Sun Damage & Brown Spots Overview

Sun Spots and Pigmentation Treatments in San Diego

Living in beautiful San Diego has its advantages but enjoying the bright outdoors can cause a variety of problems for your skin, including sun damage and pigment problems like brown spots. Although typically harmless to your health, these skin conditions can make you frustrated and even self-conscious. And, if left untreated, they can even lead to more serious problems.

At Cosmetic Laser Dermatology, we have a wide variety of treatments to correct sun damage or brown spots, including the largest selection of laser treatments in Southern California. We also carry high-quality, medical-grade skincare products and sunscreen to ensure that the signs of sun damage do not return or worsen. Our team of board-certified dermatologists and cosmetic surgeons and skin care experts have the knowledge and experience to target and fully correct common problems caused by chronic sun exposure.

Overexposure to sunlight changes the production levels of melanin, the substance that maintains your skin’s normal color. Melanin overproduction leads to the hyperpigmentation or dark spots, also known as:

No matter what you call them, they often appear as flat, freckle-like round spots with a regular or irregular border.

These spots can be differentiated from regular freckles due to their color (brownish-gray) and size (as large as a nickel or more in many cases). Furthermore, they tend to fade less quickly than freckles and are more easily noticeable if you have light skin, although they are also common if you have darker, more tanned skin.

You might refer to them as age spots because they are frequently seen in older adults, but this is because they can develop slowly over time as the skin produces excess melanin due to the regular sun exposure.

Since brown spots develop mainly due to the sun, they commonly appear on the hands, arms, legs, face, and shoulders, particularly on the left side of your face and body as a result of driving!

Obviously, the best way to minimize your risk is to avoid overexposure to the sun, but you know how difficult that can be in San Diego! Cdc.gov offers tips to reduce your exposure to the sun and prevent sun damage. As a result, you may have brown spots regardless of how careful you’ve been.

Our board-certified dermatologists understand that this type of sun-damaged skin can impact your appearance and self-esteem, as it can make your skin look aged and even unhealthy. In fact, some more dangerous cancerous lesions can often resemble the harmless brown ones. This means that if you notice one or more spots, you should schedule a consultation today at Cosmetic Laser Dermatology to assess whether or not your sunspots are harmless. 

If it is determined that your sunspots could be cancerous or pre-cancerous, we can refer you to West Dermatology Skin Cancer Center in San Diego, our sister practice just next door, where you can be evaluated further and discuss other, more relevant treatment options.

Treatment Options

Our team of experts at Cosmetic Laser Dermatology here in San Diego make it easy to treat pigment problems and skin damage from the sun. We offer a wide array of services and procedures, all of which can be tailored to suit your needs and meet your aesthetic goals.

LASER THERAPIES

Laser treatments are very effective for diminishing hyperpigmentation and other discoloration issues.  By sending specific pulses of light energy into the affected area, the pigmented lesions break up and are absorbed by the body before being gradually eliminated by the body’s natural processes. One of the best laser combinations for improving sun spots and brown spots is the Lumenis UltraPulse Encore with the Sciton Erbium.

Laser therapies can be administered with only one laser or with a combination treatment plan that involves multiple lasers to achieve even better results. At San Diego’s Cosmetic Laser Dermatology, our range of lasers of 50+ lasers include:

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) – Using high-intensity pulses of light, IPL penetrates the skin and triggers a natural healing process in the skin that eliminates hyperpigmentation, texture, and other skin irregularities. Our most popular IPL treatments, Lumenis M22 and Lumenis One, are excellent for treating a broad range of skin concerns, including sun damage, age spots, rosacea, facial veins, birthmarks, seborrheic keratosis, and more.

Q-Switched Ruby/Q-Switched Alexandrite Laser – These two lasers of different wavelengths specifically target pigmented skin to break up the abnormal pigment and allow it to be exfoliated from the skin surface.

PicoSure/Picoway – Delivering quick pulses of light energy at a rate of 100 times shorter than other light therapy options, PicoSure and Picoway’s picosecond lasers offers an unparalleled impact on hyperpigmentation, allowing patients to undergo fewer treatments in order to achieve clearer skin.

Fraxel Dual – Utilizing a highly effective fractional 1927 nm Thulium laser, Fraxel Re:Store Dual targets the abnormal skin to eliminate unwanted pigmentation, resulting in clearer, smoother, healthier skin. The treatment targets only a “fractional” portion of the skin, ensuring that the healing process is shorter than more aggressive resurfacing procedures.

Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) – Also known as an ALA treatment or a Levulan/Amaleuz photofacial, PDT combines the use of a photosensitizing topical medication with rejuvenating light therapy to trigger cell turnover for a clearer, healthier skin.

Combination therapy – For comprehensive skin rejuvenation, we often combine effective sun damage and pigmentation treatments, such as one or more lasers with microdermabrasion, micro needling, chemical peels, or facials. Additionally, patients can also undergo anti-wrinkle treatments, such as Botox/Dysport/Xeomin, facial fillers, or non-invasive skin tightening Ultherapy or Thermage FLX for a youthful appearance.

TREATMENTS FOR SUNSPOTS

While topical bleaching agents can be effective for darker patches of pigmentation, the results are usually mild and temporary. For sunspot treatment that produces better and longer-lasting results, laser therapy is a better alternative we offer at our San Diego office.

For example, Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) is a minimally-invasive method of erasing sunspots and freckles. Fraxel Dual uses resurfacing technology to safely erase pigmentation issues.

CHEMICAL PEELS

Chemical peel is excellent if you have minor pigment-related issues. Two of the most effective peels that we offer at our San Diego office are the Signature Peel-Jessner and Glycolic Peel. By removing the micro-thin top layer of the skin, both procedures transform the surface of your skin by lightening hyperpigmentation and refining pores. Furthermore, if you have a special occasion just around the corner, a chemical peel is a quick, easy, and non-invasive way to completely rejuvenate your skin’s appearance with virtually no downtime.

MICRODERMABRASION

A microdermabrasion treatment uses a vacuum tip handpiece and very fine crystals to remove a razor-thin layer of skin to reveal fresh, new skin that looks fantastic.

You can undergo a microdermabrasion to:

  • Minimize fine lines and scars
  • Balance uneven skin tone
  • Eliminate whiteheads and blackheads
  • Smooth rough texture
  • Lighten brown spots

For both chemical peels and microdermabrasion treatments, results are noticeable immediately and then improve over time as the new layer of skin emerges. For optimal results, a series of micro-treatments and/or chemical peels may be suggested.

Skincare

In addition to advanced dermatologic treatments, we carry a top-of-the-line selection of medical-grade skincare products to not only nourish and beautify your skin, but also protect against sun damage. Learn about our San Diego office’s range of proven sunscreen products from esteemed brands, such as SkinMedica, Skinceuticals, Neocutis, Calecim and more.

To learn more about skincare and aging, visit nia.nih.gov

Schedule a Sun Damage Consultation Today

At Cosmetic Laser Dermatology, our physicians are experts at treating and correcting sun damage, brown spots, and various other pigment-related issues. Our dermatologists have undergone extensive training and even developed highly-refined techniques to improve your skin and rejuvenate your appearance.

We urge you not to ignore pigmentation issues and sun-damaged skin, as they can become more dangerous if left untreated. If skin cancer is suspected, we can refer you to our sister practice, West Dermatology Skin Cancer Center, for further assessment and treatment options.

At Cosmetic Laser Dermatology, our team realizes the importance of good skin health not only on your appearance but also on your overall health and wellbeing. With more than 100 years of combined experience, we assess your skin condition and work with you to determine the customized treatment plan for you, just as we have done for more than 100,000 of your neighbors in La Jolla, San Diego, and neighboring Southern California communities.

To learn more, visit medlineplus.gov or  schedule a consultation today at Cosmetic Laser Dermatology.

