What are Brown Spots?

Brown spots, also known as age spots or liver spots, are dark areas on the skin that vary in size. Brown spots generally occur in areas that are exposed to sunlight including the face, hands, shoulders, and arms. Brown spots often do not require treatment if they are examined and determined to be harmless, however, they can be lightened or removed for cosmetic reasons.

When is the Right Time to Talk to Dr. Lamoureux About My Brown Spots?

Brown spots are generally harmless and do not require any kind of treatment. However, if a spot is darkly pigmented, is rapidly increasing in size, has an irregular border, has an unusual combination of colors, or is accompanied with itching, redness, tenderness, or bleeding, you will want to schedule an appointment with Dr. Lamoureux to have her evaluate your concerning lesions first, prior to discussing options for their removal.

How Do You Treat Brown Spots?

If a brown spot is determined not to be harmful, by Dr. Lamoreux, they can be lightened or removed for cosmetic reasons. Possible treatments to lighten or remove brown spots include medications, laser and intense pulsed light therapy utilizing our Cynosure ICON platform, freezing (cryotherapy), dermabrasion and microdermabrasion, and chemical peel. Together, Dr. Lamoureux can discuss treatment options and pick the right option that is best for you.

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