During the warmer months, many of us enjoy spending time at the beach, on a hike, or participating in outdoor events. While the sun is excellent at helping us reach our required daily vitamin D intake, we can experience too much of a good thing. After years of repeated exposure, sunspots can appear. Often, these spots are an indicator of age–something that you may not want to be reminded of in such a visible way. Fortunately, you do not have to accept these sunspots as part of your new look, as there are treatments to remove sun spots.
Consider Photodynamic Therapy
Also known as PDT, photodynamic therapy is a treatment method used on a wide variety of skin concerns. A combination chemical-laser treatment, PDT is useful in treating precancerous lesions, acne, sun damaged skin–including sun spots–and more. What sets PDT apart from other treatments is the fact that it functions on both a medical and cosmetic level, resulting in skin that is smoother, healthier, brighter, younger and more rejuvenated than before.
Understanding the Procedure
During a PDT treatment, we will apply aminolevulinic acid to the skin. This acid is converted into a photosynthesizer. We then use a laser, which oxidizes and destroys the troubled skin and causes minimal damage to the surrounding tissue.
Although some patients experience a mild stinging due to the application of the acid, most do not experience any discomfort.
Protect Your Skin Post-Procedure
After your PDT treatment, you may experience one or more of the following side effects: photosensitivity, itching/burning, redness, swelling, peeling. Rest assured, all of this is common and normal.
As a general rule, we advise all patients to be especially mindful of protecting their skin during the recovery process and to avoid applying anything to the skin that has not already been approved by your dermatologist. You can expect to see results within four to eight weeks of your procedure, as the skin goes through the natural healing process.
Struggling with Sun Spots? We can Help
If you are unhappy with the appearance of your sun spots, you should know that our team is here to help. At Miami Dermatology and Laser Institute, we proudly serve patients in and around Miami, Ft. Lauderdale and Kendall, FL. So, if you have questions about how we can treat your sun spots, contact us today to get started.