Laser Brown Spot Removal
IPL Photofacial or Laser Skin Resurfacing?
Has fun in the sun left a roadmap of dark spots or brown marks on your skin? Whether we’re talking sun spots, redness, age spots, liver spots or freckles, many forms of hyperpigmentation have something in common: they’re the price we pay for too much sun worship. Fortunately, there are highly effective treatments to get rid of excess pigmentation and restore a more even skin tone. Here’s our comprehensive guide to Photofacial IPL / Laser Brown Spot Removal:
What Causes Dark Marks or Brown Spots?
Melanin in the skin is responsible for protecting us against the sun’s damaging rays. In essence, excess exposure to ultraviolet radiation causes melanocytes to proliferate within the skin cells. This process results in a suntan.
Brown spots and other forms of hyperpigmentation are like a suntan only at deeper layers of the skin. As a result, dark marks won’t peel off like a suntan. Additionally, all forms of hyperpigmentation tend to appear visibly on the surface of the skin long after the actual sun damage has occurred under the skin.
How Does Photofacial IPL / Laser Dark Spot Removal Work?
In order to get rid of brown spots, the excess melanin needs to be targeted at deeper levels of the skin. When light is directed at the surface of the skin, the heat of its energy will be absorbed by the melanin in the spots that’s below the skin. As a result, the melanin will break apart. Then, the body will absorb the melanin and the brown spots will fade and, eventually, disappear.
IPL vs Laser Brown Spot Removal: What the Difference between IPL and Laser?
Both IPL Photofacials and Laser Skin Resurfacing take advantage of the healing wavelengths in light. The difference is in the range of the wavelengths that each employs:
Intense Pulsed Light or IPL Photofacial:
Although not a true laser, IPL is often classified as such. An IPL Photofacial (Photorejuvenation Facial) uses broad spectrum light at multiple layers of the skin. It’s a more diffuse treatment than a laser, making it both more gentle and better at treating larger areas of concern on the skin.
A focused, single beam of light can target a particular area of skin at a deeper level. As a result, lasers are best for more quickly and effectively treating a small area of concern on the skin. Because of its concentrated nature, Lasers for skin resurfacing can come with more recovery time than IPL Photofacial.
What Areas of the Body Can IPL / Laser for Skin Pigmentation Work?
Laser treatment for brown spots is most common on the areas of the body that receive the most sun, including the:
- Chest / decollete area
Is Dark Spot Removal with Laser Permanent?
Following a course of treatment, both IPL and laser for dark marks will usually work permanently. It’s important to note that new spots may occur on previously sun-damaged skin, as a result of the natural aging process. Additionally, new spots can occur with continued exposure to the sun. Further, skin lesions not caused by sun damage will likely return following treatment.
How Many IPL / Laser Treatments for Brown Spots are Needed?
We typically recommend one to three laser treatments or five to six IPL Photofacial treatments to remove sun spots, age spots, freckles and other types of hyperpigmentation. However, because each person’s skin conern is unique, It’s best to meet with an expert in beauty at Smooth Synergy to create an individualized treatment plan that’s right for you.
Where to Get IPL / Laser Dark Spot Removal Near Me? Where to Get Hyperpigmentation Treatment in NYC?
Smooth Synergy Medical Spa in NYC offers a comprehensive menu of noninvasive skincare treatments to combat all forms of hyperpigmentation. Whether it’s IPL Photorejuvenation, Alexandrite Laser, Micorneedling, a chemical peel or microdermabrasion, contact us at 212-397-011 to speak with an expert in beauty. She’s here to help you decide which treatment is right to resolve your particular skincare concern.