What are brown spots?
Brown spots (solar lengtigos), also called freckles, age spots or liver spots, often appear on sun-exposed areas such as the face or back of hands, after years of chronic exposure to sunlight.
How do brown spots form?
Although they have nothing to do with age, they usually do increase in size and number as you become older, due to cumulative years of sun exposure. Brown spots can appear anywhere on the body, but are predominantly found on areas of the body that have been repeatedly exposed to the sun.
How do we treat brown spots?
There are several non-surgical options to effectively remove brown spots from various parts of the body:
- Chemical peel: A non-invasive procedure using Trichloroacetic Acid to improve discoloration by peeling off brown spots.
- Fraxel Laser & Ruby Laser: Both are non-invasive procedures which use different frequencies of light beams to remove, lighten and improve the appearance of brown spots. Some spots will disappear with one treatment while others may lighten over a course of several treatments.
- Cryosurgery: Liquid nitrogen may be used to freeze off individual brown spots. Treated spots will become crusty and fall off in about one week.
- Electrodesiccaton: After anesthetizing the skin with topical numbing cream, an electric needle lightly touches the brown spots, destroying them superficially. Treated spots are slightly crusty and heal in about one week.
What can I expect?
Your practitioner will consult with you on the best course of treatment to improve the appearance of any undesirable brown spots. A combination of approaches may be used to target different spots. Reduction and lightening of brown spots will become more noticeable with each treatment.
Have a question about your treatment?
We have a dedicated triage nurse (RN) who answers patient questions during office hours. If you have a problem or question about a procedure or a prescribed medication, please call our office and ask to speak to our nurse. If she is unable to answer your question, she will consult with your practitioner and return your call.