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PicoWay and Clear & Brilliant lasers for treatment of hyperpigmentation by Dr. Wu. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. PicoWay with Clear & Brilliant lasers for treatment of brown spots by Dr. Wu
PicoWay with Clear & Brilliant for treatment of hyperpigmentation by Dr. Wu. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. PicoWay with Clear & Brilliant laser to treat brown spots by Dr. Wu
PicoWay and Clear & Brilliant lasers for treatment of hyperpigmentation by Dr. Wu. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. PicoWay with Clear & Brilliant laser treatment for hyperpigmentation by Dr. Wu
Intracel RF microneedling for treatment of hyperpigmentation by Dr. Wu. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Intracel RF Microneedling to treat hyperpigmentation by Dr. Wu
Intracel RF microneedling for treatment of hyperpigmentation by Dr. Wu. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Intracel RF microneedling for treating hyperpigmentation by Dr. Wu
Actual un-retouched patient before and after Fraxel Dual to treat sun damage and rejuvenate the skin by Dr. Boen. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after Fraxel Dual to treat sun damage and rejuvenate the skin by Dr. Boen
Actual un-retouched patient before and after Fraxel Dual to treat sun damage and rejuvenate the skin by Dr. Boen. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after Fraxel Dual to treat sun damage and rejuvenate the skin by Dr. Boen
Actual un-retouched patient before and after Fraxel Dual to treat sun damage and rejuvenate the skin by Dr. Boen. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after Fraxel Dual to treat sun damage and rejuvenate the skin by Dr. Boen
Actual un-retouched patient before and after laser resurfacing to treat sun damage by Dr. Groff. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and 2 months after laser resurfacing to treat sun damage by Dr. Groff
Actual un-retouched patient before and after Fraxel Dual and Alexandrite laser to rejuvenate the hands by Dr. Groff. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after Fraxel Dual and Alexandrite laser to rejuvenate the hands by Dr. Groff
Unretouched photos of patient before and after Fraxel Dual and Alexandrite laser to rejuvenate the hands by Dr. Groff. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after Fraxel Dual and Alexandrite laser to rejuvenate the hands by Dr. Groff
Actual unretouched patient before and 5 months after laser resurfacing for skin rejuvenation by Dr. Groff. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and 5 months after laser resurfacing for skin rejuvenation by Dr. Groff
Actual unretouched patient before and after Fraxel Dual and Vbeam to treat sun damage and rejuvenate the skin by Dr. Fabi. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after Fraxel Dual and Vbeam for skin rejuvenation by Dr. Fabi
Actual unretouched patient before and after Vbeam and Fraxel Dual to treat sun damage and rejuvenate the skin by Dr. Fabi. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after Vbeam and Fraxel Dual to rejuvenate the skin by Dr. Fabi
Actual unretouched patient before and after Vbeam and Fraxel Dual to rejuvenate the skin by Dr. Fabi. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after Vbeam and Fraxel Dual to rejuvenate the skin by Dr. Fabi
Actual unretouched patient before and after laser resurfacing to rejuvenate the mouth and lower face by Dr. Wu. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after laser resurfacing to rejuvenate the mouth and lower face by Dr. Wu
Actual unretouched patient before and after laser resurfacing to rejuvenate the mouth and lower face by Dr. Wu. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after laser resurfacing to rejuvenate the mouth and lower face by Dr. Wu
Actual unretouched patient before and after laser resurfacing to rejuvenate the skin by Dr. Wu. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after laser resurfacing to rejuvenate the skin by Dr. Wu
Actual unretouched patient before and after PicoWay laser to treat sun spots by Dr. Wu. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after PicoWay laser to treat sun spots by Dr. Wu
Actual unretouched patient before and after Clear + Brilliant to treat pigmentation and sun damage by Dr. Boen. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after Clear + Brilliant to treat pigmentation and sun damage by Dr. Boen
Actual unretouched patient before and after IPL photofacial and Alexandrite laser to rejuvenate the chest by Dr. Boen. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after IPL photofacial and Alexandrite laser to rejuvenate the chest by Dr. Boen
Actual unretouched patient before and after IPL photofacial to treat sun damage on the chest by Dr. Wu. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after IPL photofacial to treat sun damage on the chest by Dr. Wu
“Actual un-retouched patient before and after IPL for skin rejuvenation on the chest by Dr. Wu. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed.” Before and after IPL to remove brown spots by Dr. Wu
Actual unretouched patient before and after QS Alexandrite laser treatment for lentigo by Dr. Boen. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after QS Alexandrite laser treatment for lentigo by Dr. Boen
Actual unretouched patient before and 4 months after using the Alexandrite laser to treat sun damage by Dr. Groff. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after Alexandrite laser for sun damage by Dr. Groff
Actual unretouched patient before and 4 months after Alexandrite laser treatment by Dr. Groff. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and After Alexandrite Laser by Dr. Groff
Actual unretouched patient before and 1 month after the Alexandrite laser for hand rejuvenation by Dr. Groff. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after Alexandrite Laser for hand rejuvenation by Dr. Groff
