It’s a well-known fact that the sun can cause many types of damage to the skin, including sunburns and wrinkles. But the most common cosmetic damage that occurs is sunspots. Sunspots are flat brown spots that usually show up on the face, neck, chest, or hands. Typically, sunspots are harmless and don’t pose many health risks. One of the main reasons people remove sunspots is purely for cosmetic purposes.
That said, be mindful of the differences between a sunspot and signs of skin cancer caused by the sun. Melanoma is the most high-profile case of skin cancer. Early signs of melanoma are a new mole or changing the characteristics of an existing mole. These include a change in size, itching, or bleeding. If you experience any spot on the skin that is rapidly changing size or shape should be seen by a dermatologist.
If you have sunspots and can’t bare to live with them any longer, dermatologists can prescribe retinol or other creams that will reduce the sunspots. Through Intense Pulsed Light (IPL), we can release multiple light waves down to the second layer of skin, where the imperfections are destroyed while being minimally invasive. Additionally, other procedures, such as the IPL Laser Treatment, are offered at Fairlawn Aesthetic M.D. that can also eliminate sunspots.
Post-procedure is very minimal, with minor side effects. Regular activity can still continue, while the only issues are sunburn. The treated part of the skin will be sensitive for a few days after the procedure.
Sunspots can be a cosmetic eyesore for some. Don’t hesitate to get them removed if you feel so inclined. Contact our offices in Ohio to schedule an appointment online with Dr. McDaniel or call us at 330-801-9069 today!