Sun Spot Removal
What are sun spots?
Sun spots, age spots, “liver” spots – these are names for the small brown spots that sometimes appear on your face, hands, chest and other parts of your body, caused by photodamage, or sun exposure.
These solar lentigenes can emerge at any age and on any skin type, although people with light skin are most susceptible. Over time, the spots can darken or even grow to become unsightly “splotches.”
The best prevention, of course, is daily sunscreen. For those who haven’t been careful in the sun, lasers can help restore even skin tone.
Laser is the treatment of choice
The energy of the laser safely targets the individual spots, gently breaking the pigment into tiny particles. You’ll notice the spot turning gray or white for a few minutes, a natural response of the skin as it absorbs the energy.
For more aggressive treatment of advanced photodamage, a physician can change the settings of the laser. After this one-time procedure, the skin will appear slightly red, like sunburn, for a few days.
This more advanced treatment is appropriate for patients with light to medium skin tones and significant photodamage including large brown “sun spots,” an increased number of moderate wrinkles, and a ‘leathery’ texture.
The laser can also be used to treat deeper pigment problems, including melasma. Often called the ‘mask of pregnancy,’ melasma appears as a dark ‘stain’ on the skin and can be triggered by hormonal changes. Although doctors have yet to find a cure, a combination of laser treatment and skincare prescription products can manage the condition very well.
How does this laser work?
The high-speed light energy is released in a series of very fast (nanosecond) pulses, causing it to gently vibrate and shatter the targeted molecule deep within the skin. The additional benefits of this laser’s energy also targets the building blocks of healthy skin, stimulating new collagen growth to replenish the collagen we lose as we age.
Can the Q-Switch Laser help reduce scars caused by acne?
The Q-Switch works very well to reduce the most common types of acne scarring. The laser’s energy stimulates collagen remodeling, and over time the acne scars are minimized or eliminated. Some physicians believe these lasers are also helpful in treating active acne by using the laser’s energy to reduce oil (sebum) production, a key factor in acne.
When will I see results from the Q-Switch laser treatment?
Patients will feel a difference in the texture of their skin after the first treatment with the Q-Switch laser. Because collagen takes time to grow, you will continue to see improvement over the next weeks.
After 4-6 sessions, you’ll notice a dramatic improvement, including smaller pores, more even tone, softer texture.
Many patients choose to have monthly or quarterly touch-up sessions to maintain their results.