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How to Remove Brown Spots

Dr. Dara Liotta’s blog post about BBL laser treatment for brown spots caused by sun exposure is worth a repost as summer gets underway. If you are a sun worshipper, you may want to investigate this simple procedure that has several anti-aging benefits.

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Wear sunscreen. “Sunspots”, “age spots”, or even worse, “liver spots” are flat, non-raised, brown spots or freckles that develop on the skin after prolonged exposure to direct ultraviolet (or UV) rays. In med-speak, they’re called “solar lentigines”. Contrary to the common-speak, people of all ages are susceptible to these spots, and those with lighter skin tend to develop them more frequently. The most common areas to develop brown spots are those exposed to the sun most often: the face, chest, and hands.

How to Banish Brown Spots

The good news is that there is a fairly simple and relatively painless way to banish these brown spots. Summertime, when most people have their greatest sun exposure, is usually the time that we accumulate these brown spots, so I generally recommend that people wait until the fall for removal. There are various topical treatments that have been recommended for these pigmented spots, but the quickest and most effective treatment is BBL (broadband light) treatment. BBL is FDA cleared for the treatment of benign pigmented lesions, among other conditions.

The light energy delivered by the BBL will be absorbed by the unwanted melanin responsible for pigmented lesions in the upper layers of the skin. Over the next few days to two weeks, the pigmented lesions will darken and fall off. Typically, three sessions, spaced two weeks apart are required for most effective removal of brown spots. The procedure takes about 15-20 minutes, and feels like the snapping of a rubber band on the skin. Most patients only find the treatment mildly uncomfortable. BBL treatment for brown spots requires no real downtime. There is occasionally slight redness of the skin, but when this occurs, it generally subsides in the few hours following your treatment. You can use moisturizer or cover-up on the face immediately following the procedure.

Anti-aging Anyone?

An added bonus of the treatment is that as the light energy of the BBL gently heats the upper layers of your skin, it stimulates your skin cells to regenerate new collagen, leading to increased skin firmness, smoother skin texture, and a more even color to your skin surface. Most patients notice positive changes even after their very first session, though the results are cumulative. In my office, I offer a BBL treatment called “Forever Young BBL”, which is a special type of BBL treatment that can help you greatly improve your skin’s appearance and health. In fact, scientific evidence from a long-term Stanford University study demonstrates regular maintenance treatments using Forever Young BBL functionally rejuvenates skin and delays skin aging. Studies include patients treated 10+ years ago.

What Are Your Brown Spots Telling You?

Brown spots from the sun, or solar lentigines, are benign, but they do indicate excessive sun exposure, a risk factor for the development of skin cancers. Additionally, they will return with repeated sun exposure. So, ladies and gentlemen, wear sunscreen. If I could offer you only one tip for the future, sunscreen would be it.

For more information, or to schedule an appointment, visit Dr. Liotta’s website or call (212) 288-2222.

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Bridal Skin Boot Camp: Fresh and Flawless Wedding Day Skin

Getting married this spring or summer? Believe it or not, NOW is the time to start thinking about your skin. This will likely be the most photographed and filmed day of your life, with lots of close-ups.  If you’re wondering how to get that effortless, fresh-scrubbed look that will carry you through your honeymoon, I’m about to tell you: It takes effort!

Make a Plan

Since you’re working up to your wedding day, and you may have photo shoots or events leading up to the big day, in my opinion, it’s best to have a series of less aggressive treatments that require little or no downtime rather than harsh ones (like deep chemical or deep laser peels) that require significant healing time, and may cause pigment irregularities, or excessive dryness or redness during the healing period. The cost is comparable, and this type of “stacked” plan is less risky, allowing you to achieve the same, or superior results, gradually by stacking the right treatments at the appropriate intervals.

