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Laser Brown Spot Removal

October 16, 2013


Laser brown spot removal can eliminate some of the smaller spots and legions on the face and neck. Freckles and age spots are usually brown in color and can cause embarrassment and low self esteem. Using laser skin care treatments can be an appropriate method for these types of lesions and unlike other lasers, the does not cause bruising or excessive redness. A light beam allows non-traumatic treatments of vascular and pigmented lesions. It is a safe and effective way to see immediate and consistent results. Laser treatment is safe and has been used in medical community since the early 1960’s, especially in the fields of dermatology (the study of the skin) and plastic surgery. The laser generates beams of light onto a specific site of the body. The light is absorbed by the red blood cells that carry oxygen and the melanin. This causes the destruction of unwanted cells and leaves the healthy cells in the body. This is all done without breaking the surface of the dermis. A vascular legion is formed by having too many blood vessels in the epidermal layers of the skin. Spider veins are the most common type of vascular legions. Pigmented legions are created when the melanin in the skin has too many melanocytes. When the pigment multiplies it causes freckles, brown age spots, and moles.
Laser skin care treatments can vary with each individual. The patient characteristics and the places that are being treated play important factors. Many patients will be required to wear special goggles to protect their eyes from the beams of light during their sessions. Most are placed in a reclined position and treatments are typically done in a doctor’s office on an outpatient basis. Anesthesia is usually not required. Some patients report feeling a tingling sensation during the laser brown spot removal followed by a minute amount of redness that usually dissipates within a few hours. Some swelling may occur, lasting 1-2 days, but there will not be any skin discoloration. There are usually no postoperative care requirements. Within 2-3 weeks the patient should see a dramatic improvement. The number of laser skin care treatments depends solely on the legions depth into the dermal layers. The deeper the pigmentation is, the more sessions the patient will have to endure. The entire laser machine is about the size of a VCR. As pulses of energy leave the handset, a soft beeping sound can be heard. The procedure takes only minutes to perform.

There are different types of legions associated with dark pigmented spots. Laser brown spot removal can work for all types. Lentigines are flat brown spots on the skin that are caused by an overabundance of sun exposure. Keratoses are slighted elevated above the epidermis and are often found on the backs of the hands. Freckles are common dark spots associated with fairer skinned people. Dermatosis Papulosis Nigra are small very dark marks primarily seen on people of Asian or African decent. Laser skin care treatments used to eliminate lentigines are the most common of treatments. Brown spots appear on people of fairer skin when they reach middle age or as a result of sun exposure damage. These persist longer than other pigmented legions such as freckles. It is important for a dermatologist (a physician who specializes in disorders of the skin) to diagnose the spots as malignant or non malignant. Early malignant melanoma is a dangerous sign and should be seen and treated immediately. “And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people” (Matthew 4:23). Some brown marks may fade naturally with sun protection. If a broad spectrum sunscreen is applied for 9 months out of the year, improved results may follow. Anti aging creams and skin fading creams can also be applied on a regular basis. These creams should contain ingredients such as: alpha hydroxy acids, vitamin C, retinoids, and azelaic acid.

There are also other options beside laser skin care treatments for the removal of brown spots. The most common type of alternative treatment is a deep tissue chemical peel. A chemical peel is made up of a combination of alpha hydroxy acids and retinol. The alpha hydroxy acids, when left on the face and neck for a prescribed period of time, will burn off the first few layers of epidermis. This allows the body to become stimulated to produce the cells necessary to create collagen and elastin to repair the damaged epidermis. As long as the brown marks are not in the dermal layers (under the epidermis), the peel should remove them. The retinol, which is a derivative of vitamin A, moisturizes the skin and adds hydration to aid in the repair. Unfortunately the peel will not last forever. Consistent peels are necessary to maintain the facial appearance. Working in conjunction with other face creams and lotions, the chemical peel is a promising alternative to laser brown spot removal. It can also be much less costly. Most health insurance plans will not pay for a laser treatment because it falls under the “plastic surgery” category. However, if a dermatologist writes a prescription for a chemical peel, the pharmaceutical component of a health insurance plan may pay a portion. It is wise to check with your health insurance carrier about approval of both methods before making a decision. Always take caution when choosing a plastic surgeon or any chemical peel products. A wrong choice in either case can cause harmful damage to the skin.

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