Can Sun Spots and Age Spots Be Removed?

The face and hands are common areas for pigmented spots.

What are Sun Spots and Age Spots?  Your skin is exposed to sunlight, it produces melanin as a protection against harmful UV rays. Over time, the pigment accumulates in the form of sun spots or age spots, giving your skin a darkened, spotty, aged appearance.   Don't despair though because Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) treatments quickly break up the pigmentation into small fragments that your body can absorb. The result is lighter, brighter, and more even-toned skin.

How Does It Work?  IPL treatments are quick sessions in which our IPL device flashes your skin with a bright light that is absorbed by the pigment.   Over the course of about 3 sessions the spots disappear and you'll gain a brighter, more youthful looking appearance.

Is There Downtime?  There is no downtime from IPL sessions except for a little skin flushing for an hour or two.  These treatments are especially popular in Florida due to our intense sun for most of the year. 

Does it Hurt?   9 out of 10 people say that IPL treatments don't hurt, but that may be because of our device.  Our IPL device has a special cooling tip which offsets any heat you skin might feel.  The result is a very comfortable and pleasant experience.

What Preparations Do I Need to Do?  There is only 1 preparation that is really important.  Since the IPL device targets skin pigment, it will not only treat sun spots and age spots, but will also target sun tans.  Therefore, the lighter your skin the better.  Avoid sunlight as much as possible beforehand and use sun block to minimize this effect.

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Author
Greg Damery MD Dr. Damery is the owner of Impressions MedSpa in Sarasota, Fl. where he is passionate about providing state-of-the-art treatments for improving one’s self-confidence by combating the effects of Father Time. You’ll find him there almost every day working his magic.

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