Does Laser Treatment on Facial Age Spots Leave Scars?

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When properly done laser should not leave scars

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When performed by a properly trained professional and with appropriate settings, laser treatment should not leave scars


Toronto Dermatologist
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Does Laser Treatment on Facial Age Spots Leave Scars?

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Thank you for your question. Laser treatments usually will not leave scars in the right hands and in the right settings. There may be increased risk if you have a history of keloid scarring, uncontrolled diabetes, etc. I would recommend being treated under the supervision of a Board Certified Dermatologist for safest and best treatment options. I hope this helps.

Sonia Badreshia-Bansal, MD
Bay Area Dermatologist
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Laser Treatment Should Not Leave Scars

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When performed by an experienced, board-certified dermatologist, laser treatment for age spots should effectively minimize the appearance of age spots and leave no scars. Be sure to seek treatment from a laser expert to ensure the best result.

Mitchel P. Goldman, MD
San Diego Dermatologic Surgeon
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Laser Treatment for Facial/Age spots and scars

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The idea of having the Facial age spots treated is to remove the dark spots and return the skin to the condition before the sun damage.  PLEASE seek out a board certified dermatologist to treat the sun spots who has years of experience with lasers and cosmetic dermatology.  This is an art and a science and you need to find someone who knows both.  I love the Fraxel Dual laser for the pigmentation that you are describing.  It is an elegant treatment with little down time.  Please let me know how your treatment goes.

Michele S. Green, MD
New York Dermatologist
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Laser removal of age spots should not leave scars.

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Laser removal of age spots should be safe and effective if done by a well trained healthcare professional. A series of treatments may be needed.

George T. Boris, MD, FRCS, FACS
Los Angeles Facial Plastic Surgeon
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No scars with laser treatment - under the right conditions

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Age spots respond well to laser treatment.

You need the right physician, the right diagnosis, the right laser, and the right patient. Even the time of year can play a role.

Having said that, it would be extremely rare to see any sighn of scar.

Christopher J. Peers, MD
South Bend Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Laser Treatment on Facial Age Spots

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When performed by an experienced and expert physician on an appropriate patient, laser treatments for age spots should not leave scars.

Kris M. Reddy, MD, FACS
West Palm Beach Plastic Surgeon
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Scars After Laser Treatment For Age Spots

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While laser treatment is ideal for addressing age spots, there is the potential for scarring to occur.


Laser energy is readily absorbed by melanin in the skin.

So it is important for your physician to choose a laser system that uses a wavelength that will be absorbed by the age spots without affecting the melanin in the surrounding areas.

The risk of overheating and subsequent scarring can potentially occur in patients with darker skin tones.


Fraxel Dual uses the 1550nm and 1927nm wavelengths which are not easily absorbed by melanin outside the treatment area. It is safe for patients of all skin colors.


As with any procedure, however, successful outcomes really depend on the skill and experience of the physician.

Sanusi Umar, MD
Redondo Beach Dermatologic Surgeon
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Laser Treatment for Facial Age Spots

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As mentioned by another physician, laser treatment of facial age spots should not leave permanent scars if done properly with the correct laser and correct settings by a board-certified dermatologist or facial plastic surgeon.  There are several different lasers that can improve facial age spots, the choice of which typically depends on the problem and/or areas being targeted, the skin type of the individual and the amount of downtime an individual is willing or able to tolerate. Chemical peeling can also greatly improve facial age spots and is an excellent modality.  Good luck!

Channing R. Barnett, MD
New York Dermatologist
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Age Spots

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I like IPL for the removal of the melanin in age spots and this does not leave permanent scarring. You should be aware that it is important to be seen by a trained doctor to make sure none on the lesions are suspicious. IPL will need to be repeated every 6 months to a year. The benefit of seeing a plastic surgeon for this is that if the lesions need to be removed, we are very good at hiding and minimizing scars.

Jacob Freiman, MD, FACS
Miami Beach Plastic Surgeon
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