For some of us, warmer weather comes with some physical changes. Our hair gets lighter, and we might see more freckling than we do the rest of the year. These changes are very common in people with very fair skin and light hair. Though often harmless, they can be related to a more troubling skin problem known as brown spots (also known as “age spots). These are larger areas of darkening pigmentation that don’t usually fade away when fall and winter set in.
Brown pigmentation in the skin usually occurs when the skin is subjected to sun damage. The skin reacts to the sunlight and produces extra melanin (brown pigment) in an attempt to protect the skin from the rays of the sun. This happens more quickly in fair-skinned people and often occurs unevenly, causing brown spots.
If you’ve been noticing brown spots, they may be affecting your overall skin and facial aesthetics. This, in turn, can affect your confidence and self-esteem. Don’t worry, though. There are many options for resolving these brown spots, with minimal downtime and no surgery. Here are just a few skin treatments that can help restore even skin pigment and a healthy glow!
ZO Skincare Line
If you don’t want to deal with the hassle of going through a professional skin treatment, an option like ZO Skincare can be great for reducing the appearance of minor brown spots. ZO is a medical-grade skincare line that is remarkably effective for treating brown spots and hyperpigmentation. The program is tailored to meet each patient’s specific needs. Furthermore, the products are used under the supervision of an aesthetic nurse or aesthetician. These powerful products can give many patients the results they’re looking for: brighter, healthier skin with more even pigmentation, without more invasive treatment or downtime.
Plasma Skin Resurfacing
Plasma is a new and exciting alternative to laser treatments. It offers many of the same benefits as powerful carbon dioxide treatments, but with a less invasive procedure and more manageable recovery and downtime. Nitrogen plasma spray is used to carefully target the tired, damaged skin on the face. This allows the body’s natural rejuvenating responses to kick in. Collagen production picks up while old and damaged skin is removed. This allows bright, even skin to emerge.
This is a great option for people who are concerned about brown spots but also want to address other signs of aging or tired, dull skin. Patients can decide to undergo three low-energy treatments or a single high-energy treatment. It all depends on the patient’s concerns and their ability to take time off for downtime. Regardless, plasma skin treatments can remove brown spots and pigmented lesions while improving the overall quality and youthfulness of the skin.
Laser treatments have been an old standby for skin rejuvenation. However, they have gone through many evolutions since their early forms. Today, there are many different options for laser skin treatments, depending on what your goals are.
One option that is excellent for skin rejuvenation and pigmentation problems is the PicoSure laser. This laser is great for removing pigmented lesions, and it leaves skin looking fresh and healthy. Only a few days of downtime are needed for this procedure, allowing patients to get back to their normal lives quickly. PicoSure is a good “in-between” option for people struggling with brown spots and minimal signs of aging.
Choosing the Right Surgeon
As with any procedure, your results will depend on the skill, care, and experience of the plastic surgeon you choose. For this reason, it’s important to do your research and only consult with board-certified experts who are known for their results.
Dr. Stuart Bentkover is a renowned expert in the field of skin rejuvenation. He offers many different options for brown spot removal. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Bentkover and learn more about skin rejuvenation, call Bentkover Facial Plastic Surgery and Laser Center in Worcester (508-363-6500), or Stoneham (617-247-0033), MA.