Brown spots, age spots, sun spots — whatever you want to call them, no one likes seeing them on our skin. At the Center for Dermatology and Laser Surgery, we have several treatment options to get rid of your brown spots and keep your skin looking younger and healthier.
What are brown spots?
Age spots are flat brown, grey, or black spots on the skin. They normally show up on sun-exposed areas, such as the arms, face, and back. Unlike actinic keratoses, which can become skin cancer, typical brown spots are not dangerous. In addition to sun spots, age spots or brown spots, you may also hear them called solar lentigines, liver spots, and senile lentigo.
What causes brown spots?
These spots form due to excess production of melanin in the skin. Melanin is responsible for giving our skin its color. While not all causes of brown spots are fully known, sun exposure and its corresponding ultraviolet light are the main factor. Skin aging tends to allow for more brown spots to form, although this could simply be a factor of the accumulation of sun exposure and damage over the years.
How are brown spots removed?
At the Center for Dermatology and Laser Surgery, we offer a number of treatments to help our patients get rid of their brown spots:
- Laser resurfacing— Using laser energy to remove the outer layer of the epidermis removes or lessens the appearance of brown spots.
- Intense pulsed light— Light wavelengths that correspond to the color of the brown spots are emitted onto the skin. The melanin in the spots absorbs the energy, causing spot to break up and the body to shed the darker skin.
- Cryosurgery— When liquid nitrogen is sprayed onto a brown spot, the spots dries up and peels off. It may eventually come back, but this lightens the spot or removes it.
- Chemical peels— Chemical peels remove varying amounts of skin, depending on the chemical used. When new skin replaces the skin that has peeled, it grows without the brown spots.
- Microdermabrasion— This procedure sprays tiny crystals across the skin, lightly abrading the surface. This lightens brown spots.
Brown spots are not medically dangerous, but are unsightly. When you see the team at the Center for Dermatology and Laser Surgery, we’ll discuss with you the best options for removing your brown spots. Give us a call at (503) 297-3440 to make an appointment.
After age 20, your body produces one percent less collagen every year and your elastin drops. Those two proteins provide the skin’s structural support and elasticity. Their decline opens the door for wrinkles, creases, lines, sagging, and other signs of aging.
At the Center for Dermatology and Laser Surgery, we can help your skin fight the signs of aging to make you look youthful again.
Neuromodulators (one of which is Botox) are used to stop muscles from contracting. This sounds dangerous, but scientists discovered decades ago that Botox injected into the skin in tiny doses temporarily paralyzes a muscle. On the upper third of the face — the expressive area— muscles contract when we perform ordinary movements like frowning and squinting. These muscle contractions eventually form wrinkles on the skin’s surface. Botox temporarily blocks the nerve messages to the muscle which stops these muscles from contracting to prevent wrinkles. This effect usually lasts for about 4 – 6 months. At the Center for Dermatology and Laser Surgery, we offer three different neuromodulators, Botox, Xeomin, and Dysport. We will customize which neuromodulator is best for each of our patients.
Dermal fillers “fill” wrinkles and creases from below, pushing the skin back upward. While some fillers are used to add volume to sunken cheeks other fillers are used to lift sagging skin in order to counter-act the effects of gravity on the skin as we age.
At the Center for Dermatology and Laser Surgery, we offer numerous fillers including those from the Juvederm and Restylane family of products, as well as Radiesse, Belotero, and Sculptra. Each filler has different characteristics, which can improve the appearance of different areas of your face. Again, we always customize which filler is best for each of our patients.
Ultherapy is the only non-invasive FDA-cleared procedure to lift skin on the face and neck, and smooth the skin on the chest. Ultherapy uses the safe, time-tested energy of ultrasound to stimulate the deep structural support layers of the skin, jumpstarting the regenerative process that produces fresh new collagen. Some of our patients see an initial effect immediately after their treatment, however the most noticeable results appear over the following 2 – 3 months, as new collagen works to lift and tighten skin. While Ultherapy is a non-invasive alternative to a facelift, there is zero recovery or downtime.
Laser Skin Rejuvenation
At the Center for Dermatology and Laser Surgery, we utilize the Cynosure Palomar Intense Pulse Light (IPL) as well as both the non-ablative and ablative fractional resurfacing lasers. These lasers off the next generation of technology for skin resurfacing, wrinkle reduction, and scar treatments. This Palomar Icon system also features the Skintel™ Melanin Reader which allows us to customize treatments based on an individual’s skin type while providing improved patient comfort with its adjustable cooling technology. We frequently use these lasers to treat dull or discolored skin, brown spots, red veins, fine lines, acne scars, wrinkles, and enlarged pores.
Micro needling is a procedure we commonly perform which utilizes tiny needles to stimulate the production of collagen in the skin. An effective alternative to laser, we use , micro needling to improve skin texture and tone, treat acne scarring and wrinkles, and to tighten the skin.
If you’re interested in skin rejuvenation without surgery, call us at the Center for Dermatology and Laser Surgery, 503-297-3440, and we can discuss your options.