Fade Brown Face Spots

Is there anyway to fade small brown spots on your face?

Doctor Answers 3

Brown spots on face

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First, I recommend that you have these spots properly evaluated prior to treatment.  Treatment options include bleaching creams, lasers, and peels.  

Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
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How to Fade Brown Spots on Face?

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Hi Marmee.  The answer to your question depends on the type of brown spot you have.  While we hope it's the sun related kind - solar lentigines - you should start by getting a diagnosis first before considering treatment options.  

If you brown spots are sun related then there are two options commonly used - hydroquinone bleaching creams and laser treatments.  We use hydroquinone but not for sun spots because it is a temporary solution to the problem.  We favor q-switched laser treatments because they offer permanent resolution to the pigment without the risk of scarring from liquid nitrogen freezing, which is another option.

Harold J. Kaplan, MD
Los Angeles Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Fade brown spots on face

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There are many ways to treat brown spots on the face. However, "all brown spots are not created equal" and some do not respond to some treatments while others do. For instance, bleaching cream may work for brown spots that are flat, non palpable and the pigment is superficial, it wont work for palpable or elevated brown spots. In some scenarios, lasers or peels are indicated in others they would cause harm. Unfortunately, the best place to start is ask your dermatologist.

Steven Hacker, MD
West Palm Beach Dermatologic Surgeon

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