Lentigos are brown spots that appear on the skin primarily due to the sun. These spots have very little to do with age; they are caused by cumulative UV exposure.
Lentigos develop on the skin due to melanin deposits. Melanin is the pigment in our skin: it absorbs light and gives our skin its color.
We offer several treatment modalities to help remove lentigos and age spots. Topical creams, such as hydroquinone, and laser treatments are quite effective at treating superficial lesions.
Treatment with an Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) device, Pulse Dye laser, or Q-switched Nd: YAG laser offers more durable results. Laser and IPL treatments are very effective and results are usually permanent. In most cases, two or more sessions are needed to completely remove the unwanted spots.
The fractional CO2 laser (Lumenis FX™) is the latest, and most comprehensive, tool for removing lentigos. While slightly more aggressive than other laser treatments, nothing can approach the effectiveness of the Pigment FX/Active FX treatment protocols to clear unwanted blemishes on the skin. While tremendously effective, this procedure has been proven very safe.
New age spots can develop, especially with repeated sun exposure. Sunscreen, proper clothing, and wide-brimmed hats should be worn on a regular basis.