FAQ about Brown Spots:
“After being in the sun, I am noticing brown spots on my face and body. How can I treat these?”
Brown spots on the skin, also called hyperpigmentation, are a common skin problem. There are a variety of causes including skin disorders and medications, but the most common cause is UV light from the sun.
One way to treat hyperpigmentation is to use Intense Pulsed Light therapy (IPL) or Broad Band Light therapy (BBL). This non-invasive and non-ablative treatment uses light to zero in on the brown spot and the light is then converted to heat. The heat zeroes in on the dermis without affecting the epidermis and damages the melanin that makes up brown. The spot darkens and looks like coffee grounds and flakes off after 7 - 14 days.
A series of treatments, 3 - 5, is usually required and time is dependent upon the area treated. Treating the face takes approximately 30 minutes and should be done every 4 weeks for maximum benefits to be seen.
To have skin that is free from brown spots, a skin rejuvenation program is necessary. In addition to light therapy, other choices include prescription products, chemical peels, and lasers. Our aestheticians and nurse practitioners work together to develop the treatment program that will rejuvenate your skin.
Connie Jongewaard, ARNP