We’ve reached the middle of summer and chances are you’ve already spent a good amount of time soaking up the sun. You may even be noticing some dark spots on your skin, also known as sunspots and hyperpigmentation. These are a result of sun exposure, which is responsible for approximately 90 percent of the changes in your skin. Even if you apply SPF religiously, it’s possible that you still have stubborn dark spots that seem to return every summer. What gives?
Monarch aesthetician Michele Hodge preaches the importance of addressing sunspots as soon as they appear. She said, “Sunspots can really age a person. The sooner you correct them, the better you will look and feel! Depending on how aggressive you want to be, and keeping your budget in mind, we have an array of tools and products for treating sunspots.” Read on to learn more about the various products and services available at Monarch Skin Rejuvenation Center for treating and preventing sunspots.
Although most sunspots are harmless, they are unsightly. One of the first steps you can take is to try fading them at home with the right skincare products. We recommend a prescription-strength vitamin C serum, like Obagi C-Clarifying Serum, which includes hydroquinone to help lighten the dark spots while brightening the skin. Don’t forget to keep wearing sunscreen (SPF 30 or higher) to prevent your current sunspots from getting darker.
If you have tried to fade sunspots at home with no luck, there are several in-office treatments that can help reduce the appearance of them. Jessica Hager, one of our aestheticians, recommends getting a Photofacial as soon as you begin to notice dark spots or sunspots on your face. Although some laser treatments are not ideal for the summer months, our Photofacial uses a lower setting of Broad Band Light treatment to safely target brown and red discolorations on your face during the summer when your skin has more pigmentation. This budget-friendly option is only $85 through the end of summer for a full-face treatment.
Halo Laser Treatment
Another treatment that comes highly recommended by our aestheticians is the Halo Fractional Laser Treatment. Halo works by targeting both the epidermis and dermis to help correct sun damage, cut down on brown spots and even out skin texture and tone. It also triggers collagen and elastin production -- which minimizes the appearance of wrinkles. Best of all, Halo requires minimal downtime compared to older laser technologies that could leave your face red and raw for days on end. Halo is also a great treatment for people in their 20s and 30s who are serious about preventative aging.
Monarch plastic surgeon Dr. Keith Hodge recently tried the Halo laser to treat his sun damaged skin. The photo on the left was taken immediately after the procedure, and the one on the right was just five days later. Dr. Hodge said, “Bye-bye sun damage, and hello smoother, younger looking skin!”
If you have sunspots and are interested in learning more about how to fade them, schedule a complimentary consultation with one of our aestheticians to find out which products and services are right for you.