Brown spots, sometimes called liver spots, are a common part of aging. Over time, however, they can impact the appearance of one’s skin causing insecurity. 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.
At the Center for Dermatology and Laser Surgery, we offer several options for eliminating or diminishing brown spots and keeping skin looking youthful and clear.
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 Can You Get Rid of Brown Age Spots?
Because brown spots are not medically dangerous, removing them is a cosmetic procedure with the main goal of creating aesthetically pleasing results. Deciding which procedure will be best suited for addressing brown spots and attaining the patient’s desired results depends on each person’s unique skin condition and concerns.
We offer numerous effective treatments for reducing the appearance of skin discoloration and promoting a more uniform complexion. These treatments include laser both resurfacing and non-resurfacing, chemical peels, liquid nitrogen and microdermabrasion.
- 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— During the microdermabrasion procedure tiny crystals are sprayed across the skin, lightly abrading the surface. This lightens brown spots.
It’s never too late to get rid of unsightly brown spots and attain clear, blemish-free skin. Those beginning to see the first signs of brown spots can also consult with a cosmetic provider regarding skincare treatments and regimens that can preemptively prevent the development of more brown spots.
If you are interested in learning more about the Center for Dermatology and Laser Surgery’s various treatments for brown spots contact us today for a consultation.