Also known as solar lentigines, sun spots are dark patches or spots that appear on the skin after repeated sun exposure. Downtown Dermatology offers sun spot removal treatments for men and women in the Columbus and Upper Arlington area.
Sun spots begin as slightly darker patches or spots on the skin. As you continue to expose the area to sunlight, the spots will darken. You will also develop more sun spots as you spend time in the sunlight. The most unusual aspect of sun spots is that you do not need to expose the areas to direct sunlight to have them darken. Sun spots grow darker even when sunlight is reflected off of a window, sidewalk or other reflective surface. The reason for this is that the ultraviolet rays from the sun bounce off these surfaces. Tanning beds are also linked to the development of sun spots.
Unlike age spots, sun spots can develop at any age. The primary benefit of sun spots removal is to prevent the skin from darkening further. Men and women often have sun spots removed for cosmetic reasons.
Sun spots removal treatments at Downtown Dermatology can be applied to any area of the face and body. Dr. Hicks-Graham will recommend treatments that take into consideration the location of your sun spots.
At Downtown Dermatology, we offer several treatments for sun spots removal. Depending on the location, severity and number of sun spots, Dr. Hicks-Graham may recommend laser resurfacing or chemical peels.
We recommend that you avoid exposure to sunlight, either directly or indirectly, until after your sun spots are removed. If the spots darken or if you develop new sun spots, this will complicate your treatment.
Depending on the sun spots removal treatment that you receive, the area may appear red and irritated for the first one to two days. You should avoid sunlight until the area is completely healed. We also recommend that you use sunscreen because your sun spots indicate that you are at higher risk for developing skin cancer.
Sun spots removal is considered elective by your medical insurance, so you will be responsible for the total cost. Our patient coordinator will provide a cost after your consultation. We accept payment by cash, check, major credit card and CareCredit® financing.
If you have dark patches or spots on your skin, we recommend that you meet with Dr. Hicks-Graham for a consultation. She will evaluate your sun spots and also perform a skin cancer screening.
If you spend a lot of time in the sun, you may develop sun spots. Contact us to schedule a consultation with Dr. Hicks-Graham to learn about sun spots removal and ways to prevent skin cancer and sun damage.Although sun spots are considered harmless, men and women in the Columbus and Upper Arlington area rely on the expertise of board-certified dermatologist Dr. Shari Hicks-Graham for sun spot removal treatments.