 Start Early

Starting your skin boot camp 3-6 months prior to your wedding also gives you plenty of time to see how your skin reacts to each treatment so that the intensity can be either ramped up or down to produce maximally effective, and perfectly predictable, results for you on your wedding day.  The three basic steps are:

 

  • Target the imperfections beneath the skin: banish brown spots and shrink capillaries with medical IPL (intense pulsed light) treatments that use special filters to erase imperfections below the surface of the skin. Adding a SkinTyte treatment at the end of each session is helpful for those prone to acne, and for shrinking pores. These sessions should be spaced about a month apart.
  • Replace dry, damaged skin cells at the skin surface: Encourage cell turnover on the surface of the skin, and allow your face to make brand new, perfect, skin on its surface with a series of treatments (options include superficial laser peels, topical ViPeel treatments, or MyBody Probiotic Youthboost treatments, depending upon your skin and your particular concerns). We can discuss which of these treatments is right for you, your schedule, and your skin, during consultation. These sessions should also be about a month apart, and staggered with the IPL treatments.
  • Maximize and maintain your results: Perfect skin care and eye care products between treatments are essential. Starting 3-6 months before your wedding means that you have some time to get the absolutely best product regimen in place for your skin, so that you will have predictably gorgeous skin from now until go time. And sunscreen is a MUST. ALWAYS.

On a side note, if you’re thinking about Botox or facial fillers, like Juvederm, Juvederm Voluma, or Belotero, before your big day, definitely do not wait until the last minute.  I recommend these treatments between 4 and 5 weeks before the wedding.

Bridal Skin Boot Camp Regimen

Here’s a sample Bridal Skin Boot camp regimen for a May 30 Wedding for someone with absolutely no downtime for healing between treatments:

  • February 21: First IPL treatment with SkinTyte
  • March 14: First Probiotic Youthboost treatment
  • April 4: 2nd IPL treatment with SkinTyte
  • April 18: 2nd Probiotic Youthboost treatment
  • May 2: Final IPL treatment with SkinTyte
  • May 16: final Probiotic Youthboost treatment
  • May 30: Wedding Day!

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Liotta, please visit: www.FacialPlasticsNYC.com or call 212-288-2222.

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Using Broadband Light to Banish Brown Spots

Wear sunscreen. “Sunspots” (gasp!), “age spots”, or even worse, “liver spots” are flat, non-raised, brown spots or freckles that develop on the skin after prolonged exposure to direct ultraviolet (or UV) rays. In med-speak, they’re called “solar lentigines”. Contrary to the common-speak, people of all ages are susceptible to these spots, and those with lighter skin tend to develop them more frequently. The most common areas to develop brown spots are those exposed to the sun most often, the face, chest, and hands.

How to Banish Brown Spots

The good news is that there is a fairly simple and relatively painless way to banish these brown spots. Summertime, when most people have their greatest sun exposure, is usually the time that we accumulate these brown spots, so I generally recommend that people wait until the fall (right around now) for removal. There are various topical treatment that have been recommended for these pigmented spots, but the quickest and most effective treatment is BBL (broadband light) treatment. BBL is FDA cleared for the treatment of benign pigmented lesions, among other conditions.

The light energy delivered by the BBL will be absorbed by the unwanted melanin responsible for pigmented lesions in the upper layers of the skin. Over the next few days to two weeks, the pigmented lesions will darken and fall off. Typically, three sessions, spaced two weeks apart are required for most effective removal of brown spots. The procedure takes about 15-20 minutes, and feels like the snapping of a rubber band on the skin. Most patients only find the treatment mildly uncomfortable. BBL treatment for brown spots requires no real downtime. There is occasionally slight redness of the skin, but when this occurs, it generally subsides in the few hours following your treatment. You can use moisturizer or cover-up on the face immediately following the procedure.

Anti-aging Anyone?

An added bonus of the treatment is that as the light energy of the BBL gently heats the upper layers of your skin, it stimulates your skin cells to regenerate new collagen, leading to increased skin firmness, smoother skin texture, and a more even color to your skin surface. Most patients can notice positive changes even after their very first session, though the results are cumulative. In my office, I offer a BBL treatment called “Forever Young BBL”, which is a special type of BBL treatment that can help you greatly improve your skin appearance and health. In fact, scientific evidence from a long-term Stanford University study demonstrates regular maintenance treatments using Forever Young BBL functionally rejuvenates skin and delays skin aging. Studies include patients treated 10+ years ago.

What Are Your Brown Spots Telling You?

Brown spots from the sun, or solar lentigines, are benign, but they do indicate excessive sun exposure, a risk factor for the development of skin cancers. Additionally, they will return with repeated sun exposure. So, ladies and gentlemen, wear sunscreen. If I could offer you only one tip for the future, sunscreen would be it.

For more information, or to schedule an appointment, visit Dr. Liotta’s website or call (212) 288-2222.

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