Brown Spots, Moles & Bumps

Brown Spots, Moles & Bumps

The skin is your largest organ, and as such, it is prone to many different irregularities that can cause concern. Moles, brown spots and other unsightly bumps can cause you daily worry and concern. The good news is most of these markings are benign and harmless and the vast majority of these symptoms can be safely and effectively removed using a variety of treatment options.

Our team of skin experts at Morpheus Medical Aesthetics are adept at identifying and treating a wide range of skin blemishes. Whether you have an embarrassing mole or a host of brown spots from too much time in the sun, there are many ways to eliminate these concerns and have clearer, more beautiful skin today.

What are Brown Spots?

Brown spots on the skin take many forms. You might see any of the following issues:

Age Spots – Also known as liver spots or lentigines, these markings usually form over time and are the result of an overproduction of melanin. They often occur on areas of the body that get a lot of sun exposure, including the face, shoulders, back, arms and backs of the hands. You are at higher risk for these spots if you are over 40 and have fair skin.

Moles – These brown spots occur when clusters of pigmented cells develop and may appear during childhood, adolescence or adulthood. Most people have between 10 and 40 moles over a lifetime, although some people can have many more. The spots might lighten or change in other ways over time. Changing moles should always be checked by your doctor.

Freckles – These groupings of small, brown spots may be the result of the environment or genetics. Some people develop freckles at a very young age, while others will see them form later in life – usually as a result of sun exposure. Like age spots, freckles are due to an overproduction of melanin. They are most common in people with fair skin and red or blonde hair.

Seborrheic Keratosis – Brown, wart-like markings that appear on the face, chest, shoulders or back may be seborrheic keratosis. These markings are slightly elevated and have a waxy appearance. Although they can look concerning, they are not cancerous. If they are removed, it is usually because they are in a visible place or cause irritation from clothing or skin friction.

Why Do I Have Brown Spots?

The most common culprits for any brown spots on the skin are genetics, sun exposure and age. When spots appear suddenly or change over time, it is always best to have them assessed by a doctor before pursuing treatment to remove them. While most markings are benign, it is essential to ensure there are no cancerous or precancerous lesions that need to be addressed as well.

Treatment Options for Brown Spots

While most brown spots are harmless, they can be a significant cosmetic nuisance. At Morpheus Medical Aesthetics, we offer different treatment options to reduce the appearance of these spots so you can enjoy clearer, more beautiful skin. Treatments offered at our clinic include:

IPL Photofacials

The IPL device emits multiple wavelengths of light into the dermal layers to combat a host of skin concerns and irregularities. It is particularly useful for reversing symptoms of sun damage, such as uneven skin tone and brown spots. When set correctly, the light wavelengths target the melanin in the skin to eliminate the marking. The procedure is non-invasive and requires no downtime afterward so that you can say goodbye to brown spots without a significant disruption in your daily routine.

At Morpheus Medical Aesthetics, we apply a topical numbing cream to the skin before your IPL photofacial to ensure you are comfortable throughout your treatment. The actual procedure usually takes between 30 to 60 minutes to complete, once the numbing medicine takes effect. A handheld device delivers the light into the dermal structure in a series of pulses to achieve an optimal outcome. Positive results appear in the weeks following your treatment. You may need a set of sessions to see maximum improvement.

Clear & Brilliant Laser Skin Resurfacing

Clear & Brilliant is a laser treatment that also works to reduce brown spots on the skin. This device delivers targeted laser energy into the dermis, stimulating collagen production to heal and rejuvenate the skin from within. The procedure offers benefits in addition to spot treatment, including a reduction in fine lines, firmer skin and even texture and tone.

Clear & Brilliant is a gentle treatment that is appropriate for all skin tones. While some patients opt to have numbing cream before the procedure, many patients can tolerate the treatment without these agents. The device is moved across the treatment area by one of our skincare experts. During the process, you should feel little more than a sensation comparable to a rubber band snapping against the skin.

The duration of the procedure will depend on the size and number of the areas you want to be addressed. After your procedure, your skin may be red and slightly swollen, but side effects do not last more than a few hours in most cases. You will be able to return to activities right away, although it is imperative to protect your vulnerable skin from direct sun exposure. Results appear in the weeks following treatment as the collagen levels increase.

Spot-Free for Fresher Skin

Brown spots and other markings can significantly impact your appearance and your self-confidence. You don’t have to hide your skin away behind clothing because of blemishes. You can show the skin you want with pride after treatments designed to help you achieve smoother, brighter skin. For more information about these conditions or procedures, contact Morpheus Medical Aesthetics at our Santa Rosa location at 707-921-7447 or Albany at 510-488-1230.