Pigmented lesions, such as freckles, sunspots, and certain types of brown birthmarks can be treated with a variety of pigment-specific lasers and light-based devices. These are also the lasers that are used to lighten unwanted tattoos. Since freckles and sunspots may be seen with fine lines and wrinkles, pigment-specific laser treatments can be performed at the same time as other treatments available to improve the look of sun damaged skin. However, it is important to evaluate the skin before treatment and accurately diagnose the specific type of brown spot, whether it be a freckle, sunspot, or mole.
The board certified dermatologists at Capital Laser & Skin Care will thoroughly evaluate your pigmented spots to determine which types of brown spots are appropriate for treatment. Once sunspots are lightened, the skin looks more radiant, even-toned, youthful, and vibrant.
Treatment of pigmented spots usually takes just a few minutes to perform. Most patients feel a light, snapping sensation during treatment. After treatment, the spots are red and resemble bug bites for approximately one day. Then the treated spots turn darker and flake off between three to five days after treatment. Makeup can be applied over the treated areas. Although good improvement is expected after a single treatment, many patients will require more than one treatment for the best results. It is important to protect the skin afterwards with a broad-spectrum sunscreen of at least SPF30 and minimize sun exposure to maintain the best results.
If you are interested in finding out how to lighten brown spots, a pigmented birthmark or an unwanted tattoo, give our office a call to schedule an appointment with one of our board certified dermatologists.