Freckles, sunspots, melasma or other darkened patches of skin are all examples of pigmented lesions and mainlya result of aging and sun exposure, thus making you appear many years older than your true age.
Sun damage is caused by frequent exposure to damaging ultraviolet (UV) rays. UV is an undetectable form of radiation emitted by the sun. There are two types of UV rays — UVA and UVB. UVA rays penetrate deep into the skin and are the major source of early aging and skin cancer. UVB rays primarily affect the surface of the skin and are the key source of sunburns.
Age spots are flat, light or dark brown marks that develop on the skin as we age. They appear mainly on sun exposed areas, including the face, hands, shoulders and arms. Often, once you start to see age spots, you’ll also see other signs of sun damage, including deep wrinkles, dry, rough skin, fine red veins and thinner, more translucent-looking skin.
All new spots on your skin or changes in the color or shape of an existing spot may need to be more thoroughly evaluated to determine whether it is cancerous or something to be concerned about. The good news is that most brown spots are not harmful and can be removed or easily treated in order to improve the skin’s appearance and make you look younger.
Again, treatments may involve Microdermabrasion, Chemical or Laser peels and Botox. We have been successfully utilizing a superficial erbium laser treatment called laser skin resurfacing combined with a non-ablative photofacial treatment. This leads to a significant improvement in the clinical signs of photodamaged skin. Once we are able to perform a complete skin analysis, a customized treatment plan can be created for you.