18 Dec Brown Spots is What that Tan Turned Into
If you tanned when you were younger, you’re not alone. Spectrum Dermatology treats a number of patients who are well aware of the risks they took in their younger days. Fortunately, the age of tanning in the US has largely gone out of style. Most people know that tanning can increase the odds of skin cancer and leads to premature aging. However, even if you’ve stopped tanning years ago, you’re still paying the price.
The Long Term Effects of Tanning
Brown spots, also known as age spots, are a sign of sun damage. So is tanning. The big difference is that tanning is an immediate sign of sun damage while brown spots can take years or even decades to appear. Tanning occurs when the body is aware of the risk of burning, and it increases melanin in the skin to protect the body. It’s the “first-responder” to keep you safe from UV rays and unfortunately came to be known as a symbol of beauty in decades past. The good news is that this trend was relatively short-lived.
Brown spots, on the other hand, are the long-term signs of either tanning or poor sun protection. They’re known as age spots because they take so long to appear that most teens and 20-somethings don’t have them. That doesn’t mean brown spots aren’t lurking below the surface.
Most of the time, brown spots are harmless. However, sometimes they can be a type of lesion or a lighter-skinned mole that should be checked annually by your dermatologist. Skin cancer doesn’t always look like skin cancer, and there have been cases where brown spots actually were cancerous.
Even if your brown spots are completely harmless, though, it’s understandable if you want them removed. They can make you look older than you are and keep you from having that flawless, clear skin you desire. There are many ways to treat brown spots, and laser skin resurfacing is one of the most popular and effective.
The Right Treatment for Brown Spots
You only want to trust a dermatologist with your brown spot removal. These skin experts will be able to tell if something isn’t right and a biopsy is necessary before treatment. They also have access to the latest state-of-the-art technology to ensure the most incredible results. If you want to wave goodbye to your brown spots in 2020, call Spectrum Dermatology at 480-948-8400 and schedule your consultation.