WHAT CAUSES BROWN SPOTS?
Brown spots (also known as age or sun spots) are small, freckle-like marks that are caused by excessive sun exposure. They commonly appear on the face, chest, shoulders and arms because those areas of the body get the most sunshine. Ultraviolet (UV rays) accelerate the production of melanin, which gives skin its brown pigmentation. Brown spots result from overactive pigment cells and melanin being grouped together in higher concentrations. Melanin tends to develop in small circles in a concentrated area.
These spots are mostly harmless and are usually addressed for cosmetic reasons. If you do notice an unusual brown spot on your skin, be sure to monitor it to make sure it doesn’t change in size or color. If the spot does change size or color, schedule an appointment with your regular physician to get it checked out.
WHAT IS MELASMA?
Melasma is a common skin condition in which brown or gray-brown patches develop on the face. Melasma commonly forms on the forehead, bridge of the nose, cheeks, lips and chin and other areas of the body that get a lot of sunlight. Women are more likely to develop this condition than men, and it is sometimes called the “mask of pregnancy” because it commonly occurs at that time.
The cause of melasma isn’t clear, but it occurs when melanocytes (the color-making cells in the skin) produce too much color. This condition is triggered by:
- Changes in hormones (caused by pregnancy, birth control pills or hormone replacement medicine)
- Sun exposure, as UV rays stimulate melanocytes
HOW DOES SURFACE MEDICAL ESTHETICS TREAT BROWN SPOTS?
We offer multiple treatments at our practice in Hampton, New Hampshire. In some cases, we may combine treatments to give you the most amazing results possible. We use the following options to treat brown spots:
When you come in for your initial consultation, Tara Delle Chiaie will assess your skin and create a custom treatment plan for you. Our mission is bring your inner beauty to the surface.
SCHEDULE A CONSULTATION IN SEACOAST NH
To get started with a consultation at Delle Chiaie Cosmetic Medicine in Hampton, New Hampshire, book online or give us a call at (603) 783-1087. We are proud to serve the Seacoast region of New Hampshire and the North Shore of Massachusetts and we look forward to seeing you!