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3 Effective Treatments for Sun Spots

3 Effective Treatments for Sun Spots

As summer heats up, you want to look your best for every party and get-together. However, sun spots may be keeping your confidence down and preventing you from feeling your best.

Although sun spots are typically harmless, they often show up on your face, hands, and visible parts of your body. The good news is that there are effective treatments to remove sun spots so you can achieve beautiful, glowing skin for the summer.

Dr. Lori Scott and the Lori Scott Family Care team offer a variety of treatments to remove blemishes like sun spots for healthy-looking skin. Dr. Scott specializes in aesthetics that safely and effectively boost your confidence.

What are sun spots?

Also known as liver spots or age spots, sun spots are usually harmless areas of hyperpigmentation on your skin. They typically appear on areas frequently exposed to the sun, such as your face, neck, torso, and extremities.

The color of sun spots can vary in shades of brown and tan and are often oval-shaped and flat to the skin. Sun spots also usually appear in clusters where melanin production increases due to frequent sun exposure.

Although sun spots are harmless, they may cause self-esteem issues, especially when they appear on your face. They often occur in adults over 50 but can appear on sun-exposed skin at any age.

If you're embarrassed about sun spots on your face, you can try some over-the-counter treatments – but the results vary widely and can’t get rid of the hyperpigmentation. The best thing to do for sun spots is to seek treatment from an aesthetic specialist to address your specific needs.

A word to the wise

Sometimes, melanoma looks similar to sun spots, making it difficult to tell the difference. It's essential to have a dermatologist check spots on your skin to ensure they're not harmful skin cancers like melanoma. If you're not sure if you have sun spots or melanoma, follow the ABCDEs of skin cancer:

The best thing to do for sun spots is to visit the dermatologist yearly for checkups and wear SPF sunscreen while in the sun. Check yourself for any spots that change over time or look unusual compared to the rest.

Effective therapies for sun spots

Hyperpigmentation can affect how you feel about your skin, but you don't have to live with sun spots. Dr. Scott offers various aesthetic treatments for effective sun spot removal.

1. Laser treatments

Dr. Scott uses the revolutionary PicoSure laser to treat various cosmetic skin issues, including sun spots. PicoSure emits rapid bursts of laser energy, which breaks up areas of discoloration, including sun spots, for even pigmentation and triggers the body's healing response.

When the body begins to heal, it produces more collagen and elastin, improving skin texture and elasticity.

2. Chemical peels

Chemical peels are another effective treatment for unsightly sun spots. There are different levels of chemical peels ranging from a light peel to a deep peel that penetrates several levels of skin.

Dr. Scott evaluates your sun spots, skin type, and aesthetic goals to determine which chemical peel is best for you. Most chemical peels require some downtime and take time to heal, but the results speak for themselves.

3. Microdermabrasion

During microdermabrasion, Dr. Scott carefully abrades the top layer of skin to remove blemishes and sun spots and uses suction to remove the dead cells. Your body produces new, healthy skin cells and collagen, evening out the look of your skin. 

You may experience slight discomfort and redness during the procedure, which quickly disappears afterward.

Reveal your beautiful skin

These three treatments are highly effective in treating sun spots and improving the texture and pigmentation of your skin. Dr. Scott talks to you about each treatment so you can choose one that's right for your needs.

Call Lori Scott Family Care today at 252-513-1749 or request a consultation online to discuss sun spot treatments.

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