What Are Sun Spots
Sun spots, also known as age spots, liver spots, brown spots, and freckles, are multiple, flat, discoloured areas on the skin caused by uneven distribution of melanin (skin pigment). They typically appear on sun-exposed areas of the skin, such as, the face, neck, hands, arms, and shoulders. Besides wrinkles, sun spots are one of the most telltale signs of a person’s age.
The melanin pigment in our skin absorbs sunlight and helps to protect our skin from UV rays. However as we age, our skin’s natural ability to fend off UV rays gradually deteriorates, and we see the development of sun spots and more and more other sun damage. Sun spots removal is one of the most commonly performed treatments at Q Esthetics Laser Clinic.
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Quick Facts Of Sun Spots
- Sun spots may start to appear at a very young age. After age 40, our skin is less able to regenerate from sun exposure and the age spots become more prominent.
- Sun spots most commonly occur in light-skinned people who have less melanin pigment that can protect the skin from sun exposure.
- Sun spots are also commonly seen in those who have a genetic tendency to develop freckles.
- Most sun spots are benign, but if you notice any with abnormal changes in color or shape, you should see a dermatologist to determine if they are cancerous or not.
- Sun spots can be caused by excessive exposure of UVA and UVB light from tanning beds.
Sun Spots Removal Treatments
There are so many over-the-counter skin creams that promise to remove sun spots, but many of them are actually ineffective. Sun spots removal treatments with laser & ipl devices are generally considered to be more effective. Sun damaged skin may improve gradually over a period of a few years simply with daily sunscreens and lightening creams, but for those who wish for more rapid results, one or two treatments with the IPL or laser will make drastic improvement within two weeks.
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IPL Sun Spots Removal
At Q Esthetics Laser Clinic, we treat sun spots for most skin types with IPL. With many patented innovations, Palomar LuxG and LuxY hand-pieces can deliver optimally-filtered wavelengths of pulsed light to safely and effectively clear sun spots. The specific band of light targets the melanin in sun spots, where the light is converted into heat. The heat selectively destroys the sun spots, which are shed away, clearing the lesion and revealing fresher, healthier skin. Clinical studies have shown that sun spots removal treatment with Palomar IPL handpieces can achieve results as good as or better than the treatments performed by single-application “gold standard” lasers, in addition to its superior comfort and no downtime.
Aside from fading brown spots, IPL can even tone, improve the overall texture of the skin, reduce redness, as well as shrink the appearance of pores. The result is more even-toned and tighter skin, and of course, faded sun spots.
Laser Sun Spots Removal
At Q Esthetics Laser Clinic, we also use the picosecond laser PicoSure to treat more deeply pigmented sun spots. For dark, very pigmented age spots, multiple sessions are required, however PicoSure treatments usually require between 10-30 minutes and results can be seen within 1-5 treatments. PicoSure targeted energy stimulates collagen production and resurfaces the top layer of skin. Your skin’s natural rejuvenation process will further smooth and retexturize the skin, as well as even the tone. The natural process of your body regenerating skin cells will typically mean it takes between 1-3 weeks before you can see results. PicoSure can be described as feeling like “a light sunburn” with minor redness after treatment.
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