How Are Sun Spots Removed?

Are you unhappy with your sunspots, but not sure how they can be removed?  Sunspots can be unattractive and make you look a bit older, but the good news is there are several treatments now available that can remove sunspots, so you don’t have to be stuck with them.  

What are sunspots?

Sunspots are small, dark spots that develop on the skin usually in those areas of the body that are regularly exposed to the sun.  They look a lot like freckles but are usually larger in size. Sunspots are most often seen on the face, legs, chest, and back of the hands.

How sunspots develop

Sunspots develop as a consequence of exposure to the UV rays of the sun.  The sun works on the melanin which is the pigment that gives the skin its color.  Sunspots form as a consequence of the body’s attempt to protect itself, as the body produces melanin in response to the sun’s UV rays.  Whenever the skin is exposed to a lot of UV rays melanin is produced in high concentrations, and so the area becomes darker and sunspots form. 

How are sunspots removed?

There are several treatments available to remove sunspots including photorejuvenation using broadband light. 

Broadband light (BBL) is an advanced light-based technology that treats skin conditions linked to sun damage and aging.  BBL can remove bothersome sunspots and restore the natural beauty of your skin.

How BBL works

The broadband light penetrates down to the dermal layer where the cells containing the excess melanin can be found.   The cells absorb the broadband light and eventually end up being destroyed.   The light also boosts the production of collagen, and this restores the natural tone of the skin over time.

Forever Young BBL

Forever Young BBL by Sciton is one of the most innovative broadband light systems on the market.  It is a revolutionary treatment that prompts molecular changes deep within the skin and renews damaged genes so that their gene expressions are similar to genes that are young and healthy.

Forever Young BBL is a quick treatment because it has a high repetition rate that allows it to treat large areas in a single session.  There is no need for a topical anesthetic with Forever Young BBL, and the eyes are shielded with safety glasses or shields. 

Treatment time ranges from 15-30 minutes depending on the size of the area being treated.   The number of treatments needed will vary for each patient, based on their aesthetic goals.

Since Forever Young BBL is a completely non-invasive treatment there is virtually no downtime. However, there may be some redness after the procedure that may take a few hours to resolve.  Dark spots may get darker after treatment, but the area will eventually flake and fade as time passes.

Sun exposure should be limited after treatment with Forever Young BBL, as the skin will be particularly sensitive until it heals fully.  Consequently, a broad-spectrum sunscreen should be used to protect the skin when going outdoors.

Is Forever Young BBL safe for all skin types?

Forever Young BBL is highly customizable and can be used to treat many different skin types. The device is equipped with interchangeable smart filters so that providers can change the color of light being used during treatment, facilitating safe treatment of various skin types.

Is Forever Young BBL painful?

Forever Young BBL is not painful, but patients may feel a warm sensation as the light is absorbed in specific areas. 

Who is the ideal candidate for Forever Young BBL?

Forever Young BBL is suitable for almost everyone needing to correct skin concerns such as sunspots and age spots, as it can be used on both light and dark skin.  The provider will customize a treatment plan based on the specific goals and skin concerns of the patient.

If you’d like to remove sunspots, be sure to visit an experienced skincare specialist to review your treatment options.

If you are in the Westlake Village & Camarillo, CA areas, Best Self Medical Arts is our featured practice. 

You can reach them at www.bestselfmedicalarts.com, or by calling (818) 318-1200.

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