Have you looked in the mirror this fall and all of a sudden noticed new brown spots? Well, you are not alone. It’s hard to love our skin when it looks dull, lifeless and uneven. Luckily there is an easy way to get rid of unattractive age spots, wrinkles and sun damage that appear on your skin over time.

Lasers are effective tools to rejuvenate the skin. The can lighten skin pigmentation caused by sun damage on the face, neck, hands arms and legs. For many people, unwanted pigmentation is one of the first signs of aging. What’s beneficial about lasers is that they also serve to improve fine lines and wrinkles, minimize surgical and acne scars and reduce stretch marks. To reduce the appearance of the signs of aging, what is necessary is to speed up the skin’s normal process of shedding and renewal. Lasers are ideal for this because they can evenly and precisely remove the dull, damaged layers of skin without chemicals and without abrasion. Results for patients are significant and natural looking.

Here’s the scoop on three different procedures Dr. Soika uses at Skin MD:

What is fractional laser treatment?

Fractional lasers apply light in tiny micro-beams to create micro-columns of treatment. By treating a portion of the surface of the skin, healing and recovery is faster with very little risk. Unlike ablative lasers which remove the top layer of skin and part of the sub-layer, non-ablative fractional lasers keep the outer layer of skin in place for faster healing and recovery.

What is Fractional Co2 Laser Resurfacing?

This method has been used for years to treat a variety of skin issues including deep facial lines and wrinkles, acne scars and enlarged oil glands just to name a few. Using advanced laser technology to carefully remove damaged skin layer by layer, the CO2 laser can turn back the clock on your complexion. This treatment precisely removes outer layers of damaged skin to reveal the underlying skin which is softer, smoother and younger looking. When used for the skin resurfacing procedure, it can lessen the appearance of scars, treat uneven pigmentation and photo damage and correct a host of skin imperfections and benign lesions.

What is IPL (Intense Pulsed Light)?

Unlike lasers that generally work with a single wavelength of light, IPL uses many wavelengths of specifically filtered light. IPL devices are also designed to treat specific unwanted targets in the skin like dark spots from sun damage and broken blood vessels. The process is ideal for patients with active lifestyles because the procedure requires no downtime and has little side effects. Depending on the level of treatment, you can have an IPL or laser treatment session on your lunch break and return immediately to work or daily activities.

If you believe you are a candidate for any of these treatments, Dr. Soika is a qualified surgeon who can carefully analyze your skin and determine which procedure is best for you. After all, the only things you have to lose are your sun spots!