Actual unretouched patient before and 4 months after Fraxel Dual and Alexandrite laser for skin rejuvenation by Dr. Groff. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after Fraxel Dual and Alexandrite lasers to repair sun damage and rejuvenate the skin by Dr. Groff
Actual unretouched patient before and after laser resurfacing to rejuvenate the skin by Dr. Groff. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after laser resurfacing to rejuvenate the skin by Dr. Groff
Actual unretouched patient before and after Alexandrite laser to treat sun damage and rejuvenate the skin by Dr. Groff. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after Alexandrite laser to treat sun damage and rejuvenate the skin by Dr. Groff
Actual unretouched patient before and after Fraxel Dual and Alexandrite laser for chest rejuvenation by Dr. Groff. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after Fraxel Dual and Alexandrite laser for chest rejuvenation by Dr. Groff
Actual unretouched patient before and after Fraxel Restore for sun damage and skin rejuvenation by Dr. Fabi. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after Fraxel Re:store for sun damage and skin rejuvenation by Dr. Fabi
Actual unretouched patient before and after Fraxel Restore to rejuvenate the face and neck by Dr. Groff. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after Fraxel Re:store to rejuvenate the face and neck by Dr. Groff
Actual unretouched patient before and after Fraxel Restore and IPL photofacial for skin rejuvenation by Dr. Fabi. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after Fraxel Re:store and IPL photofacial for skin rejuvenation by Dr. Fabi
Actual un-retouched patient before and 2 months after laser skin resurfacing around the eyes by Dr. Groff. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after laser resurfacing around the eyes by Dr. Groff
Actual unretouched patient before and 2 months after laser resurfacing to treat sun damage by Dr. Groff. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after laser resurfacing for sun damage by Dr. Groff
Actual unretouched patient before and 2 months after laser resurfacing to treat sun damage by Dr. Groff. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after laser resurfacing for sun damage by Dr. Groff
Actual unretouched patient before and 2 months after laser resurfacing to treat sun damage by Dr. Groff. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and After laser resurfacing for sun damage by Dr. Groff
Actual unretouched patient before and 2 months after laser resurfacing around the eyes by Dr. Groff. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after laser resurfacing around the eyes by Dr. Groff
Actual unretouched patient before and after laser resurfacing around the eyes by Dr. Groff. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and After laser resurfacing around the eyes by Dr. William Groff
Actual unretouched patient before and after laser resurfacing around the eyes by Dr. Groff. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after laser resurfacing for sun damage and aging by Dr. William Groff
Actual unretouched patient before and after CO2, Erbium Yag and Microlipo for facial rejuvenation and contouring by Dr. Boen. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after CO2, Erbium Yag and Microlipo by Dr. Boen
Actual unretouched patient before and after CO2, Erbium Yag laser and micro lipo for facial rejuvenation and sculpting by Dr. Boen. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after CO2, Erbium Yag laser and micro lipo by Dr. Boen
Actual unretouched patient before and after CO2, Erbium Yag laser resurfacing and micro lipo for skin rejuvenation and facial contouring by Dr. Boen. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after CO2 and Erbium Yag laser resurfacing, and micro lipo by Dr. Boen
Actual unretouched patient before and after Vbeam, Fraxel Dual, and Dysport by Dr. Fabi. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after Vbeam, Fraxel Dual, and Dysport by Dr. Fabi
Actual unretouched patient before and after photodynamic therapy for skin rejuvenation by Dr. Wu. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after photodynamic therapy for skin rejuvenation by Dr. Wu
Actual unretouched patient before and after Fraxel Dual and Q-switched Alexandrite laser for skin rejuvenation by Dr. Groff. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after Fraxel Dual and Q-switched Alexandrite laser by Dr. Groff
Actual unretouched patient before and after Fraxel Dual and Q-switched Alexandrite laser for skin rejuvenation by Dr. Groff. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after Fraxel Dual and Q-Switched Alexandrite laser treatment by Dr. Groff
Actual unretouched patient before and 3 months after laser resurfacing for skin rejuvenation by Dr. Groff. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after laser resurfacing for skin rejuvenation by Dr. Groff
Unretouched photos of patient before and after combination laser treatment for skin rejuvenation by Dr. Groff. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after combination laser procedure by Dr. Groff
Unretouched photos of patient before and after combination laser treatment for skin rejuvenation by Dr. Groff. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after combination laser treatment for skin rejuvenation by Dr. Groff
Unretouched photos of patient before and after combination laser treatment for skin rejuvenation by Dr. Groff. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after combination laser treatment for skin rejuvenation by Dr. Groff
Unretouched photos of patient before and after IPL and Picoway laser treatment to address sun damage to the face by Dr. Butterwick. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after IPL and Picoway laser treatments for skin rejuvenation by Dr. Butterwick
