Also known as «solar lentigo», brown spots occur on the face, décolleté or hands as a result of U.V. sun rays. They can show up before the age of 30 and will likely increase with time.
Did you know that brown spots are caused by a surplus of melanin in the skin?
Unlike solar lentigo, “senile” lentigo, as its name suggests, comes with aging. As we age, the melanin in our skin shifts – a phenomenon that causes pigmented spots.
While they are benign most of the time, these pigmented spots can sometimes become precancerous or cancerous. A proper diagnosis is therefore recommended before initiating any kind of treatment. At the Institut du laser cutané de l’Outaouais, diagnosis is done by a dermatologist.
Many types of lesions or brown spots can be removed with the help of laser technology.
If some spots respond best to ablative laser procedures such as C02, Erbium or plasma, others can be treated using non-ablative or semi-ablative procedures including Yag Q-Switched IPL (Intense Pulse Light) laser technologies.
Regardless of the type of treatment, you will need to stay out of the sun for a while. Exposure to sunlight can speed up the recurrence of spots or cause hyper pigmentation. Luckily, hyper pigmentation can be avoided with the help of an experienced dermatologist. Remember to always use products with 30 SPF or higher.
Dr. Jacques Charbonneau and his team propose these solutions to look young…and spotless.
The Thulium laser is a very precise Fraxel technology that treats the dermis, the superficial layer of the skin where most but not all brown spots appear. It is important to get a diagnosis from a skin specialist, a dermatologist.
Thulium is a cosmetic dermatologist’s best friend. It is one of Dr. Charbonneau’s preferred lasers because it erases or reduces benign brown spots and Actinic keratoses (pre-cancerous lesions on the skin) and can even make them disappear. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recognized it since 2010.
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The Yag Q-Switched laser is the preferred technique for skin pigmentation treatment. It was designed precisely to deal with brown, black or dark blue spots. Developed thirty years ago, it is used to erase tattoos and brown lesions located on the first or second layer of the skin.