Sun spots, age spots, liver spots – whatever you call them, they’re those unattractive brown spots that appear on your face, chest arms, hands and just about everywhere your skin has been exposed to the sun. Pigmentation affects so many people and often is one of the first signs of aging. That’s why so many people are interested in removing unwanted pigment and why Goodman Dermatology in Roswell, GA offers one of the best laser treatment options available in the Atlanta area.
There are topical products on the market designed to treat hyperpigmention and many offer effective treatment. However, topical products typically require several months of application before the patient sees any progress. With laser treatment for hyperpigmentation, patients should see results in about 7 days.
How Laser Works on Pigmented Areas
Removing pigment with the use of laser works by selective photothermolysis, a light-based treatment that targets different chromophores in the skin. Chromophores selectively absorb the laser or light energy as heat and yields the desired response.
These optimal wavelengths of light clear pigmented lesions by targeting melanin. Melanin is the pigment that causes brown spots and skin discoloration. After the first laser treatment the skin will turn darker and pigmented areas will be more pronounced. Then the top layers will peel, much like sunburn peeling, and the more even toned skin beneath will take its place. The peel is gentle, but you’ll be cautioned to avoid the sun as new skin is always more susceptible to sunburn.
What Areas of the Body Can Be Treated for Hyperpigmentation?
The laser used at Goodman Dermatology can be used on many areas of the body. Discoloration is not limited to the face, and many patients also have discoloration on the chest, neck and arms that they find displeasing.
Are the Results Permanent?
If you are perpetually in the sun with little to no sun protection, then any pigmentation treatment may be minimally effective or only effective short term. Sun protection is crucial. UV rays from sun exposure, even exposure inside from being near windows or in a car, will reignite melanin production. Adhering to a daily program of sunscreen and minimal sun exposure will prolong the effects of any treatment, whether topical or laser.
If you have been bothered by skin discolorations on your face and other areas of your body, you should schedule an appointment with one of the physicians at Goodman Dermatology to see if laser treatment is a good option to rid your body of dark spots. They will evaluate your skin to determine skin type and also factor in your lifestyle.
Goodman Dermatology is conveniently located in Roswell GA and serves patients from all over north Georgia including Alpharetta, Cumming, Johns Creek, Marietta, Sandy Springs, Dunwoody, and Norcross.