Unretouched photos of patient before and after IPL and Picoway laser treatments for skin rejuvenation by Dr. Wu. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after Picoway laser and IPL to treat sun damage by Dr. Wu
Unretouched photos of patient before and after IPL and Picoway laser treatments to treat sun damage by Dr. Wu. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after Picoway and IPL to treat sun damage by Dr. Wu
Actual un-retouched patient before and after of Picoway and IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) laser treatments  for sun damage by Dr. Wu. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after Picoway and IPL laser to treat sun damage by Dr. Wu
Actual un-retouched patient before and after of combination treatment using Vbeam, Fraxel Dual and Dysport by Dr. Fabi. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after combination treatment using Vbeam, Fraxel Dual & Dysport by Dr. Fabi
Actual un-retouched patient before and after of combination treatment using Vbeam, Fraxel Dual and Dysport by Dr. Fabi. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after combination treatment using Vbeam, Fraxel Dual & Dysport by Dr. Fabi
Actual un-retouched patient before and after of combination laser therapy treatment with IPL and the PicoWay by Dr. Butterwick. Before and after combination laser treatment using IPL and PicoWay by Dr. Butterwick
Actual un-retouched patient before and after IPL and PicoWay laser treatment to address sun damage by Dr. Butterwick. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after PicoWay and IPL to treat sun damage by Dr. Butterwick
Actual un-retouched patient before and after of photodynamic therapy to treat sun damage by Dr. Wu. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after photodynamic therapy for sun damage by Dr. Wu
Actual un-retouched patient before and after of photodynamic therapy for sun damage by Dr. Wu. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after photodynamic therapy for sun damage by Dr. Wu
Actual un-retouched patient before and after Fraxel Dual and Alexandrite laser treatment for hyperpigmentation with Dr. Groff. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after Fraxel Dual and Alexandrite laser treatment by Dr. Groff
Actual un-retouched patient before and after photodynamic therapy for pre-cancerous lesions and facial redness by Dr. Butterwick. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed Before and after photodynamic therapy for pre-cancerous lesions and facial redness by Dr. Butterwick
Actual un-retouched patient before and after laser resurfacing for skin rejuvenation by Dr. Groff. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed Before and after laser resurfacing for skin rejuvenation by Dr. Groff.
Actual un-retouched patient before and after photodynamic therapy for pre-cancerous lesions and facial redness. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed Before and after photodynamic therapy for pre-cancerous lesions and facial redness by Dr. Butterwick
Actual un-retouched patient before and after VBeam and Co2 laser treatment to address pigmentation and skin redness by Dr. Groff. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed Before and after VBeam and Co2 laser to treat pigmentation and skin redness by Dr. Groff
Actual un-retouched patient before and after Fraxel Dual treatment to reduce skin discoloration by Dr. Groff. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed Before and after Fraxel Dual for skin pigmentation by Dr. Groff
Actual un-retouched patient before and after PicoWay and Fraxel Dual laser treatment for skin pigmentation by Dr. Wu. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed Before and after PicoWay and Fraxel Dual laser treatment by Dr. Wu
Actual un-retouched patient before and after of Fraxel Dual and Alexandrite laser treatment to address skin pigmentation with Dr. Groff. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after Fraxel Dual and Alexandrite laser to treat skin pigmentation with Dr. Groff
Actual un-retouched patient before and after laser resurfacing for facial rejuvenation by Dr. Fabi. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed Before and after laser resurfacing for facial rejuvenation with Dr. Fabi
Actual un-retouched patient before and after IPL photofacial to treat sun damage by Dr. Groff Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed Before and after IPL photofacial to treat sun damage by Dr. Groff
Actual un-retouched patient before and after of IPL for sun damage on the chest by Dr. Groff. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after IPL photofacial to treat sun damage on the chest by Dr. Groff
Actual un-retouched patient before and after Fraxel treatment for brown spots by Dr. Groff. Disclaimer: Results are not guaranteed. Before and after Fraxel treatment to address hyperpigmentation by Dr. Groff
Actual un-retouched patient before and after CO2 laser to treat sun damage by Dr. Wu. Disclaimer: Results are not guaranteed. Before and after CO2 laser treatment for skin rejuvenation by Dr. Wu
Actual un-retouched patient before and after IPL, Voluma and Dysport to treat redness and aging symptoms by Dr. Fabi. Disclaimer: Results are not guaranteed. Before and after IPL, Voluma and Dysport treatment by Dr. Fabi
Actual un-retouched patient before and after of Fraxel Dua and Alexandrite laser treatment for pigmentation by Dr. Groff. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after Fraxel Dual and Alexandrite laser treatment for pigmentation by Dr. Groff
Actual un-retouched Take10 patient before and after Botox injections and laser resurfacing to treat sun damage by Dr. Groff. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Take10! Before and after laser resurfacing and Botox injections for facial rejuvenation by Dr. Groff
