Sun Spot Treatments
Photorejuvenation, when done properly, almost always consists of a series of 3-5 treatments, usually one every three to six weeks. The benefits of photorejuvenation treatments are achieved with little discomfort and minimal risk.
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 it prevents you from ever achieving an even-toned complexion. The best laser for sun damage, which includes brown spots and age spots is our IPL laser.
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.
Even if you pride yourself on wearing sunscreen on a daily basis, chances are, your skin is still 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 Outlast are the best and most effective way to target and treat sun spots. At Outlast Aesthetics, we offer many effective methods for removing your sun spots, including:
Intense Pulsed Light
Prescription Topical Creams
Our Nurse Practitioners will assess your skin and determine which treatment will be the most effective to really target and erase your unwanted sun spots.
How to determine the best laser treatment for you
Selecting the proper treatment to target your sun 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 and microneedling. 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.