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Sun Damage & Age Spots Therapy

Is a Freckle a Sun spot?


Yes!  People are not born with freckles or sun spots; rather, they are born with the tendency to make them.

Freckles are the initial manifestation of sun exposure and sun damage in people with fair skin types. They are round with smooth borders and usually appear in childhood after the skin is exposed to sun.  As we age, those cute little dots found on cheeks and foreheads morph into tan or brown spots with irregular borders…and so a sunspot is born.

Sun Spots (Lentigos)

Sun spots are also called lentigos because they resemble small beans or lentils. Sun spots occur most commonly on the face, chest, arms, back and legs. They increase in number and size with age, depending on the person’s skin type and the amount of sun exposure they have endured.

Melanocytes, the pigment producing cells in the skin, are stimulated by the sun’s ultraviolet radiation to overproduce melanin.  Like a callous, this is the skin’s way of protecting or shielding the skin’s deeper layers from injury.  This protective mechanism can manifest as a suntan, a freckle, or a sunspot aka age spot.

Age spots, more accurately called sunspots, are usually harmless, they don’t disappear in the winter, and sadly, they don’t go away unless they are treated.   Sunspots can be unsightly and contribute to the aged appearance of sun-damaged skin.

Sun Damage & Age spots:  How do we heal these marks of time?

Topical creams containing Hydroquinone and Retin-A work together to slow down the production of abnormal pigment produced by melanocytes.  Topical Vitamin C (L-Ascorbic Acid) such as IS Clinical’s Super Serum and Retin-A have been shown to scavenge free radicals; repair cancer-causing DNA mutations caused by the sun’s UV rays, and soften fine lines and sunspots.

Photorejuvenation aka IPL treatments are the “Gold Standard” for treating freckles, sunspots, age spots, facial veins, and most forms of sun-damage.  A series of three to six, 15-minute treatments can eliminate 85-95% of sunspots.

Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) using ALA Levulan dramatically reduces sun spots, age spots, freckles, acne, & acne scarring, in a single treatment.  PDT also reduces pre-cancerous skin lesions and non-melanoma skin cancers.  A vial of this clear painless solution also improves skin texture, wrinkles and fine lines, pore size, and all aspects of sun damage.  To learn more about PDT and skin cancer or sun spot treatments see our PDT page or schedule a skin rejuvenation consultation today.

Fraxel™ Laser Treatments for Sun damage and Sun spots

If your face, neck, or chest have more severe damage including fine lines and wrinkles, Fraxel™ Repair or Fraxel™ Dual laser treatments erase sunspots and stimulate collagen in the dermis to tighten loose skin and restore youthful elasticity.

The Cosmetic Vein & Laser Center is the only Panama City Beach practice offering the latest advance in skin rejuvenation, Fraxel re:store Dual. This laser skin resurfacing procedure joins the original Fraxel re:store and deeper Fraxel re:pair treatments available at CVLC, and offers a phenomenal way to address visible signs of aging such as fine lines, wrinkles, sun spots, age spots, melasma and excess pigment on the face and body.

The Fraxel™ laser treatment are a safe and effective way to help skin look younger and refreshed. Results are visible after one treatment and continue to improve as healing occurs below the skin’s surface.

If you would like to learn more about Fraxel™ skin laser treatments for sun spots and age spots schedule a skin rejuvenation consultation at The Cosmetic Vein & Laser Center today.

Researchers and clinicians have been working with non-invasive Light Emitting Diodes (LED) that naturally stimulate intracellular processes that heal cells. Blue, red, and yellow LED lights are being used alone for wrinkle reduction, skin rejuvenation, and acne or combined to enhance the results of other procedures such as chemical peels, Fraxel™ Lasers, Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) and IPL.

Freckles and sunspots have to be carefully evaluated by a skin specialist or a Dermatologist before treatment since some types of skin cancers are very similar in appearance.

Sunspots and freckles can be reduced with pigment-specific lasers. If you want to reduce the appearance of your sun spots and sun damage, schedule a consultation with Dr. Kimberly Moskowitz at the Cosmetic Vein & Laser Center.

Read the article published by Dr. Moskowitz “When Does a Freckle Become a Sunspot”

For more information on Sun Damage and Age Spot Therapy, call 850.233.0264 to schedule an appointment.

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