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By Dr. Bryan Selkin | Sun Damage Aug 9, 2018

McKinney TX improves the appearance of sun damage with array of safe spot removal options

Back of woman in bikini with a sunburnA golden tan is (mistakenly) associated with health. It wasn’t always this way. Throughout history alabaster skin was prized, because a tan was a telltale sign of serfdom and toiling in the fields all day.

In the Roaring Twenties Coco Chanel “accidentally” got too much sun and suddenly the bronzed look was en vogue. Tanning isn’t a harmless trend, though. While chronic unprotected sun exposure gives rise to an attractive tan it is also associated with unwanted features such as sun spots, which can make you look older than you are.

No such thing as a “healthy” tan

Every person has melanin, which gives your skin, eyes, and hair its color. Special cells called melanocytes produce these natural pigments. When exposed to UV rays from the sun, melanocytes respond by producing more melanin. The increase in melanin results in darker skin, as well as highly-concentrated areas of skin pigment that appear as brown spots such as freckles and “age” spots.

While the skin’s natural pigments and color do have protective qualities, tanning via the sun or tanning beds puts you at far-greater risk for skin cancers. Melanoma is widely considered the deadliest of cancers, and because growths can resemble sun spots it is critical for you to regularly monitor your skin for changes. The Center for Dermatology and Cosmetic Laser Surgery also urges you schedule professional skin checks. Early detection is key.

Sun spot removal

Most spots are harmless, but annoying. You may look in the mirror and no longer “see” any other features — all you can see are these hyper-pigmented areas! You don’t have to live with freckles and age spots.

Dr. Bryan Selkin and his team offer a number of ways to treat these marks. Depending on the severity of your condition and considerations such as skin type and complexion, the center can develop a customized plan, which may include:

  • Clinically proven topical medications
  • Hydrafacial
  • Chemical peels
  • Laser and Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) therapy

By partnering with a trusted dermatologist, you have access to medical-grade products, which live up to their claims. These products contain ingredients and concentrations of ingredients that are not available in your run-of-the-mill lightening or bleaching cream. Furthermore, many store-bought creams may be quite irritating due to the chemicals used.

Hydrafacial and chemical peels encourage the growth of fresh, unblemished skin by either a process of manual exfoliation or the application of a solution that gently removes the outermost layers of skin. Light-based therapies use the heat generated from laser and light energy to target and break up the melanocytes responsible for too-much melanin, while leaving surrounding healthy tissue untouched.

Some of these therapies may be used in combination, and can also address other signs of sun damage including:

  • Dry skin
  • Broken blood vessels
  • Fine lines, deeper wrinkles
  • Loss of skin elasticity
  • Persistent red or white patches

For safe and effective sun spot removal in McKinney TX, call 972-985-9003 to schedule a consultation.

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Center for Dermatology and Cosmetic Laser Surgery is committed to helping patients achieve healthy and beautiful skin. Our dedicated team is comprised of Dr. Bryan Selkin MD, FAAD, Board Certified in Dermatology; Gilbert Selkin, MD, DMD, Board Certified Maxillofacial Surgeon; John “Jay” Wofford MD, FAAD, Board Certified Dermatologist & Dermatopathologist; M. David Meyer MD, FAAD, Board Certified Dermatologist; Janet Y. Li MD, FAAD Board Certified Dermatologist & Fellowship Trained Mohs Surgeon, Sam Awan, MD, FAAD, Board Certified Dermatologist; Trisha J. Patel MD, FAAD Board Certified Dermatologist; Howard Steinman MD, FAAD - Board Certified Dermatologist, Mohs Surgeon; Nicholas R. Snavely MD, FAAD - Board Certified Dermatologist Fellowship-Trained Mohs Surgeon, an expert in the prevention, detection and treatment of skin cancer, as well as advanced reconstruction; and Caitlin Farmer, MD – Board Eligible Dermatologist