5 Solutions for Banishing Those Pesky Brown Spots

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A sure and certain sign that age is creeping up on you are those pesky brown spots that seem to suddenly appear on your hands, face, shoulders, and arms. These age spots, also referred to as “liver spots” due to their brown color, are very common when you’re in your 50s and older. Although they can sometimes look cancerous, they’re actually harmless.  

Do remember that if do you have these spots and they change color, rapidly increase in size, start to itch or bleed, and have irregularly shaped borders, then you should visit your doctor immediately for a biopsy to rule out any medical conditions that may be to blame.

Although those age spots are harmless unless you spot any of the warning signs above, they can be irritating to see when they’re a constant reminder and betrayal of your real age. So, we’re going to take a look at the five solutions available to you to banish those pesky brown spots for good.

1. Chemical peel

One way to remove the brown spots is by literally burning away the outer layers of your skin with a chemical peel. An acid is applied that peels away the skin, allowing new blemish-free skin to take its place.

Several treatments are usually needed before results are seen. As it takes time for new skin to form, you’ll need strong sun protection for a few weeks following treatment.

2. Cryotherapy

Liquid nitrogen or an alternative freezing agent is applied by a swab to the age spot to freeze and destroy the pigment. The skin lightens as the area treated heals, although the solution used can irritate the skin and cause some discoloration. Cryotherapy treatment is ideal for treating a small grouping of spots in one area.

3. Dermabrasion

The surface layer of your skin is sanded down with dermabrasion by using a rapidly rotating brush, then allowing new skin to form and take its place. Much like a chemical peel, several treatments are usually needed for the results you're looking for to be seen, with redness and the forming of scabs following each session.

4. Medication

There are some medications available by prescription for treating liver spots. Bleaching creams, retinoids, and mild steroids can fade the spots gradually over a few months, but these can cause your skin to dry out, redden and even cause burning and itching. Sun protection factor of 30 or above is essential to protect the skin while these medications are being used

5. Laser treatment

Our preferred treatment option for banishing those brown spots here at Chappell Rosso Dermatology and Laser & Aesthetic Center is with a laser using Fraxel®. Fraxel is a revolutionary laser treatment that uses pinpoint laser beams to treat precise microscopic areas of your skin. The Fraxel laser is fully FDA approved for treating brown spots and other pigmented lesions.

Your skin is completely unique to you, which means you need a fully customized treatment to return it to the blemish-free appearance for which you seek. Fraxel is precise enough to be able to directly target the brown spot, leaving the surrounding skin untouched.

The heat and light from the laser stimulate your body’s own ability to heal those brown spots by replacing the pigmentation and damage with healthy new skin.

To discover more about Fraxel and how it can banish those pesky brown spots from your skin for good here in the Permian Basin area, book your consultation with us at Chappell Rosso Dermatology and Laser & Aesthetic Center today by requesting your appointment online or giving us a call.

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