Men and women of all ages can experience unwanted brown spots that are difficult to treat. Rather than spending a fortune on heavy makeup or over-the-counter brown spot lightening serums, consider the benefits of intense pulsed light (IPL) treatments which offer a modern solution for uneven tone, brown spots and even unwanted hair. If you are tired of wasting time and money on brown spot treatments that deliver underwhelming results, keep reading.
Treating Brown Spots at their Source
To best understand how IPL treatments work to fade brown spots, it is important to learn about what causes brown spots and how they are formed. Brown spots can be caused by sun damage, hormonal changes, genetics, inflammation or aging. They are the result of an overproduction of pigment (melanin) in the skin and form spots when this overproduction of melanin becomes clumped or produced in high concentrations. Melanin is formed deep within the skin’s surface, but when it is produced in high enough concentrations, it is pushed to the skin’s surface in the form of a brown spot.
While it is possible to fade brown spots by exfoliating the skin’s surface through methods like chemical peels, microdermabrasion or certain types of lasers, we typically prefer to treat brown spots where they form—underneath the skin’s surface. This allows the healthy surrounding skin to remain untouched which results in less discomfort and downtime. At Harmony Healing, we offer numerous types of IPL treatments that can treat brown spots beneath the skin’s surface without causing irritation or other unwanted side effects from other forms of brown spot treatments.
BroadBand Light™ Treatments for Brown Spots
BroadBand Light™ (BBL™) is an advanced form of IPL therapy that utilizes high-energy light pulses to penetrate upper levels of skin and stimulate collagen production in lower levels of skin. BBL™ not only stimulates collagen production to improve the texture of skin, but it also breaks down melanin into small particles that can then rise to the surface to flake away or be removed naturally by the body’s lymphatic system. In addition to targeting unwanted pigmentation, BBL™ can also eliminate broken capillaries, diffuse redness and even fade birthmarks.
Treating Brown Spots on the Body
People who are prone to brown spots often find these spots will appear on their face, chest, hands, back or other areas of the body that are regularly exposed to sunlight. Since brown spots on the body can often be a telltale sign of a person’s age, we frequently hear from patients that they would like to fade them. IPL therapies can be used on any area of the body and are highly adjustable to suit the size of any treatment area. Light energy from BBL™ or other photorejuvenation technologies can work anywhere on the body to focus bursts of energy just below the skin’s surface which will push pigmented or damaged layers to the skin’s surface. After these pigments peel or flake away, your body will appear more even-toned.
Using IPL to Treat Brown Spots and Other Signs of Aging
IPL is a smart choice for men and women seeking more even-toned, younger-looking skin because it combines well with other anti-aging treatments. For example, many patients choose to combine BBL™ with HALO™, a hybrid fractional laser that is good for treating a wide range of skin issues such as fine lines, wrinkles or discoloration. We also offer Forever Young™, another form of light therapy that targets signs of aging and sun damage. Patients can also harness the power of light therapy for hair removal during Forever Bare™ treatments which work to remove hair by heating the hair follicles while keeping skin cool and comfortable.
Call us today at 575.639.9305 to schedule an appointment where we can develop a personalized plan to fade your brown spots as quickly as possible.