What are sunspots?
Sunspots (sometimes referred to as liver spots, although they have nothing to do with your liver) are flat brown spots that develop on areas of the face exposed to the sun. Sunspots are noncancerous, harmless, and do not pose any risk to your health. They do not require any treatment; however, many patients believe sunspots make their skin look older and remove them for cosmetic reasons.
Many at-home treatments claim they can help fade or lighten sunspots. However, the best results come from resurfacing procedures or exfoliating acids, and professionals best perform these services. At Coastal Aesthetics, we take your skin health seriously, and we provide several options to treat your sunspots and leave your skin feeling fresh and new. Call our office today if you’d like to learn more about sunspot removal and if these services are right for you.
Our Sunspot Removal Treatments
Many professional treatments can remove, lighten, or reduce the discoloration associated with sunspots. We offer the following services:
Harmony XL PRO, the Harmony XL Pro Dye-VL hand-piece, and Clearlift Laser specifically target excess melanin under the surface with a narrow band spectrum of light energy. It’s safe for all skin types and even works on sensitive skin areas, including the body, face, and neck.
Diamond GLOW is a gentle dermabrasion treatment. During this procedure, an applicator with an abrasive tip gently removes the outermost layer of dead skin; simultaneously, the skin is infused with a customized serum that penetrates deeply into the newly revealed skin. This treatment is safe and effective, and noninvasive. You’re going to love your results!
Microneedling is a minimally invasive cosmetic procedure that uses tiny needles to penetrate the skin and create controlled micro-injures. As a result, the skin incites a wound healing response, which boosts collagen development and evens the skin’s texture and tone.
Microneedling is typically used to create new collagen, which firms, smoothes, and tightens the skin. The treatment helps with acne scars and decreases the appearance of sunspots. After this procedure, your skin will be slightly red, and you may experience dryness and flakey skin over several days.
Are sunspots dangerous?
Sunspots alone are not dangerous to a patient’s health and don’t require treatment. They are also noncancerous, nor can they become cancerous. Many patients opt to treat or remove sunspots for cosmetic reasons, but choosing not to treat them will not pose any health risks.
Receiving treatments from a medical professional for sunspots is safe. Although some medicines may cause temporary discomfort and redness, you should discuss possible risks associated with treatments with your medical professional before you begin treatment.
How do I know it's a sunspot?
Many patients become worried when they notice a dark spot on their skin. However, sunspots are a normal reaction to the sun and a natural part of aging. A few features of a spot can help you distinguish sunspots from birthmarks or skin cancer. Of course, if skin cancer is a risk for you, we recommend you speak with a dermatologist about anything that concerns you.
Sunspots are easy to identify. They are flat areas of discoloration that are typically tan or varying shades of brown. They often appear in places where sun exposure is greatest, such as your face, shoulders, back, and the backs of your hands. Most patients start to notice them around the age of 40, although it’s also normal to see them earlier or later, depending on your skin tone and the amount of sun exposure you experience.
Freckles are similar to sunspots, as they are also flat, brown spots that become more prominent in the summer when you get more sun. However, they are smaller and can fade in the winter or when you’re not exposed to as much sun. Freckles are easily treated with laser treatments and we are able to do that for you here at Coastal Aesthetics.
Birthmarks are another feature commonly mistaken for sunspots. Birthmarks appear earlier in life than sunspots, and there are two main types: pigmented and vascular. Birthmarks can be flat or raised, big or small, and present in various colors and shades, such as tan, brown, purple, red. Most birthmarks pose no health risks.
Skin cancer can be identified as a new, changing, or growing mole or spot. However, common skin cancer will also present with lesions that itch, bleed, or do not heal properly. In addition, skin cancer typically has irregular borders. If you suspect skin cancer, you should book an appointment with a dermatologist right away. Sunspots are harmless, but any spot that proliferates, changes in appearance, or seems unusual should be evaluated by your dermatologist and if your medical staff suspects concern, we will not treat your skin until evaluation by a dermatologist.
How can I prevent sunspots?
The best way to prevent sunspots is by avoiding exposure to the sun. The best way to do this is to use mineral-based sunscreen or wear clothing to protect yourself from the sun. We also recommend avoiding tanning beds, direct sun exposure, especially during peak hours.
Why should I choose Coastal Aesthetic
to treat my sunspots?
Since 2017, Kimberlee Smith FNP and her medical team have served the coastal York, Maine community. Patients love working with the medical staff at Coastal due to their acute attention to detail, precision treatment, and attentive patient care. In addition, the Coastal team seeks to improve upon your natural beauty. We have a reputation for excellence, and we can’t wait for you to see for yourself.