How many treatments will I need?
It depends on the skin—and how the brown spots you have, but expect that you will need one to several treatments over the course of several weeks or months. But keep in mind, these brown spots will come back as soon as you go out in the sun unprotected—why daily broad-spectrum sunscreen is essential.
I used to get a lot of sun, but now I avoid the sun. Why am I still getting brown spots?
The skin remembers all that sun damage from years ago—and, in fact, it’s that prior, extensive sun exposure that’s causing your brown spots to appear now. The fact that you’re avoiding the sun now is important; after you have your brown spots treated, they won’t come back if you continue to stay out of the sun and wear daily, broad-spectrum sun protection.
How can I tell if a brown spot is harmless—or cancer?
Most age spots are harmless and don’t require medical care. But if they change in appearance, have a dermatologist evaluate them right away, particularly if the spot is darkly pigmented; has changed in size or shape; has an irregular border; has an unusual combination of colors; and/or is accompanied by itching, redness, tenderness, and/or bleeding. We always recommend a yearly full body check for new spots as a precaution, as there are areas of the body that you yourself cannot see.