Sun spots develop because of damage to your skin that accumulates over time as you are exposed to the sun’s ultraviolet rays. Because these spots are darker than your natural skin tone, they may be mistaken for freckles. Sun spots are most common on areas that are exposed to the sun frequently, such as your arms. They tend to get worse as you age.
Cataract & Vision Center of Hawaii uses the PicoSure laser to treat sun spots. The PicoSure laser works by harnessing the skin’s own ability to heal itself. When cells are injured, they release proteins, which triggers a healing response.
During PicoSure laser treatment, your practitioner uses the PicoSure system to send short pulses of laser energy into your skin. This energy targets the particles responsible for creating age spots, causing them to break apart. Your body’s lymphatic system absorbs these particles and the age spots disappear.
The PicoSure laser is designed to minimize the amount of heat transferred to your skin during treatment. This means less tissue damage and less discomfort that other laser treatments.
The PicoSure laser causes very few side effects. You may notice some redness, but most patients will recover from this side effect within a few hours. Thus, if you choose to treat your sun spots with PicoSure, you’ll need to schedule little to no downtime.
After undergoing laser treatments for sun spots, it’s best to avoid exposing the treated skin to the sun. If your skin will be exposed to the sun, use sunscreen to protect it from damage.
The number of treatments you’ll need to get rid of sun spots varies based on the size of the spots, your response to treatment, and other factors. Our experts can give you a better idea of how many treatments you may need to achieve your desired results. Treatments for sunspot removal are usually performed two to six weeks apart, depending on the circumstances.
*Individual Results May Vary
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