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Posted: 9:42 a.m. Friday, June 14, 2013

By Anita Mandal, M.D.
Question: I have many brown spots on my face but was told laser treatments don’t always work. What is the best treatment for my concerns?

Answer: Facial brown spots have multiple causes, including hormone changes, genetics, aging, sun damage and even skin cancer. Hormonal changes with pregnancy or birth-control pills often appear as discoloration of the sides of the face, jawline and lip area.

While lasers like Intense pulse light and fraxel sometimes help brown spots, deeper chemical peels and prescription strength medical skin care (PSMSC) can be a consistently effective first line treatment.

Many misconceptions about medical skin product lines exist. Unlike pricey, over-the-counter products from department stores or TV ads, PSMSC from a plastic surgeon’s office are a form of skin resurfacing that can improve wrinkles, brown spots and poor skin texture. Many are research based and FDA approved.

PSMSC can prime facial skin to enhance the results of lasers and chemical peels. PSMSC can also prolong the results of lasers and peels if continued after treatment.
Prior to any cosmetic facial skin treatments, your plastic surgeon should rule out skin cancer. Additionally, proper strength sunscreen is essential, regardless of the type of skin resurfacing treatment used.

 

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