Monday, March 21, 2022
Brown spots, sometimes called age spots, are small dark areas that usually appear on sun-exposed skin including the face, hands, shoulders, arms, and upper back of individuals. They are common among men and women over the age of 50 but can appear at any age.
“Age spots are typically not cancerous, but they are a sign of sun exposure. They range in size and color from very small to very large and from tan to dark brown,” says Sheena Wagner, medical aesthetician at Plastic Surgery & Skin Specialists by BayCare Clinic. “The easiest solution is prevention, but there are treatments we provide that can lighten the intensity of their appearance.”
Harmful UV-rays from the sun can speed up the production of melanin, a natural pigment that gives skin it’s color. Individuals with lighter skin may be even more prone to the development of brown spots.
Brown spots that are extremely dark in color or have changed drastically in appearance should be looked at by a doctor, Wagner says.
Changes in the color, size or shape of skin spots, or bleeding, may be signs of melanoma, a serious skin cancer.
To prevent brown spots from occurring, Wagner recommends daily use of sunscreen and protective hats and clothing to keep the sun off your skin.
Plastic Surgery & Skin Specialists by BayCare Clinic provides a variety of treatment options that may help reduce the appearance of brown spots including:
“We can customize our treatment to your individual concern,” Wagner says. “Some treatment options are slightly more conservative and others more extensive depending on the severity of the brown spots we’re treating. Our skin specialists will work with you to determine the best treatment for your desired outcome.”
Not sure which treatment option is right for you? Consultations for aesthetic services are complimentary. Wagner recommends booking an appointment to discuss your concerns.
Sheena Wagner is a medical aesthetician at Plastic Surgery & Skin Specialists by BayCare Clinic. She sees patients in Green Bay, Wisconsin. To request an appointment, call 920-288-8240 or do so online.