Brown spots and other changes to your pigmentation can be caused by sun damage and the aging process but may also be a sign of a skin disorder. Years of sun exposure with little or no protection can lead to unattractive brown spots on the face, neck, chest and hands.
The brown Spots that come with age (Age Spots or Seborrheic Keratosis) are usually flat or raised, vary in size and usually appear on the face, trunk and extremities. Most commonly found in adults over the age of 50 (but also present in younger people), these spots are normally not cancerous but can be removed for cosmetic reasons.
One of the laser technologies used by Dr. Doumit uses a powerful beam of light that shines through the outer layer of the skin. The brown pigment absorbs the light energy and gets very hot for a fraction of a second. This is enough to break up the pigment and make it less dense and disappear from the skin. Another technique used by Dr. Doumit is to use a type of laser to ablate (remove) the top layer of skin at the site of the brown spot and allow the skin to heal afterwards. This method also yields excellent result.* The treatment method chosen for each patient is personalized to the patient’s skin type and type of brown spots.
If you are bothered by age spots or pigmentation caused by sun damage, in most cases, laser treatment can significantly fade or even remove these noticeable marks.*
After the treatment, the treated area may appear pink, red or brown. It generally settles rapidly and is best left alone. It should not need a dressing as long as you can resist picking and scratching. In general, the healing process may take about a week.*
As a dermatologist, Dr. Doumit will assess your brown spots from a medical as well as an aesthetic perspective. This means that if there is a wider problem, you’re in the right place for a diagnosis and treatment. Call for an appointment to have your brown spots assessed and treatment options explained to you.
*Disclaimer: Patients results can vary from one to the other depending on multiple factors.