Sun Spots Specialist

Focus Derm Institute

Medical Spa located in Alhambra, CA

Have you noticed an increase in those little brown spots on your face and hands? If these sun spots make you feel unsatisfied with your appearance, Focus Derm Institute has the solution. At the Alhambra, California, practice, the experienced medical providers offer versatile PicoSure® laser treatments to reverse the signs of sun damage and leave you with evenly toned, younger-looking skin. Schedule a consultation online or by phone to find out if laser treatments are right for you.

Sun Spots Q & A

Focus Derm Institute

What causes sun spots?

Sun spots, also known as age spots, are flat spots of discolored skin. Usually brown, black, or gray, sun spots develop from overexposure to the sun’s ultraviolet light. Your body produces excess melanin, or color, in response to the sun damage, appearing as darkened spots on various parts of your body most often exposed to the sun, including your:

  • Face
  • Hands
  • Forearms
  • Shoulders
  • Upper back

Sun spots are usually harmless and a common sign of aging. Any spots that appear irregularly shaped or grow larger in size should be checked by a qualified medical provider to rule out skin cancer or other skin condition.

Who is at risk for developing sun spots?

Anyone can develop sun spots, but there are certain characteristics that put you at increased risk for developing these skin imperfections.

As you age, sun spots can darken and become more visible. If you’re over 40, you may notice an increase in the amount of sun spots appearing on your skin. If you have fair skin, you may be more prone to developing this type of discoloration at an earlier age.

If you spend a lot of time in the sun, especially without proper protection, you may be at a higher risk of developing spots. Tanning beds can also cause skin damage that results in sun spots.

How are sun spots treated?

Your Focus Derm Institute provider analyzes your skin to determine if it’s healthy enough for the PicoSure laser treatment. PicoSure technology uses waves of light energy to break up the melanin on your skin, permanently erasing sun spots.

Once the laser disrupts the cells, your body metabolizes the dead cells and naturally eliminates them as waste. Within a few weeks of treatment, sun spots fade dramatically. Your body also continues to produce new collagen and elastin, leaving you with well-toned, smoother, younger-looking skin.

How long does laser treatment recovery take?

PicoSure treatments are fast. It only takes a few minutes to treat sun spots. You can expect to return to your normal activities immediately following treatment.

Laser treatments are an effective way to dramatically reduce sun spots without any downtime or surgical risks. You may experience slight swelling and redness in the treatment area that resolves on its own within a day or two.

You should use extra precautions to avoid sun exposure for several weeks after treatment. Using a high-quality sunscreen and moisturizer daily also helps protect your skin as it heals.

*Individual results may vary.