All it takes is one little spot on your face to make you feel insecure. Whether it is acne scars, wrinkles or sunspots, imperfections seem to be the only thing staring back at you in the mirror. What if there was a way to eliminate your insecurities so the focus becomes your beautiful skin? There is a way—and it is called CO2 Resurfacing!
What Are Sunspots?
Sunspots, also known as solar lentigines, are brown spots on parts of the skin that have developed and continue to darken due to sun exposure. A sunspot’s shape and shade vary depending on the individual. These spots can be raised, rough, flat or cause itching. A common misconception is that sunspots and freckles are one in the same. This is not true! Sunspots occur due to exposure to the sun, while freckles occur on people who naturally have a fair complexion.
The cause of sunspots is ultimately over exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays. Sunspots are fairly normal, being that most people will have them at some point in their lives. Depending on your amount of sun exposure, it is possible to start seeing them in your 20s, but most people notice them in their 30s and 40s. It is also most common to notice them on the face, the sides of the neck, the upper chest and backs of hands, as these are areas of your body that get the most sun exposure. Anyone experiencing balding or thinning hair will most likely see spots on the top of the head as well.
While sunspots themselves are not actually harmful, cancer can mimic a sunspot, which is why it is important to check them regularly. All common skin cancers begin as a flat brown patch on the skin, making them easy to mistake as one another. One may think they just have a harmless sunspot, when in actuality they have skin cancer.
In addition to this, as said before, sunspots indicate more sun exposure. With more exposure to the sun, the risk of skin cancers is increased. So while sunspots themselves are not cancerous, they are an indicator for your risk of getting cancer.
Because of the risk associated with sunspots and ultimately sun exposure, dermatologists recommend several precautions. The first is to schedule an annual skin exam to ensure your sunspots are not actually cancerous. The second is to limit sun exposure. One can limit sun exposure through staying in the shade, using an umbrella or applying sunscreen. To lighten sunspots themselves, some suggest using natural remedies such as vinegar and lemon juice, but the most effective way to eliminate sunspots is through CO2 Resurfacing treatment.
Get Rid of Sunspots with CO2 Resurfacing
Tri Valley uses a CO2 Resurfacing treatment, otherwise known as CO2RE, to reduce the appearance of sunspots. This treatment uses a laser system to precisely target sunspots and any other problem area of the skin. The laser removes layers of skin through vaporization, which lightens sunspots over a series of treatments. We believe this is the most effective way to eliminate sunspots because the results are quick and have the long-lasting effect of surgery.
See if CO2 resurfacing is right for you by scheduling a consultation with Donna Beirut and the Tri Valley Health & Aesthetics Team today! Contact us online or call 925.484.5483 today! Also be sure to ‘Like’ us on Facebook to stay up to date on all of our services.