Actual un-retouched patient before and after ResurFX laser to treat sun damage and rejuvenate the skin by Dr. Fabi. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after ResurFX laser to treat sun damage and rejuvenate the skin by Dr. Fabi
Actual un-retouched patient before and after Sculptra, IPL, Volbella, Clear + Brilliant and Dysport for facial rejuvenation by Dr. Fabi. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after Sculptra, IPL, Volbella, Clear + Brilliant and Dysport for facial rejuvenation by Dr. Fabi
Actual un-retouched patient before and after Radiesse and Belotero injections to reduce wrinkles by Dr. Fabi. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after Radiesse and Belotero injections to reduce wrinkles by Dr. Fabi
Actual un-retouched patient before and after Radiesse and Belotero injections for wrinkle reduction by Dr. Fabi. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after Radiesse and Belotero injections for wrinkle reduction by Dr. Fabi
Actual un-retouched patient before and after Radiesse and Belotero injections for wrinkle reduction by Dr. Fabi. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after Radiesse and Belotero injections for wrinkle reduction by Dr. Fabi
Actual un-retouched patient before and after Dysport, Voluma and IPL for facial rejuvenation by Dr. Fabi. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after Dysport, Voluma, and IPL for facial rejuvenation by Dr. Fabi
Actual un-retouched patient before and after Ulthera treatment for chest wrinkles by Dr. Fabi. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after Ulthera treatment to reduce chest wrinkles by Dr. Fabi
Actual un-retouched patient before and after Fraxel & Alexandrite treatment to address sun damage and brown spots by Dr. Groff. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after Fraxel and Alexandrite lasers to remove sun damage and brown spots by Dr. Groff
Actual un-retouched patient before and after Laser ResurFX treatment for facial rejuvenation by Dr. Goldman. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after ResurFX laser for skin rejuvenation by Dr. Goldman
Actual un-retouched patient before and after IPL photofacial treatment for facial rejuvenation by Dr. Wu. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after IPL photofacial for skin rejuvenation by Dr. Wu
Actual un-retouched patient before and after Picoway laser treatment for brown spots and sun damage by Dr. Wu. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after PicoWay laser treatment for brown spots and sun damage by Dr. Wu
Actual un-retouched patient before and after IPL and Picoway laser treatment for brown spots by Dr. Wu. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after IPL and Picoway laser to treat brown spots by Dr. Wu
Actual un-retouched patient before and after Sciton laser treatment for dark spots by Dr. Goldman. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after Sciton laser to treat dark spots by Dr. Goldman
Actual un-retouched patient before and after laser treatment for sun damage and hyperpigmentation by Dr. Groff. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after laser resurfacing to treat sun damage and hyperpigmentation by Dr. Groff
Actual un-retouched patient before and after Co2 and Erbium laser treatment for facial rejuvenation by Dr. Groff. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after Co2 and Erbium laser treatment for facial rejuvenation by Dr. Groff
Actual un-retouched patient before and after Clear + Brilliant laser treatment for sun damage and brown spots by Dr. Wu. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after Clear + Brilliant treatment for sun damage and brown spots by Dr. Wu
Actual un-retouched patient before and after Fraxel Dual and IPL photofacial for facial rejuvenation by Dr. Fabi. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after Fraxel Dual and IPL photofacial for photo rejuvenation by Dr. Fabi
Actual un-retouched patient before and after Fraxel Dual laser to treat pigmentation and sun damage by Dr. Groff. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after Fraxel Dual to treat pigmentation and sun damage by Dr. Groff
Actual un-retouched patient before and after Fraxel laser to treat sun damage and pigmentation by Dr. Groff. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after Fraxel Dual to treat sun damage and pigmentation by Dr. Groff
Actual un-retouched patient before and after laser resurfacing treatment to rejuvenate the skin by Dr. Groff. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after laser resurfacing to rejuvenate the skin by Dr. Groff
Actual un-retouched patient before and after Fraxel Dual laser and filler treatment for sun damage and wrinkles by Dr. Wu. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after Fraxel Dual and filler injections to reduce wrinkles and treat sun damage by Dr. Wu
Actual un-retouched patient before and after IPL, Vbeam and Alexandrite laser treatment for chest rejuvenation by Dr. Groff. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after IPL, Vbeam and Alexandrite laser treatment for chest rejuvenation by Dr. Groff
Actual un-retouched patient before and after IPL photofacial to treat hyperpigmentation and sun damage by Dr. Goldman. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after IPL photofacial to treat hyperpigmentation and sun damage by Dr. Goldman
Actual un-retouched patient before and after Fraxel Dual treatment for melasma by Dr. Fabi. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after Fraxel Dual to treat melasma by Dr. Fabi
Actual un-retouched patient before and after Fraxel Dual to treat melasma by Dr. Groff. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after Fraxel Dual to treat melasma by Dr. Groff
Actual un-retouched patient before and after laser resurfacing to rejuvenate the skin by Dr. Groff. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after laser resurfacing to rejuvenate the skin by Dr. Groff

