When Sun Spots Diminish Beauty

Microdermabrasion Bryn Mawr, PAOh, the joys of blissful youth! If you remember days of slathering on baby oil and sitting under the sun with your friends, you may also remember a sense of dread when you learned that habit could set you up for skin problems, even skin cancer, later in life.

One of the problems that many men and women notice is a little thing called sun spots. The clumped pigment is also referred to as age spots or as good old-fashioned UV damage. In any case, spots on the arms, shoulders, legs, or face can be a distraction from all the effort you have put into an anti-aging plan. According to a survey of 1000 women, sun spots are a big problem. Thirty-six percent of the women polled stated that sun spots weren’t far behind wrinkles regarding concern. Seeing this, we feel compelled to discuss how Sun spots can be treated.

Microdermabrasion

This refreshing skin treatment involves gentle abrasion (like sanding) of the uppermost layer of skin. The device abrades the skin with tiny crystals that are immediately suctioned into a small tube along with debris and dead skin cells. Microdermabrasion is very mild and causes little if any redness. There is no downtime. Over several days, healthy new skin cells are regenerated, which provides a general, widespread improvement in tone and texture.

What to know: Microdermabrasion is not a one-time sun spot treatment. It may take several to see the desired improvement.

Chemical Peels

Chemical peels provide light to deep exfoliation of the epidermis and have been refined to meet the varying needs of patients. This method of skin rejuvenation is excellent for improving skin tone over time by removing damaged cells that make their way to the surface, where their collected pigment creates uneven tone.

What to know: The extent of improvement with a chemical peel depends on its depth and the severity of spots. Lighter peels reveal a more radiant tone, and will likely minimize the appearance of spots gradually with repeat treatments. Deeper peels cause more widespread and significant peeling and will achieve more extensive results in fewer (possibly even one) treatments.

Claytor Noone Plastic Surgery offers some treatments that can reduce the appearance of sun spots. In addition to chemical peels and microdermabrasion, patients may consider laser and light treatments, microneedling, and more.

Contact our Bryn Mawr office at 610-527-4833.

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