Aging is the leading natural cause of brown spots. From acne scars to brown spots caused by sunburns of years past, brown spots are a classic sign of aging. They are also sometimes referred to as “age spots” or “liver spots.”
Brown spots are a common skin complaint and can be caused by a number of factors. Also known as hyperpigmentation, brown spots can include sun damage, freckles, or scarring. There’s also melasma, a unique type of hyperpigmentation most commonly found in women and triggered by sun exposure and hormone changes. Nobody is certain exactly what causes melasma, but it presents as gray or brown patches, and it’s well-documented that sun and hormone changes can exacerbate melasma.
Most brown spots are round in shape, flat, and usually brown or black. Sometimes age spots appear in clusters, and other times they show up by themselves. Melasma can be various shades of brown or gray and can appear irregular or patchy. Many people with melasma have a relative with this type of hyperpigmentation. Women who take hormonal birth control pills, who are pregnant, going through menopause, or undergo hormone replacement therapy are at an especially high risk of triggering melasma.
There is also a genetic, hereditary aspect to brown spots. If one of your parents has a lot of age spots, you also have a higher chance of getting them in excess. However, everyone can minimize both sun damage and brown spots by avoiding the sun and using sunscreen every time they’re exposed to UV rays.
Older people have relatively more brown spots simply because they’ve had a lifetime of sun exposure. Years ago, little attention was paid to regularly wearing sunscreen. That’s slowly changing, but sunscreen alone won’t stop brown spots or melasma from appearing.
Neaman Plastic Surgery & Medi Spa is Oregon’s premier destination for all forms of cosmetic enhancement. Our staff includes two board-board certified plastic surgeons, highly trained nurse injectors, and skilled aestheticians. We offer the latest technology in non-surgical treatments from the comfort of our Salem offices. Contact us to schedule a consultation.
Neaman Medi Spa offers the Cosmelan Depigmentation Peel to help treat brown spots and melasma. This highly-concentrated peel contains over 50 antioxidants and peptides to help brighten skin and lighten brown spots. The Cosmelan peel is safe to use on all skin types and gently regulates the overproduction of melanin. This peel starts with an in-office application and also includes an at-home maintenance program. After the treatment, your skin may peel which should only last a few days.
Brown spot treatments are just part of beautifying the skin. Personalized, professional skincare is the other part of the equation. From melasma to brown spots and acne scarring, ZO Skin Health offers one-of-a-kind skincare products that are bioengineered for your unique needs. The innovative delivery system treats clients of all ages, genders, and ethnicities. ZO products work best when incorporated into your daily skincare regimen.
How many Spectra/IPL treatments will I need for brown spots/melasma?
Is there any downtime using the Spectra laser?
Does the Spectra/IPL treatment for brown spots and melasma hurt?
How many chemical peel treatments will I need for brown spots/melasma?
Is there any downtime associated with brown spot/melasma treatments?
Will the Cosmelan peel hurt if I have brown spots/melasma?
Clients notice a reduction in brown spots after just one 30-minute laser skin resurfacing treatment. Melasma clients also notice a brown spot reduction, but almost always require multiple sessions due to the stubbornness of this type of hyperpigmentation. Results can be optimized with ongoing at-home skin care regimens.
There is little to no downtime for IPL and Spectra laser resurfacing treatments. However, it is prudent to avoid direct sun exposure for at least 72 hours post-treatment.
Most clients report that Spectra and IPL laser skin resurfacing for brown spots feels warm, but there is no pain. No anesthesia is required.
When using the Cosmelan peel, an aggressive peel for all skin types and colors, you will see results after one treatment. There is also an at home maintenance system that will help you see continued results. You are able to repeat the treatment after six months if you wish to.
No downtime is usually experienced, but some clients may develop redness, itching, minor swelling, and stinging after a peel. These are common reactions, but vary client to client. Five days after treatment, all side effects usually subside.
Clients often report a warm sensation during a peel, but it subsides within an hour. No anesthesia is required.
At Neaman Medi Spa, consultations are an important step to establish a great provider and patient relationship. We take the time to listen to your goals, conduct the Visia analysis, and develop a skincare plan customized for your skin and goals. To learn more, call us or visit our Contact Us Page.
© Neaman Plastic Surgery & Medi Spa. All Rights Reserved. Web Design & Internet Marketing by Studio III