What Kind of Treatments Exist for Sunspot in the Face?

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Sun spots on the face do well with a few simple treatments.

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Sun spots on the face are easy to treat with either lasers, freezing or electrofulguration(burning them off).  It can be quick and not that expensive to do.  They do come back if you get alot of sun exposure but hopefully they will stay away for a few yrs.  Sincerely,

David Hansen,MD


Beverly Hills Dermatologic Surgeon
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Sun Damaged Skin

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Sun damaged skin can be treated by a variety of options.  Some of the options include prescription and nonprescription topicals, chemical peels, microdermabrasion and laser treatments.

Craig Mezrow, MS, MD
Philadelphia Plastic Surgeon
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Treatment for Sunspots on Face

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Thank you for your question. Sun spots can be treated by a topical prescription meds, laser treatments such an IPL, or a chemical peel. I would recommend being treated under the supervision of a Board Certified Dermatologist for safest and best treatment option. I hope this helps.

Sonia Badreshia-Bansal, MD
Bay Area Dermatologist
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Sunspots on face

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First, it is important to be evaulated by a board certified dermatologist to look at the spots and see if they are benign or should be biopsied. Many treatment options are available for benign sunspots. Lightening creams containing hydroquinone, azaleic acid, lignin peroxidase, licorice, etc., may be helpful. Often times vitamin A creams can help lighten spots. Peels containing salicylic can be performed by a dermatologist. Lasers such as IPL or fraxel may be useful, as well. Most importantly, daily sunscreen use is crucial to prevent more spots from occurring. 

Donna Bilu Martin, MD
Miami Beach Dermatologist

Sunspots on face

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It is difficult to really determine what treatment you would be a good candidate for without seeing you first.  I recommend that you see a board certified facial plastic surgeon or dermatologist prior to doing any treatment. 

Sam Naficy, MD
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Hello

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Sun spots can be removed by a VI peel or Laser resurfacing. Depending how deep they are. Without an exam it’s hard to be more exact you should be seen by a PS to give you your options.

 

Stuart B. Kincaid, MD, FACS
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
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Sun spot Treatments

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We find that the Obagi system works well for patients who can tolerate it.  It takes some commitment on your part following instructions and staying with the program.  Also, see a good Board Certified Dermatologist as they specialize in skin, and lasers for best results.  Plastic Surgeons and Dermatologist work well together when taking care of patient concerns.  Best to luck with this.

Robert E. Zaworski, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
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Treatments for Sunspots

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Laser, ipl, and medical grade skin care such as obagi can all be options to addressing sun spots.  Consult with an expert and experienced physician who will be able to tailor a treatment program specifically for you.

Kris M. Reddy, MD, FACS
West Palm Beach Plastic Surgeon
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Treatments for Sunspots on the Face

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Sunspots, which are also known as age spots can be treated topically with hydroquinone up to 4%.

The hydroquinone will block an enzyme that is needed to make melanin (the pigment you see in sun spots).

The disruption in the process causes the structures in the skin which contain the melanin to break down.

And this results in a fading of the age spots.

However the FDA has imposed a limit of 3  months regarding the continuous use of hydroquinone. Past this point, it can be toxic.


Laser treatments offer a safer, faster and more effective alternative. If there are a small number of age spots they can be treated with Q-Switched Nd Yag lasers. Larger areas will require a system like Fraxel Dual.


Laser energy will break up the pigment and the specialized cells containing them. And your body removes the remains through the blood and lymphatic system.
 

Sanusi Umar, MD
Redondo Beach Dermatologic Surgeon
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Best Treatment for Sunspots on the Face

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One of the most effective (and least expensive) ways to reverse sunspots due to the effects of chronic sun damage to your skin is by using a combination of two prescription strength medications: 4% hydroquinone and tretinoin cream. Prescription strength 4% hydroquinone is better than any OTC product for lightening dark spots in the skin. These dark spots are typically due to chronic sun damage so daily use of sunscreens is essential in your treatment. Combining prescription-only tretinoin cream with hydroquinone will make it even more effective. I recommend the Obagi Nu-Derm System which uses both tretinoin cream and hydroquinone to visibly lighten age spots as well as the fine lines and wrinkles that are due to chronic sun exposure.

Mitchell Schwartz, MD
South Burlington Dermatologic Surgeon
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