Darks spots are darkly pigmented patches on the skin, also known as sun spots, liver spots, or age spots. Dark spots are a cosmetic concern that begins to appear around age 40. They most commonly appear on the face, backs of hands, upper chest, and shoulders, and are typically caused by years of sun exposure. Although, there are other common causes such as reaction to certain medications, pregnancy, or a symptom of specific skin diseases, such as melasma, Addison’s, or of the liver.
While dark spots are usually a harmless, aesthetic matter, it always pays to investigate whether other forms of damage might be present, as well. Because it can be easy to mistake a harmless brown spot for a pre-cancerous or cancerous skin lesions and vice versa, it is paramount to see your doctor for a skin exam and then have a skin cancer screening before self-diagnosing any of your brown spots as harmless.
Treatments for Dark Spots
This non-laser treatment uses intense pulsed light (IPL) to diminish dark spots, age spots, redness, broken capillaries, rosacea, wrinkles and more.
This vascular laser treats broken capillaries, rosacea, and other issues related to your network of veins. It also fades dark spots and pink scars.
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This multi-tasker has a fractional laser and IPL to offer a variety of treatments, from photorejuvenation to wrinkle and spot reduction.
Vi Peel ™
The Vi Peel is a gentle medical-grade chemical peel for the treatment of various skin conditions including scarring, fine lines, and sun spots.
Medium Grade Chemical Peel
A Medium-depth Chemical Peel causes controlled damage of the epidermis, which restores the skin’s tone and texture in just a single setting.
Fraxel makes several fractional resurfacing lasers that treat a spectrum of concerns, from general skin rejuvenation to deep wrinkles and scars.