Brown spots appear as a result of aging and sun damage. While these factors are some of the main contributors to hyperpigmentation, dark spots can appear as a result of hormonal changes (such as melasma), acne and genetics. Brown spots and sun damage are more likely to appear on the face, neck, cheeks, and shoulders.
Types of Hyperpigmentation
Brown spots occur when your body is no longer able to regulate melanin. When your skin is overexposed to the sun, it attempts to create melanin, resulting in overproduction. Hormones can also lead to an excess of melanin with pigmentation deposits or melasma, also known as “the mask of pregnancy.” Types of hyperpigmentation include:
- Age spots
- Liver spots
- Sun spots
- Post-inflammatory marks (as from acne scars)
Effective treatment for brown spots and sun damage in Kirkland, WA
One of the most popular and effective treatments for brown spots and hyperpigmentation is the IPL photofacial. IPL photofacials work by emitting specific light wavelengths into the skin. These wavelengths are designed to target particular pigments and pigment-producing cells. This energy destroys hyperactive pigment-producing cells causing them to eventually flake off revealing beautiful, youthful, evenly-toned skin.
What conditions can an IPL photofacial treat?
IPL photofacials are excellent for the treatment of:
Am I a good candidate for an IPL photofacial?
During your consultation, we will thoroughly evaluate your skin condition. Your skin is as unique as you are, and your treatment plan should successfully treat your individual concerns. A good candidate for IPL has lighter, untanned skin with areas of hyperpigmentation.
If you have a darker complexion and IPL is not the right treatment for you, our skilled medical providers will be able to determine the best alternative treatment – we treat all skin types and colors with great success.