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By Coastal Dermatology
April 27, 2018
Tags: Sun Damage   Dark Spots   Freckles  

Even if you are someone who lathers on the SPF regularly, chances are good that if you’ve spent any time in the sun during your lifetime that you have some sun damage. Everything from dark spots to freckles can form as a result of exposure to the sun. Of course, if you find those dark spots becoming more visible or more widespread then you may want to consider how a dermatologist can help refresh your appear and hide those signs of sun damage.

If you are noticing more and more dark spots then it’s a good idea to seek a skincare professional who can determine the cause of these spots. There are many reasons discolorations occur and it’s important that we are able to detect early signs of skin cancer and melanoma before we decide the best course of action.

Once your dermatologist has performed a thorough screening and has determined that the dark spots aren’t cancerous, then it’s time to get down to business discussing what cosmetic option or options will work best for diminishing those dark spots, whether you are looking for at-home solutions or in-office treatments.

The number one treatment for getting rid of discolorations and dark spots is laser therapy. There are a variety of lasers available that can provide you with the results you want depending on your specific needs, goals, and skin problems. One of the most common lasers used to treat dark spots is the intense pulsed light (IPL). The goal of IPL is to reduce and even eliminate uneven pigmentation to provide a more even appearance. Another benefit to IPL is that is can also brighten the skin.

There are different wavelengths that are able to penetrate through different layers of the skin. Depending on the severity of your dark spots, your dermatologist will determine the wavelength that will provide you with the best results. As the laser is directed over the skin it will heat up and destroy the darker pigmentations of the skin. While it’s common for most people to treat their face, you can get IPL treatment just about anywhere, from your face and neck to your chest and legs.

Laser treatment can take anywhere from 15 to 30 minutes to complete and can be performed without the need for anesthesia. The process is non-invasive and also boasts no downtime. Even though you may notice some redness afterwards, you can go right back to your daily routine. You’ll start to notice the dark spots flaking and going away over the course of a couple of weeks. You will most likely require a couple of sessions in order to get the optimal results.

Don’t let sun damage ruin the appearance of your skin. Turn to a dermatologist who can help meet your needs and provide you with the proper treatment option to give you the fantastic results you want. Laser treatment can be an amazing way to restore and revive sun-damaged skin.


By Coastal Dermatology
April 13, 2018
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Skin Care Tips  

Skin TagsWe all desire to maintain and restore our youthful appearance. But with hundreds of anti-aging products on the market that promise to make you look younger, finding the right one for your skin can be overwhelming and confusing.  

Rather than buying product after product in an attempt to achieve a more youthful glow, it’s best to find an experienced dermatologist who can assess your skin type and problems, and then make recommendations for the best course of treatment.

There are many professional, cosmetic treatments available to help you minimize signs of aging and renew your young, healthy skin. Talk to your dermatologist about:

  • Botox
    Botox involves a series of injections which work to relax the muscles that cause facial expressions. It’s a quick procedure that is commonly used to treat frown lines, crow’s feet and forehead wrinkles.
  • Microdermabrasion
    This non-surgical procedure involves removing the top layer of skin to reveal a fresh, healthy skin underneath.  Microdermabrasion offers many age-defying benefits, including softening fine lines and minimizing scars and shallow wrinkles.
  • Chemical Peel
    Chemical peel treatment involves applying chemicals to the skin to gently exfoliate the skin on the face and encourage new skin cells to replace the old, dead ones. Skin peels can take years off of aging skin, and maybe a good treatment option for people with sun damage, fine lines or discoloration of the skin.

Not all skin problems require professional treatment. There are other practical ways that you can keep skin looking fresh and healthy every day.

  • Protect your skin from the sun
    Applying sunscreen to protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays is one of the single most important things you can do to prevent brown spots, fine lines and sagging skin caused by repeated sun exposure.  
  • Eat a well-balanced diet
    Regular consumption of fruits, vegetables, water and other foods high in antioxidants and omega-3s can keep your skin from aging.
  • Moisturize
    Lock in moisture and keep skin hydrated by applying lotions or creams daily. Keep skin moist to give the skin a radiant, smooth look.
  • Avoid smoking
    Smoking cannot only lead to cancer and other diseases, but it can also damage your skin. Common side effects of smoking include skin discoloration and fine lines.

You can’t turn back the hands of time, but you can prevent and even reverse some of the visible signs of aging by practicing smart basic skin care and consulting your dermatologist for professional treatment.