Does Laser Treatment for Sunspots Work?


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Laser treatments can fade sunspots, also known as solar lentiginosis or age spots, by destroying pigment-producing melanocytes in the skin. Patients typically require several treatment sessions over several weeks or months, notes Mayo Clinic.

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Sunspots are benign brown spots formed by excess melanin pigment in the epidermis, or surface layer of the skin, according to Healthline. To fade sunspots by destroying the melanin-producing cells in the skin, the department of dermatology at Oregon Health & Science University supports the use of lasers including several types of Q-switched yttrium-aluminum-garnet, or YAG, and ruby lasers as well as the Lux1540 fractional laser.

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