Sunspots

Apply a liberal amount of sunblock with a rating of 30+ daily to protect yourself from harmful UV light from the sun.
— Dr.’s tip

Results may vary.

Advanced laser technology — breakthrough treatment for sunspot removal

One of the most common and noticeable signs of sun exposure are sunspots (technically called solar lentigos). Some sunspots are brown and tan, leading them to be mistaken for freckles; but true freckles don’t appear and disappear based on your sun exposure, the way sun spots do. How early sunspots appear is determined by heredity and the amount of sun exposure you’ve had in your life.

Brown, Tan, black or even grey in color, these dark lesions are flat and most commonly appear on the cheeks, forehead, nose, chest, arms, and hands, and are usually most noticeable on the left side of the face, especially for people who often drive a car – the sun just loves that driver’s side window!

The good news is that Reflections has the technology and expertise to safely remove sunspots. Our advanced laser treatments are a great way to rejuvenate your skin, and when you visit us, we’ll also teach you how to protect yourself from further sun damage.

What if you could reverse the signs of sun damage?

Clear that unwanted pigment

We use our FDA-approved, state-of-the-art lasers and intense pulsed light devices (IPL) to remove unsightly sunspots and improve the complexion of your skin.

The results? A more youthful you!

The physicians at Reflections have over 10 different lasers to treat unwanted sunspots. The type of device used (laser or pulsed light) is determined by many factors, including your skin type, the nature of your sunspots, your ability for down time, your budget, and what other skin issues you’d like to address, such as fine lines or enlarged pores.

Get ready to improve the appearance of your complexion and take years off your appearance!

Results may vary. Pairing the patient with the right laser or IPL treatment is the key to great results, which is why Reflections offers over 10 different sunspot removal treatment technologies, provided by advanced nurses and physicians who specialize in laser skin rejuvenation.

Many options — great results

Q-Switched lasers are a great approach for removing pigmented lesions from the skin. These lasers deliver short pulses (a billionth of a second) of very intense laser light, fragmenting and removing the pigment. The energy has little or no effect on the surrounding skin. Sun damage disappears and the skin appears more youthful. Most sunspots can be removed within one to two treatments, spaced four weeks apart. Some deeper lesions will require more treatments. Sun exposure needs to be avoided after the treatment and don’t forget to apply sunblock with a 30+ rating every day to protect yourself from further sun damage1.

Starlux IPL is an intense pulsed light (IPL) treatment that uses high intensity pulses of visible light to target sunspots and other pigment abnormalities. IPL works by penetrating the tissue with light that is absorbed by the lesion’s melanin. The body’s natural processes then remove the injured tissue resulting in a more even complexion and a restored youthful appearance. Unlike lasers, IPL systems deliver many wavelengths in each pulse of light instead of just one2.

Reflections patients love this gentle, noninvasive approach to removing sunspots as it leaves the top layer of the skin intact and requires little to no downtime. Your number of treatments depends on the severity and number of your sunspots, but typically two to three treatments are performed, spaced about one month apart. Results become apparent even after the first treatment.

Starlux IPL is not for our patients with darker skin types. For these patients we will generally advise alternative treatments that are customized to their unique needs2.

Fraxel Re:Store Dual laser is a revolutionary laser technology that makes sunspots disappear and leaves your skin softer, smoother and fresher. It also improves the appearance of fine lines, enlarged pores, and other textural issues, making it a good choice for people who are looking to address these concerns as well. This FDA approved laser works by producing thousands of tiny columns of microscopic treatment zones in your skin, leaving the surrounding skin unaffected. Following each treatment, the body’s natural healing process creates new healthy tissue to replace skin imperfections. The second laser wavelength targets sunspots, leaving the skin tone more even and pleasing to the eye. All with minimal downtime!

Patients typically need from two to three procedures for pigment improvement, spaced two to four weeks apart. Your skin will continue to improve over for three to six months after your treatment.

Fraxel Re:Pair is another advanced laser for treating sunspots that also provides added skin rejuvenation benefits. Fraxel Re:Pair works by removing old, damaged skin and allowing new collagen to form resulting in tighter, fresher, younger looking skin. More aggressive than Fraxel Re:Store, the Fraxel Re:Pair does require some downtime. Depending on how aggressive your treatment is you can expect between four to seven days of healing time. You’ll only need one treatment and will notice improvement right away with dramatic results within three to six months. Fraxel Re:Pair is commonly used for patients who are looking for help with fine lines, wrinkles, and loose skin in addition to their sunspots3.

The Clear + Brilliant laser works like a gentler version of the Fraxel lasers, and is a wonderful way to maintain you healthy and vibrant skin tone we’ll help you to achieve4.

Other treatments for Sun spots include Portrait PSR Resurfacing, erbium laser resurfacing, long-pulse Alexandrite laser, Isolaz, Levulan PDT, Cryotherapy, DermaSweep, and over the counter and prescription topical therapies.

A more radiant you

The physicians and staff at Reflections will decide which technology and approach is appropriate for your skin type and treatment goals. We look forward to creating a customized treatment plan at your complimentary consultation. Why not call today and discover how Reflections approach to laser facial rejuvenation can restore your natural, more youthful radiance.


Sources:
1. TSE, Y., LEVINE, V. J., MCCLAIN, S. A. and ASHINOFF, R. (1994), The Removal of Cutaneous Pigmented Lesions with the Q-switched Ruby Laser and the Q-switched Neodymium: Yttrium-Aluminum-Garnet Laser. The Journal of Dermatologic Surgery and Oncology, 20: 795–800. doi: 10.1111/j.1524-4725.1994.tb03707.

2. Babilas, P., Schreml, S., Szeimies, R.-M. and Landthaler, M. (2010), Intense pulsed light (IPL): A review. Lasers Surg. Med., 42: 93–104. doi: 10.1002/lsm.20877

3. Lawrence S. Bass MD; Rejuvenation of the Aging Face Using Fraxel Laser Treatment; DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.asj.2005.03.003 307-309 First published online: 1 May 2005

4. Amir M Karam, Mitchel P Goldman; Rejuvenation of the Aging Face; JP Medical Ltd, Aug 28, 2015; pages 91-104