Brown spots on the skin can be caused by birth, age, or sun exposure. The Yag laser is extremely effective at treating individual brown spots caused by age or sun damage. These spots are also known as age spots, sun spots, or liver spots and are different than moles or skin tags. These spots can be tan or brown in colour and may appear flat and freckle like. They are often exacerbated by the sun, which is why it’s so important to wear a daily sunscreen with a minimum SPF 30 to ensure you are fully protected. The Yag laser can also treat brown-based birthmarks such as café au lait spots, and pigmented lesions. This laser was designed to target abnormal concentrations of melanin in the skin and remove it.
If you are bothered by a cosmetic brown spot or series of spots on your skin, Yag can be an excellent, non-invasive solution to help eliminate them. Brown spots may make your skin appear older than it is, and eliminating them can have a positive correlation with a boost in self-esteem.
The YAG laser emits short pulses of light energy, which are typically described as feeling “snappy” like an elastic band on the skin. It targets the excess pigment or melanin, which are found in the superficial layers of the skin. The area being treated will absorb this light, which destroys and breaks down that pigmentation. This does not affect the surrounding areas, as it will only target the abnormal concentrations of melanin. The result will leave the skin with a more uniform colour and texture. This treatment can also be combined with other treatments such as SkinTX™, chemical peels or IPL to address all–over pigmentation concerns including facial freckling, multiple brown spots (10+) or more dramatic sun damage.