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Brown Spots and Sun Damage

Brown Spots and Sun Damage - Before
Brown Spots and Sun Damage - After

The most visible type of sun damage is the accumulation of sunspots on the skin, which tend to become more noticeable as one ages. Sunspots, also known as age spots, liver spots, or solar lentigines, are characterized by clusters of small, flat, brown-coloured spots that tend to become darker when exposed to the sun. They can appear anywhere in the body, including the face, hands, shoulders, and other areas frequently exposed to sunlight.

Other types of sun damage on the skin include:

  • Sunburn – Pink, painful, and inflamed patches on the skin
  • Rough and dry skin – Excessive exposure to sunlight can leave the skin parched dry
  • Fine lines and wrinkles – UV light destroys collagen and elastin in the skin, accelerating aging and making its symptoms appear earlier than they should
  • Melasma – Splotchy brownish or grayish maps on the skin
  • Actinic Keratoses (AK) – Also known as solar keratoses, these are scaly and crusty areas on the skin that may lead to skin cancer if not addressed accordingly

Like sunspots on the skin, these uneven pigmentations in the skin are usually caused by chronic and unprotected sun exposure that have accumulated over the years and have gotten worse without seeking proper sun damage treatment.

How to Treat Brown Spots and Sun Damage

Ideally, constant use of broad-spectrum sunscreen and limited exposure to sunlight during times when harmful UV rays are at their most intense state is the key to protecting your skin from sunburn and the development of sun damage on the skin.

But if you’ve already got them, there’s no need to worry. APT Medical Aesthetics offers a wide range of sun damage treatments that are proven safe and effective. These include the:

IPL/BBL PhotoFacial

IPL (Intense Pulse Light) or BBL (Broadband Light) is a revolutionary light-based therapy that effectively penetrates the epidermis and destroys the cells that produce melanin in the skin. It’s an amazingly versatile treatment that works wonders in addressing all forms of hyperpigmentation related to sun exposure and aging, making it one of the most promising sun damage treatments.

Forever Young BBL

Forever Young BBL™ reaches deep into the cell and activates specific genes associated with youth while turning off other genes tied to ageing. As a result, newly produced skin cells are programmed to give you beautiful and youthful-looking skin. It can get rid of sunspots in your skin and other notable signs of aging or sun damage.

Clear + Brilliant

Clear + Brilliant® is an advanced facial treatment that addresses a wide range of skin issues, including dryness, uneven skin tone, sunspots on the skin, and basically a lacklustre skin due to stress that accelerates the ageing process. This sun damage treatment is non-invasive, quick, comfortable, and gentle on your skin.

Halo Laser

Halo™ Hybrid Fractional Laser offers positive effects for the improvement of various skin issues, including hyperpigmentation like sunspots on the skin and actinic keratoses due to sun damage. This unique sun damage treatment can provide continuous anti-ageing and skin-enhancing benefits months post-treatment because of its ability to excellently penetrate the innermost layers of the dermis and encourage generous collagen production.

Chemical Peels

A clinical peel is an exfoliating treatment that refreshes the skin, restores luminosity, and stimulates skin renewal. They are said to deliver more visible and corrective results than traditional facials. A chemical peeling solution is applied on the face or other areas of the body with sun damage to remove the outer layers of the skin to reveal a fresh new one that is clearer and free of imperfections.

Medical-Grade Skincare

Medical-grade skincare products with hydroquinone can lighten the appearance of blemishes and other blemishes on the skin. Kojic acid and glycolic acids are two other potent ingredients that can be used to fade away the brown spots due to sun damage or aging. Retinoid is also an active ingredient that exfoliates dead skin and rejuvenates the skin. It reveals a clearer and brighter complexion.

What Areas Can Be Treated for Brown Spots and Sun Damage?

Sun damage treatments can be performed anywhere in the body. We use the therapies listed above to address sunspots on the skin on the face and around the neck, chest, hands, arms, and legs.

Results You Can Expect from Treatments

Sun damage treatments like light-based therapies, chemical peels, and medical-grade skincare have stunning skin rejuvenating benefits. Post-treatment results can range from slow and gradual enhancements to dramatic improvements, depending on the treatment’s aggressiveness and technique. In the case of chemical peels, light peels may have more subtle results, while the results of deeper peels are far more noticeable.

For laser treatments like Halo, Forever Young BBL, Clear+Brilliant, and IPL/BBL PhotoFacial, your medical aesthetics doctor may recommend several treatments to achieve the desired results. This could be anywhere from 3 to 5 treatments spaced one month apart.

How Long Do Treatment Results Last?

Most sun damage treatments mentioned have long lasting effects that can range for months up to a year. The secret to successfully preserving the beautiful results of your cosmetic procedures lies in following your doctor’s post-treatment care instructions and staying out of the sun as much as possible. Make it a habit to wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen whenever you have to step outside to shield your skin from harsh ultraviolet light. Chemical peels and laser-based treatments can also make you photosensitive or burn easily from sunlight exposure.

Book Your Free Consultation

APT Medical Aesthetics is a leading medical spa in Oakville. We offer the industry’s latest sun damage treatments that can help you get the clear and flawless complexion you’ve always wanted. To know more about how our latest cosmetic procedures that can help you reverse sun damage and premature skin aging, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. Our dedicated team of experts will be more than happy to assist you.

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Treatment Options

BBL treatments for hyperpigmentation can be performed on the face, neck, chest, arms, hands, shoulders, and back.



Frequently Asked Questions

Unprotected skin exposure to the sun over time creates uneven pigmentation (brown spots or liver spots). Brown spots tend to become more noticeable after the age of thirty, although those who tan frequently may see them earlier.

Diligent use of sunscreen is key. In addition, wearing a hat or protective clothing during prolonged sun exposure is excellent prevention.

Absolutely! The same treatments we perform on the face may are also effective on the body. Common body areas that we treat include: neck, chest, hands, arms, and legs.

Once brown spots have been treated they will not return, as long as you are diligent with good skin care and daily sun protection. It is possible however that new brown spots may surface due to deeper UV damage in the skin. These spots can be treated just as the others were.

This is likely a pigmentation disorder called melasma. Click here to learn more about this condition and how it can be treated.


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