When patients come into DSA Dermatology with complaints of brown spots on the face, they may be dealing with hyperpigmentation of the skin. Hyperpigmentation can cause areas of melanin to darken, resulting in brown spots, sometimes called:
- Age spots
- Liver spots
These areas are often caused by sun damage and age and develop over time on parts of the face and body that are commonly exposed to the sun, including the neck, shoulders, and hands. These spots are often darker than the rest of the skin and may develop on their own or in clusters, like freckles. Regardless of the cause or severity, the team at DSA Dermatology has the best treatment options available. We can develop a personalized treatment plan for our patients to assist them in reducing and even eliminating these areas of hyperpigmentation.
Below are a few standard treatment options recommended for patients dealing with hyperpigmentation of the skin:
- Topical medications for lightening the skin
- Chemical peels for removing damaged skin
- Microdermabrasion for effective exfoliation of the skin
- Laser therapies to target melanin and reduce darkening
- Sun protection to keep current spots from getting worse or increasing
Which treatment is right for me?
Several factors may impact the treatment chosen for a specific patient, including the severity of their brown spots, the location, and the patient’s budget. Drs. Achtman and McConnell of DSA Dermatology often start with the most conservative and affordable treatment, such as topical medications that are used for lightening melanin on the skin. If not enough, our team may then suggest other treatment options, including chemical peels, microdermabrasion, and laser therapies. In addition, all patients will benefit from education on sun protection. Many areas of pigmentation are sun damage that occurs with time. With proper skincare protection, most patients can greatly reduce their risk of developing brown spots in the future, while keeping current spots from becoming darker. Sun protection includes avoiding sun exposure outside and tanning beds while protecting the skin from everyday UV exposure with sunblock.
How can I avoid the development of brown spots on the face and body?
Some highly pigmentated areas are just a natural part of aging, but those caused by sun exposure can be avoided with proper sun protection when outdoors. This includes the use of a high SPF sunscreen every day on all exposed areas. Patients should also avoid direct sun exposure during the time of day when the sun’s rays are the highest, typically between the hours of 10 am and 4 pm. Talk to our team today about how to care for your skin and reduce brown spot development.
Request an appointment today with Drs. Achtman and McConnell to discuss your options
Develop a personalized treatment plan with the team at DSA Dermatology in Plano, TX. Discuss solutions for brown spots on the face and body. Our staff is here to help with this and other cosmetic and medical dermatology needs. Our office is located at 5072 W. Plano Pkwy, Suite 150, Plano and can be reached by calling (972) 362-9567. We are accepting new patients and families into our practice.
Why Choose DSA Dermatology?
At DSA Dermatology, we bring to you the best of not one but three leading dermatologists in Plano TX,
Dr. Achtman is a board-certified Dermatologist with over three decades of experience. Having graduated from the medical school of McMaster University, he also studied at the UTSW Medical Center in Dallas, TX where he also served as Chief Resident in the Department of Dermatology. In addition to possessing extensive training and experience in cosmetic enhancement techniques, Dr. Achtman is widely known as a leading expert in the diagnosis and treatment of various skin cancers. He is an active member of the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery. Dr. Achtman goes the extra mile to understand your medical concerns and to ensure that he helps you meet your unique aesthetic goals.
Dr. Carmine G. McConnell is a board-certified physician in Plano TX. Having been trained at McMaster University, Canada, she went on to earn her board certification in Texas. Having served as Chief of Staff of her department at Plano Medical Center, she has over two decades of experience in practicing medicine in her practice and while assisting Dr. Achtman in the practice of dermatology. In addition to her extensive postgraduate training in laser therapy and aesthetic surgery, among other procedures, she possesses vast experience in both cosmetic dermatological techniques and family medicine. As a conscientious and caring physician, Dr. McConnell provides her patients with customized non-surgical treatments to help address health and aesthetic concerns related to the skin. She is also keen on helping patients understand their skin and how it can be cared for and protected.
Dr. Jordan Achtman is a board-certified dermatologist in DSA Dermatology at Plano, TX. Dr. J. Achtman graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and completed his residency in dermatology at UT Southwestern. His expertise spans general, surgical, and cosmetic dermatology. Dr. J. Achtman also has various special interests including chronic itch, infectious diseases of the skin, and the relationship between mental health and skin health. He is also very keen on helping patients form healthy skincare regimens and habits. In the hands of Dr. J. Achtman, you can be assured of innovative and cutting edge solutions for all your skin concerns.