Videos

Patient Testimonial: Active/Deep FX Laser Resurfacing (1:02)
IPL Photofacial Treatment in San Diego (2:41)
Treating Brown Spots with Alexandrite Laser (5:46)
Split Face Laser Treatment for Sun Damage (14:29)
IPL Photofacial (2:31)
Melasma During Pregnancy Dr. Goldman (3:13)

FAQs

Q: What is the best treatment for hyperpigmentation?

A: Because various degrees of hyperpigmentation exist, there is no one-size-fits-all solution. It all depends on your goals, condition, and the extent or severity of the pigmentation. However, at Cosmetic Laser Dermatology, we offer a range of highly advanced systems, including PicoSure, Picoway, IPL, Q-switched Ruby and Alexandrite lasers and Fraxel Dual, which deliver the best, most consistent results.

Q: How long before my treatment shows results?

A: This depends on the type of treatment you choose to undergo. Sometimes a single visit can show the noticeable results you want, while at other times, 2-3 treatments are necessary. You can see noticeable results in hours or days in some cases, while in others, it can take months for the full effects show. Discuss your unique needs and goals with a dedicated dermatologist to determine which treatment can provide you with the best results.

Q: Who should perform laser treatments for pigment conditions?

A: To ensure you receive the safest, most effective results possible, you should always get laser treatments from a board-certified dermatologist. At Cosmetic Laser Dermatology, our board-certified doctors have the training, experience, and skill necessary to help you achieve the aesthetic results you want as well as lower the risks of permanent laser damage.

Q: Does Cosmetic Laser Dermatology conduct clinical trials regarding pigment conditions?

A: Yes. Cosmetic Laser Dermatology is renowned for its participation in new clinical trials. For more information about trials we are currently conducting, please visit our research page and contact our office today.

Q: Am I a good candidate for laser treatment or a chemical peel?

A: This can be confirmed during your initial consultation with our dermatologists. At that time, you can share your concerns and ask questions to learn about the best treatment for you. Since both procedures are safe, effective ways to address skin conditions and maintain healthy skin, neither you nor we will know which is best until we meet with you to learn your goals and assess your condition.

Q: What is the best treatment for melasma?

A: To determine the best treatment, it is important to meet you in person and discuss your case, in general, there are two safe, effective methods – fractional laser resurfacing and intense pulsed laser (IPL) with a medicated cream. The cream is better absorbed by the microscopic holes in your skin from the fractionated laser treatment while the IPL is better for treating the vascular aspect of melasma.

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