Florida Skin Center, in the Fort Myers, Cape Coral, and Lehigh Acres areas, provides solutions for brown spots that develop on the skin. Our team effectively addresses hyperpigmentation, liver spots, and melasma.
How Do Brown Spots and Age Spots Form?
Brown spots are a result of pigmentation that stems from melanin. This pigmentation determines one’s hair and eye color as well. Too much melanin in one area of the skin can result in brown patches.
Types of hyperpigmentation:
- Melasma or Chloasma: blotchy spots of brown on the temples, forehead, or cheeks that is triggered by hormonal changes or genetic predisposition. Birth control pills may cause melasma.
- Age spots/liver spots – small patches of darker skin on older adults who have had excessive sun exposure over many years. Typically, on the face and hands.
- Post-inflammation hyperpigmentation – these spots are a result of skin inflammation and diseases including shingles or acne.
What are Your Treatment Options for Brown Spots?
V-Beam Laser treatment
We also use the V-Beam laser to treat Brown spots. The V-beam laser targets the melanin in the brown spot without damaging surrounding skin, making this one of the safest and most effective ways to eradicate sun spots and discolored brown patches. Spots will likely become darker and may possibly bruise during the healing process. We recommend 1-2 treatments in most cases.
Skin rejuvenation program
The Skin Rejuvenation Program uses Lytera, a skin lightening agent, and Retinol Complex .5%. Lytera brightens dull skin and minimizes the appearance of skin discoloration and dark spots without hydroquinone. Retinol Complex .5% smooths the skin texture through exfoliation and skin regeneration.
These products are used at home and are the first step to achieving clear, healthy skin. The exfoliation from a skin rejuvenation program will not penetrate as deeply as a chemical peel or laser treatment.
The results may take slightly longer if this treatment is used alone. However, used alone or as a pre-treatment plan with another procedure, the skin rejuvenation program will give you beautiful skin, and a healthy skin care regimen to ensure your results will last a lifetime.
Some pigmentation problems are more serious, and therefore, must be treated with a chemical peel. This is a safe and effective form of treatment for most pigmentation problems. Generally, without anesthesia, a chemical solution is applied to the face. This application will lead to the removal of the surface layer of damaged skin. Following this treatment, dead skin peels away, allowing healthy and clear skin to surface.
During your consultation, one of our providers will be able to determine the best course of treatment for your pigmentation problems.
How Do You Maintain Your Results?
With any treatment of pigmentation problems, sun exposure must be avoided. Age spots and brown patches on the skin have been directly linked to sun exposure. To maintain result from a treatment and to prevent any further pigmentation damage from occurring, use a sunscreen with a SPF of 30 or higher. Also, maintenance treatments with creams and peels may be necessary.
If you’re dealing with brown spots, melasma, or hyperpigmentation and are living in Fort Myers or a nearby area, contact us to schedule a consultation with one of our board-certified dermatologists.