hyperpigmentation. 

With a diagnosis in hand, they design the best treatment plan for your unique situation. It’s hard to say what that plan may be as it depends upon the underlying problem and your lifestyle, among other considerations.

If you notice areas of hyperpigmentation in your legs and feet, don’t wait to call Suffolk Vascular & Vein Center. Or you can use the online scheduler to set up an appointment.