My face, neck, lower arms, and lower legs look either heavily tanned, sun damaged, or hyperpigmentated due to too much sun exposure (spending alot hours in the sun with no sunscreen). These affected areas of the skin feel dry and at times feels plastic like. Naturally my skin tone is of light/olive skin tone, but these skin areas are heavily dark brown colored. This feels/looks way too tanned, uncomfortable, and unhealthy. What laser can be done to correct it and what would be the cost range?
What Laser Can Be Used for These Affected Areas of Skin?
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Photofacial Intense Pulsed LIght
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SmartSkin would be a good choice
Microablative Fractionated CO2 laser is the treatment of choice for your skin condition. The laser will need to be adjusted if your skin is thin or atrophic. Some patients need to be pre-treated to prevent PIH.
Body sun damage and laser resurfacing
Fractional resurfacing is the way to go for your body other than your face. It can help those areas. I would be careful doing too many areas though.
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