Have you noticed any dark spots on your face, arms, shoulders, or other body parts ranging from light to dark brown? Also known as hyperpigmentation, age, or sun spots, they result from tanning beds or too much sun exposure. These marks vary in size, are the same texture as skin, and don't cause pain to the person who has them. At the Dermatology and Laser Center of Oklahoma, we recommend laser treatment to restore skin pigment and erase dark spots. We can explain what to expect from laser treatment during a consultation in our Tulsa, OK, office.
Laser Treatment for Dark Spots
Depending on your skin color, dark spots may appear like unwanted birthmarks. Though they aren't harmful, most people opt for laser treatment to lighten pigment and maintain a clear complexion. During laser treatment, one of our dermatologists applies a topical numbing cream and uses a safe and effective laser to target the melanin without damaging surrounding skin and tissue. The laser triggers your body's healing process to shake up melanin and boost collagen levels. This process takes about 30 minutes to complete, depending on the laser used and the areas being treated. It also rejuvenates the skin and promotes healing. However, you must avoid sun exposure, hot water, harsh chemical products, and scrubbing the area after completing the procedure. You can reduce your chance of developing new dark spots by following advised tips from your dermatologist. These may include wearing 30 SPF sunscreen every day, even if there is no sun, treating acne as soon as possible, and wearing sunglasses to protect the delicate skin around your eyes.
If you're interested in laser treatment for dark spots, consult with one of our providers at the Dermatology and Laser Center of Oklahoma to determine if this cosmetic procedure is best for you. For more information about laser treatment for dark spots or to schedule an appointment in our Tulsa, OK, office, call 918) 494-0400 or visit our website.