Tired of those brown spots that make you look older than your age? Often known as age spots, those brown spots are actually caused by sun damage to your skin. These small areas of pigment often show up on your chest, neck, hands, and face, but you don’t have to live with them. Laser therapy offers an easy, relatively painless way to remove these spots so you’re happier with your complexion.
How Laser Therapy Works
Theodore Diktaban, MD, FACS uses laser therapy to destroy the melanin-producing cells that cause brown spots without causing damage to the skin’s surface. While other treatments for age spots may lighten hyperpigmentation, they aren’t able to penetrate deep enough below your skin to stop the production of melatonin at its source. With laser therapy, a broad spectrum of light is transmitted directly onto the skin where it is absorbed by body tissues. It damages the dark spots so the body can remove them, replacing them with new, fresh skin. Of course, the extent of treatment will depend on the size of the area being treated, and you may need multiple sessions to see the best results. Dr. Diktaban will create an individualized treatment plan for you when you schedule your consultation.
Benefits of Laser Therapy for Brown Spots
Although laser therapy isn’t the only treatment for brown spots, it does offer some unique benefits:
- Instead of just lightening dark spots, it actually treats brown spots at a cellular level.
- There’s no significant downtime for the treatment and patients can resume normal activities right away.
- Laser therapy is relatively painless.
- Side effects are usually very minor.
- Treatments generally last around 30 minutes per session, although that time can vary depending upon the size of the area being treated.
What to Expect After Treatment
Most patients experience few side effects after undergoing laser therapy for brown spots. In some cases, you may notice a slight discoloration of the skin that’s only temporary. After the initial treatments, spots begin to gradually fade over several weeks or a couple months.
Brown spots caused by sun damage are generally gone for good after treatment. However, new spots may show up on skin that’s been damaged by the sun as you grow older. Continuing to expose skin to the sun can result in new spots, so it’s essential to use sunscreen when outdoors and avoid sun exposure if possible.
How to Get Started
If you’re ready to have your brown spots removed with laser therapy, your first step is to set up a consultation with Theodore Diktaban, MD, FACS. We’ll first make sure that your spots are benign before beginning treatment. Dr. Diktaban works hard to provide safe cosmetic treatments that enhance your natural beauty, and he’s happy to work with you to get the flawless complexion you desire. Contact us today to set up your consultation.