David B. Reath, MD
Knoxville, TN (865) 450-9253


One of the most common skincare concerns is hyperpigmentation (patches of skin that become darker in color than the normal surrounding skin.) This darkening occurs when an excess of melanin, the brown pigment that produces normal skin color, forms brown spots in the skin.

Age or “liver” spots are a common form of hyperpigmentation and occur mostly from sun damage. So it’s no surprise that lots of people here in sunny Knoxville, Tennessee have these small, darkened patches on the face and other areas frequently exposed to the sun.

(Note: There is another common form of hyperpigmentation called melasma, which is hormonal in nature and can cause large brown patches on the skin. Women are mainly effected by melasma and it needs to be  treated differently than hyperpigmentation from environmental damage and aging. Click here if you think your hyperpigmentation may be Melasma.)

The Good News: This Skin Discoloration Will Go Away

No FiltersOver the past couple of years, we have seen many advances in the treatment of overactive melanocytes, the cells in the lower layers of the skin that produce the pigment we want to go away.

There are several methods to choose from to get rid of brown spots ranging from the CryoCorrect Treatment to the new Excel V laser to targeted chemical peels, all of which can be supplemented by medical-grade products you use at home.

New! Laser Treatment for Overall Hyperpigmentation

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Excel V is the most advanced technology that combines two powerfully precise lasers to reduce discoloration and promote a more even skin tone. Excel V targets specific areas without abrading the skin’s surface.

CryoCorrect Treatment for Dark Spots

Skinceutical’s brand new CryoCorrect Pen is an oh so comfortable way to gently freeze and remove unwanted brown spots and skin tags from the face, hands, and body. With hardly any downtime or discomfort, results are seen in as little as one treatment.

BEFORE & AFTER: Staff CryoCorrect Treatment

Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.
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Here is Tressa’s famous stubborn spot before and 8 weeks after one CryoCorrect Treatment. She’s so excited not to have it cover it with makeup anymore.

Chemical Peels for Uneven Skin Tone

Chemical peels are proving to be very effective at evening skin discoloration and getting rid of brown spots. Our new generation of chemical peels is a far cry from old-fashioned peels which could be harsh and irritating to the skin without very exciting results.

Rather than just treating the superficial layers of the skin like peels of the past, these new chemical peels penetrate to the dermis, rejuvenating the skin from the inside out. Chirally-corrected active ingredients actually help to remodel the skin for less down time and more visible results.

There are several peels to choose from depending on your budget, how sensitive your skin is and the degree of hyperpigmentation you have… Don’t worry, we’ll walk you through it. Licensed Aesthetician Christy Ledford is getting incredible results from the Skin Lightening RealPeel. For those who can’t afford any downtime, a series of Mini RealPeels is also a great option.

Treat your Brown Spots At Home

All of our medical-grade products for uneven skin tone and brown spots, as well as the sunscreens Dr. Reath recommends, are available here on our new online store.

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Sunscreen is essential to remove brown spots!-
It’s not sexy but it’s really true. Good sunscreen is the most important part both in fighting hyperpigmentation and to keeping it from coming back. Dr. Reath explains why and how in this Truth-O-Meter Tuesday video.

Our Reveal Camera Documents Your Results

Our new Reveal camera lets you see sun damage and brown spots deep in the dermal layers of your skin before they are visible to the naked eye (and while you still have time to correct it.) In addition to documenting brown spots, the Reveal camera shows areas of redness and vascular features to help develop highly targeted treatment recommendations just for you. You will be able to accurately measure the results of your skin care regimen like never before. Best of all, the Reveal photographs are included at no charge in your free skin care consultation.

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Meet Christy Ledford, Licensed Aesthetician

Wondering what you need to do to get great skin? Then you’ll want to meet Christy Ledford, our wonderful Medical Aesthetician and Skincare Specialist.Christy Ledford Licensed Aesthetician Knoxville
If you haven’t met Christy yet, you are in for a real treat. Charming, professional and kind, Christy demonstrates a sincere interest in the well-being of our patients and the overall results of their treatments. She is quickly becoming a favorite of patients and staff alike.

Her 11 years experience as a Licensed Aesthetician have given Christy an extensive understanding of medical-grade skin care products and procedures.

Helping patients design their perfect, personalized skincare plan is Christy’s specialty. She has a talent for finding just the right mix of treatments to achieve great results. Her extensive knowledge in combating aging, hyperpigmentation, redness and acne is what sets her apart.

Dr. Reath is a true believer in aesthetic skin care and the impact it can have on our surgical procedures. Together, Christy and Dr. Reath stay up to date on the newest technologies and ingredients to give the best results to our patients. Whatever your unique concerns, skin type and budget, you’ll love your time with Christy almost as much as you’ll love your results.

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