We Offer A Range Of Age Spot Treatments Including Lasers, Peels, & Home Therapy Treatments
Your skin is the largest organ of the body, consisting of three layers of tissues, the epidermis, the dermis, and the subcutaneous layer. When you’re in the sun, the epidermis is bombarded by invisible rays of ultraviolet light. The UV light damages the cells on the surface, and after many years, the damage manifests in the skin with the formation of fine, red blood vessels and an increase in abnormal cells (potentially turning cancerous). Unfortunately, this increase in pigment is not uniform, and appears as liver spots, freckles, or sun spots; all names for solar lentigines. While they are harmless, these spots are permanent and will not fade overtime.
Sun Spot Treatments
Our dermatology office in Los Angeles offers a range of age spot treatments including lasers, peels, and home therapy treatments. Each sun spot treatment depends on the patient, their skin type (fair, olive, dark-skinned), and the severity of their condition. Treatments are considered cosmetic and may include the following:
Sun spot treatment can often be resolved with laser treatments such as the Alexandrite and Intense Pulse Light (IPL). Each treatment is noninvasive and all can safely and effectively remove discoloration. A typical treatment program includes two to four sessions performed at four week intervals.
Peels can improve the look of your skin as they are applied to the skin, allowing the top layers to dry up and peel off, creating new skin and reducing the appearance of brown spots on your face. Depending on your age spots, Dr. Brian Mekelburg offers glycolic acid peels and TCA chemical peels; both working to remove the layer of sun damaged skin.
Liquid nitrogen may be applied to an individual sunspot. It freezes the surface cells, essentially, causing a controlled frostbite. Surface pigmented cells are destroyed, allowing them to dry up and peel off.
Dr. Brian Mekelburg offers several custom-formulated, prescription-strength bleaching creams depending on the patient’s needs to help minimize the appearance of brown spots. Our creams have proven results by thousands of satisfied patients from the Los Angeles area.
To protect your skin from the harmful rays of the sun, especially if you’ve just had a treatment for your sunspots, Dr. Brian Mekelburg advises the use of a broad-spectrum sunscreen on a daily basis. He can provide you with a list of recommended products, and also carries an exclusive line of sunscreens for all skin types and lifestyles. They’ll do the job, yet blend beautifully with your skin. Best of all, they’re hypoallergenic, not sticky, and won’t aggravate acne or sting your eyes.