Treating Brown Spots

Whether brown spots on the body are from too much sun exposure or just hereditary, many people are self-conscious about them – especially if they show up on the face. Luckily, with today’s dermatology there is a way to get rid of unwanted brown spots. Many people are also unhappy with freckles on their face, and freckles can be treated just like brown spots (because generally they are close in color). The latest procedure for treating brown spots on the face, neck, and décolleté is non-invasive and takes only 10-15 minutes.

For people with severe or dark brown spots, a laser treatment is recommend to treat brown spots. The laser emits a pulse of light that is customized to their skin type. The laser will heat the brown spots and will cause a therapeutic effect. Immediately after treatment, the brown spots will begin to darken and may swell slightly. The swelling should go down within a week, and the brown spots will begin to dry out. Over the next 1-3 weeks, the brown spots will start to flake off and fade.

For people with low contrast (lighter) brown spots they will begin to see moderate improvements two to three weeks after the first treatment. After the flaking of the skin occurs, lighter brown spots may be gone completely or will not be as easily noticed. For people with dark brown spots, they may require multiple treatments spaced 3-4 weeks apart. But they, too, will begin to notice the fading of their brown spots after the first treatment.

Talk with your dermatologist about methods to treat brown spots on your face or other areas that you do not want. Laser therapy is not the only option, and your dermatologist will be able to help you choose the best path to take to get rid of your unwanted brown spots.

Posted on behalf of Dr. John Kayal, Northwest Georgia Dermatology

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