Laser Treatments for Sun Damage
The Best Laser Treatments for Sun Damage, Age Spots, and Brown Spots
Sun Spots and Sun Spot Removal
Brown and red spots on the skin can be more than just annoying. When the skin shows any signs of discoloration, you can look much older than you are and prevent you from ever having an even-toned complexion. The best lasers for sun damage, which includes brown spots and age spots are:
- Intense Pulsed Light (IPL): Also known as a photofacials, an IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) treatment is used to treat brown and red spots, flushing of the skin. Typically a series of 3-5 treatments spaced about a month apart is the key to achieving optimal results. With an IPL treatment, the red spots on the skin might look slightly redder after the treatment for about two to five days, followed by disappearance. Brown spots on the skin will generally look darker for up to a week (similar to coffee grinds), after which they will crust off to reveal unpigmented skin underneath. Many patients come to us for IPL sessions in the fall, after the summer sun has damaged the skin. Many patients request IPL to erase the sun damage and brown spots on their hands too.
- Fraxel Laser: The immediate results after a Fraxel laser for sun damage treatment will be softer, brighter skin with a more even texture. The skin will continue to regenerate and improve over the next 3-6 months post treatment.
- Photodynamic therapy (PDT): Uses a solution with IPL for more aggressive treatment of irregular pigmentation or brown spots on the skin.
Even if you pride yourself on wearing sunscreen on a daily basis, chances are your skin is still gets exposed to the sun. One of the most commonly seen skin reactions to the sun is the formation of sun spots. The appearance of sun spots can seriously mar a perfect complexion.
How Sun Spots Age You
When sun spots and age spots appear as a result of too much sun exposure over the years, they can really age the face. Those unattractive brown spots can add years to your look and distract from your signature features. Freckles might be a cute when you’re young, but brown spots on men and women over 30 can make you look years older. Sun spots can also appear on the hands, chest and back. In fact, the hands are one of the first areas to show the signs of aging.
Sun Spot Removal
While there are many at-home treatments that claim to get rid of sun spots, in-office cosmetic procedures at the dermatologist are the best and most effective way to target and treat sun spots. At Schweiger Dermatology, we offer many effective methods for removing your sun spots, including:
- Intense Pulsed Light
- Chemical Peels
- Laser Therapy
- Prescription Topical Creams
Our team of board-certified cosmetic dermatologists and licensed skin experts will asses your skin and determine which treatment will be the most effective and really target and erase your unwanted sun spots.
How to Determine the Best Laser Treatment for You
Selecting the proper treatment to treat your brown spots depends on understanding the exact location and type of pigment we’re targeting with the treatment. For example, sun spots are typically caused by excess melanin, or pigment, at the junction of the first and second layers of the skin (the epidermis and dermis), and having this understanding will allow us to pick the correct device that will target the right pigment at the right level of the skin and effectively treat the spots. Other methods of treating sun damage include chemical peels, microdermabrasion and a prescription topical lightening product from your dermatology provider. It’s crucial to go to a dermatology specialist who understands the skin. All laser therapies are very targeted, making it essential to locate exactly where on the skin you need attention, this makes the treatment effective and safe.
Reveal a flawless complexion now with one of our sun spot removal treatments. Contact us now to discuss your special skincare needs with one of our skincare experts.