Over time, sun exposure, environmental pollutants, and the process of aging can leave skin mottled with brown spots and other lesions. Men and women across the Westlake, Lorain, and Middleburg Heights, OH area achieve more youthful-looking skin with customized treatment for these conditions at Associates in Dermatology.
Brown patches on the skin
Age spots, sunspots, liver spots, freckles, hyperpigmentation, and melasma – these are all names for the discoloration caused by abnormal clustering of melanin in superficial skin layers. Melanin consists of pigmented cells intended to be dispersed evenly to protect skin from normal exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays. Too much UV exposure damages the DNA in skin cells, triggering spotty melanin. The marks are usually harmless, but they mar and age the appearance of skin.
A lesion is an area of abnormal change in the tissue, whether caused by disease or injury. Therefore, brown spots are a type of lesion. However, we tend to use this term more often with regard to lesions on the face such as:
- The raised dark bumps of dermatosis papulosa nigra
- Dark, waxy seborrheic kearatosis
- Enlarged oil glands called sebaceous hyperplasia
- Tiny white milia epidermoid cysts
Cancer lesions and precancerous conditions ( seborrheic keratosis ) can mimic the appearance of many benign conditions, so it is important to have all lesions checked by a dermatologist.
Similar conditions can also develop inside the mouth. Lesions here are often referred to as cold sores (fever blisters), canker sores, or ulcers. With specialized training in disorders of mucous membranes, a dermatologist is well-qualified to treat these conditions.
Personalized treatment for brown spots and lesions in Westlake, OH
With seven experienced providers and the latest technological instruments, at Associates in Dermatology treatment for brown spots and lesions is never one-size-fits-all. We take time to make a thorough diagnosis and to understand your medical history and lifestyle before designing an individualized treatment plan.
To remove brown spots on the face, we may recommend topical hydroquinone or retinoids, a series of chemical peels, or IPL (intense pulsed light) therapy. Brown spots on the legs respond well to bleaching creams and cryotherapy (freezing). Laser brown spot removal and elimination of benign lesions using our CO2 system can be performed on virtually any area of the body.
For an even skin tone, you can feel proud of, call Associates in Dermatology – (440) 482-8323.