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Everything You Need To Know About Brown Spots

Brown spots are common in areas that have been over-exposed by the sun, most common areas include: shoulders, face, hands, and arms. Sometimes they may look cancerous, but brown spots are generally non-cancerous. If you are worried about getting brown spots, the best thing to do is to keep your skin out of the sun, especially if you are over 50 years old, and try to avoid the sun between 10am – 2pm. If you do have to go in the sun, make sure to put on sunscreen or cover your skin.

Symptoms of Brown Spots

If you’re unsure whether or not you have brown spots (also known as age spots), then here are a few ways to verify if they are, in fact, age spots and not another skin disorder:

  • They are usually tanner than your skin, could be brown or black as well.
  • They are not raised and flat on the skin.
  • Usually on parts of your skin that has had the most exposure to the sun

Diagnosis of Brown Spots

There are two main ways to diagnose brown spots. The first (and recommended) way to get an accurate diagnosis is by having your doctor do visual inspection of your skin. The second would be to have your doctor perform a skin biopsy (which is when a small sample is collected and sent to a lab for testing) just to make sure it is not skin cancer. A biopsy would require a local anesthetic at your doctor’s office.

Getting Rid of Brown Spots

The Cutera Excel V Laser is a great, non-invasive way to get rid of unwanted brown spots. Not only is it safe and effective, but also doesn’t require going under any anesthetic. The brown spots in question would just require a few in-office treatments lasting about 5-10 minutes each. Since you are not going under any anesthetic, there is no down time so you can get back to your day.

How Does The Cutera Excel V Laser Work?

Our laser treats 20 different types of dark spots and it would focus directly on the areas that are affected and help the skin and blood vessels get reabsorbed into the body. No two skin issues are the same, so we will do a thorough examination to make sure that we know exactly what we are trying to fix and what caused your discoloration. Within just a couple treatment cycles, your age spots, sun spots, and most discoloration will be gone. Most people experience little to no side effects, the most common effect being inflamed skin that will disappear within an hour or two of treatment.  

Ready to rid your complexion of brown spots and age spots? Contact Laser Aesthetic in Methuen MA today for laser skin treatment services.