Micro controlled peeling gently removes epidermal cells to treat a vast range of skin imperfections. It is especially effective for skin aging. Having these treatment in a series and combining with lighetening products like Hydroquinon or a milder form of a skin lightener such as Kojck Acid, Bearberry and peels can certainly give you a better chance of impacting brown spots from sun exposure and other enviormental pigment problems.
Does Microdermabrasion Help with Sun Spots?
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IPL PhotoFacials are the treatments of choice for brown sun spots.
Microdermabrasion will help with discoloration of your skin if it's combined with a chemical peel, and if you begin a skin care regimen. Suitable skin care includes: SPF30, glycolic acid, and possibly tretinoin. I'm not a big fan of hydroquinone.
IPL PhotoFacials are designed to lighten brown spots from sun-damage. You'll need around 4 treatments spaced around 3 weeks apart.
I hope this is helpful for you.
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Microdermabrasion sands off about 10-15 micron depth of skin. The EPIDERMIS, the outer layer of skin is 50 - 60 microns thick. Most sun spots are thicker than 10 microns and would require a deeper peel. In this regard, Microdermabrasion is literally a feel good feel that does not last and will not erase most skin lesions.
Try a Sciton MicroLaser peel and your sunspots will be gone in the vast majority of cases.
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There's More Than One Way To Treat A Sun Spot
Microdermabrasion will help, but it will take months to see what photofacial, chemical peels or results-driven skincare can produce in weeks. When you are receiving microdermabrasion, you are accomplishing a superficial form of exfoliation, but most patients will need a series of treatment to notice significant visible improvement. With other modalities such as photofacial, laser treatments, peels, etc., you can be more aggressive and pro-active in treating sun damage you can see in addition to damage that has not yet surfaced. If you decide to move forward with microdermabrasion, talk to your provider about proper UV protection and topical combination therapy to expedite the process a bit.
Microdermabrasion not the best for sunspots
Microdermabrasion is great for removing the top layer of the epidermis but does not penetrate deep enough to affect the sun damage. I like to use either TCA peels or laser treatments to diminish or eliminate the signs of sun damage. Regardless of the modality it is absolutely imperative that you are consistant with proper sunscreen use to protect your skin and the results long term.
Microdermabrasion for sun spots
Microdermabrasion will not conistently reduce or eliminate sun spots due to their deeper location in thie dermis. Topical creams or lotions containing retin A and/or hydroquinone are more likely to provide a better non-surgical solution
Treating sun spots
Microdermabrasion is useless for sun spots. IPL (intense pulsed light) photorejuvenation is a good way to treat sun spots and broken capillaries from too much sun exposure.
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