Dermatologists call them pigmented lesions, but you know these skin-tone flaws as sun spots. Usually brown in color, they are caused by cumulative exposure to sun, resulting in damaged skin. New York dermatologist, Dr. Ariel Ostad, offers effective laser treatments to lighten spots and even out skin tone.
A laser is a device that focuses a beam of light in a specific wavelength. Light in the green portion of the spectrum is most effective in treating pigmented lesions. This is an outpatient procedure that takes only about a half hour. Patient comfort is ensured with a cooling spray. Expect skin to become darker right after treatment. Then the lesion crusts over and sheds. Skin is noticeably clearer within two weeks. Possible side effects include minor redness and loss of hair in the treated area.
Any benign spot on the face or hands created by a concentration of melanin, can be treated.
Most commonly, this includes:
Dr. Ostad customizes a treatment plan for optimal results. Your strategy could include just a few sessions for sun spots, or up to a dozen to fade a birthmark, at one-month intervals. Once a sun spot is completely removed, it won’t come back. However, sun exposure will continue to cause new spots to develop, so high quality sunscreen should be worn daily.
When treating pigmented spots with laser therapy, it is vitally important to ensure that the lesion is benign. As a Board-certified dermatologist and dermatologic surgeon, Dr. Ostad has vast background and experience in medical diagnosis.
Learn more about laser treatments for sun damaged skin with a consultation at Dr. Ostad’s New York office. Call (212) 517-7900 to schedule.