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.

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
4.8 out of 5 stars 37 reviews

Sunspots on face

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
Aventura Dermatologist
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Sunspots on face

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, FACS
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 221 reviews




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 (in memoriam)
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
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Sun spot Treatments

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
4.9 out of 5 stars 55 reviews

Treatments for Sunspots

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

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
4.7 out of 5 stars 30 reviews

Best Treatment for Sunspots on the Face

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
4.6 out of 5 stars 11 reviews

Treating sun spots

There are various ways to treat sunspots on the face, depending on whether they are raised or flat. Your dermatologist can decide with you the best option as far as discomfort, downtime, and budget. Liquid nitrogen cryotherapy can be quite helpful, as can IPL or BBL laser-type devices. Creams tend to be very slow and much less effective, but are still an option. Ofcourse preventing new spots with good sun protection is a must.

Benjamin Barankin, MD
Toronto Dermatologic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 44 reviews

How to Treat Sun Spots on the Face?

Hello Liudmila.  The gold standard for treating sun spots on the face is a q-switched Nd:Yg laser.  While other practitioners may offer you solutions that include Fraxel, CO2 or hydroquinone bleaching cream, the difference is that q-switched lasers are a comprehensive and permanent solution to the spots you see.  Hydroquinone can only mask the problem and both the Fraxel and traditional CO2 lasers are better suited for rejuvenation (wrinkles) than they are pigmentation.

Find an experienced laser practitioner near you and you will be happy you did.  Good luck.

Harold J. Kaplan, MD
Los Angeles Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 8 reviews

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