23 Sep Brown Spots / Age Spots / Sun Spots and How Best To Get Rid Of Them
As people age, and their skin experiences cumulative sun exposure, different types of spots may become noticeable on the skin.
Age spots, or liver spots, appear as brown or black patches of skin that may be individual or clustered together. They can be caused by genetics, age, or sun exposure, or a combination of multiple factors.
Regardless of the cause of these spots, skin care for Scottsdale patients should involve having age spots evaluated and treated. It is important to consult with a laser treatment dermatology specialist to ensure that dark spots are not cancerous moles or other problematic skin lesions.
If spots are simply attributable to age or sun, and do not pose any further health risks, they can be treated at a laser treatment dermatology clinic. Your skin care Scottsdale specialist will recommend a treatment plan based on the severity of the spots.
You may start out with bleaching creams and other topical treatments that can fade small spots. If you have a minor case of pigmentation, this could be enough for removal.
However, if spots persist or are too large and dark for topical treatment, your dermatologist will likely recommend other strategies. Cryosurgery involves freezing the tissues to remove spots, while chemical peeling works by removing the affected layer of skin. Dermabrasion has similar effects, but the skin layer is removed with mechanical exfoliation/sanding.
Increasingly, skin care professionals are using laser treatment dermatology to remove brown spots. Laser light and heat is applied directly to unwanted spots, treating specific areas of the skin. This ensures that healthy, unblemished skin is left untouched, promoting overall skin health.
If brown spots do turn out to be cancerous moles, your dermatologist will work quickly to remove them. Cancerous moles are typically excised, along with a large border of skin to ensure that all cancerous tissue is completely removed. Skin cancer can develop rapidly so if you suspect cancerous moles or discover new or changed brown spots it is very important to visit your dermatologist right away.
Once treatment of brown spots is complete, the best way to keep discolored areas from reverting is to regularly apply sunscreen.
You should also follow any maintenance treatment guidelines set out by your dermatologist for best results – take care of your skin and take care of your health! To book an appointment with Spectrum Dermatology call us today at 480-948-8400 or book your appointment online.