06 Oct There are Options for Removing Brown Spots
Hyperpigmentation is your body’s way of defending itself against dangerous UV rays. Spectrum Dermatology offers a wide range of options for removing these spots for cosmetic reasons as well as skin cancer treatment. Brown spots, also known as age spots or simply sun damage, might be considered either a medical or cosmetic issue and you deserve to work with a dermatologist who specializes in treating both.
A sunburn is the body’s initial reaction to sun damage. Fortunately, most people in the U.S. are now well aware of the risks of skin cancer—including the most dangerous, melanoma—and sunbathing is no longer as popular as it used to be. However, just because a person does not actively seek out a tan (which is really just your body’s response to sun damage) does not mean that damage is not occurring.
A sunburn and tan are just two ways the body responds to sun damage. Most sun damage is accumulative over a person’s lifetime, with the majority of sun damage usually occurring during childhood. This is because children are simply outdoors more, are certainly not as vigilant when it comes to applying sunscreen, and younger skin can be more prone to sun damage. You might not see the full effects of childhood sun damage until years or decades later when it reveals itself as brown spots, premature lines and wrinkles, and sometimes skin cancer.
Treating Brown Spots for Cosmetic Reasons
Those who would like to lighten or remove brown spots and age spots for cosmetic reasons have a number of options available. One of the most effective approaches is with laser and light therapy, and Spectrum Dermatology is home to one of the largest collections of these technologies in the area. The exact type of laser or light treatment that will work best for you depends on your skin tone, the type of sun damage sequelae, and the severity.
There are also chemical peels, which remove the top damaged layer of skin to reveal “new” youthful skin below the surface. Medical-grade chemical peels come in various depths including mild, medium, and deep. Recovery periods increase the deeper a chemical peel goes, but these can be very effective at removing superficial and even medium-depth types of sun damage.
Skin Cancer Treatment
There are different types of skin cancers, but some reveal themselves through suspicious-looking moles. Most moles are benign, but some clients do choose to have them removed for aesthetics. However, moles should never be removed without being biopsied at the same time and that is something only your dermatologist should perform.
It is impossible for a person to examine every part of their body for strange-looking moles, with the back and scalp being especially difficult. An annual skin check from a dermatologist is the best way to catch signs of skin cancer early and treat cancer as soon as possible. Both are paramount for a fast and straightforward treatment, since early stage skin cancer usually only requires a simple in-office excision.
Preventing Skin Cancer and Brown Spots
Although most of your sun damage has already occurred, it’s never too late to prevent future damage. This requires following the best practices of wearing sunscreen and using the right medical-grade products. We work with you to determine the best sunscreens and/or sunblocks for your skin and lifestyle. These products are not found in stores and come in higher concentrations and with higher-quality ingredients than even products found in high-end department stores.
Avoiding the sun, in addition, to properly wearing the best sunscreen is also a part of sun damage and skin cancer prevention. These steps include avoiding direct sunlight whenever possible at peak hours (10 a.m. – 2 p.m.), wearing loose-fitting long sleeves and pants when possible, and donning wide-brimmed hats and sunglasses.
Thanks to the latest treatments, technologies, and products, you can both prevent future sun damage and reverse many signs of sun damage that linger on your skin. Brown spots and other types of hyperpigmentation, such as melasma and freckles, can be lightened and or even removed when you work with dermatology experts. Call Spectrum Dermatology today at (480) 948-8400 to schedule your skin check or a consultation for cosmetic brown spot treatment.