When your skin soaks up the sun, several changes can occur. In addition to picking up a suntan, your skin could develop sun spots, also called age spots, that last long after your summer suntan fades.
You don’t have to learn to live with skin blemishes and discoloration. At Lasercare Skin Clinic of Little Rock, Arkansas, Bruce Sanderson, MD, and our team can restore your skin to smoothness and clarity. Here’s what Dr. Sanderson wants his new and existing patients to know about the potential to eliminate sun spots and other imperfections for good with laser treatment.
Lasting sun damage to your skin
The radiation in sunlight can cause lasting damage to your skin. Sunlight contains ultraviolet (UV) radiation — and so do tanning beds. UV radiation causes pigmentation changes in your skin, including the dark brown blotches known as sun spots or age spots.
While you might enjoy the appearance of an even summertime suntan, the sun spots that can remain through the winter may seem less attractive. Your skin can become a record of the years you’ve lived, prematurely aging your appearance. Sun spots, areas of darkened pigmentation that can accumulate and grow from year to year, can show up on your face, hands, neck, and shoulders.
While cosmetic treatments can’t do anything to reverse the deeper sun damage that can increase your risk of skin cancers, we can do a lot to remove sun spots and restore the surface of your skin. Sun spots themselves don’t indicate underlying problems with cancer. If Dr. Sanderson suspects that a dark spot is not actually a sun spot, but a sign or symptom, he can refer you for testing.
Laser therapy to restore your youthful appearance
Our team at Lasercare Skin Clinic can recommend the best cosmetic treatments to turn back the clock on your sun spots. With our pigmented lesions laser treatment, you can be free of sun spots within just a few days. Here’s how it works.
The clusters of melanin that come together to form your sun spots create darkened areas of skin. When we target your sun spots with a precision laser treatment tool, the areas with darker pigmentation respond more to the laser stimulation than your surrounding skin. Your dark spots fade to a gray color right away, and flake off over the next day or two.
With one or more treatment sessions, you may be able to completely erase your visible sun damage, giving you a more youthful, refreshed appearance. Laser treatment is noninvasive, and mostly painless, although we can provide a topical anesthetic cream if desired to maintain your comfort during your brief treatment session.
To learn more about your options for clearing your skin of sun spots and other discolorations and blemishes, get in touch with our Lasercare Skin Clinic team today. You can book your initial consultation appointment by calling us at 501-205-1022, or request an appointment online.