Sun Damage And Scar Reduction Specialist

Integrative Laser Center of Washington

Board Certified Plastic Surgeon & Medical Spa located in Kirkland, WA

Whether it’s sunspots or acne scars, when you have blemishes on your face, it impacts how you feel about your skin and yourself. At Integrative Laser Center of Washington, located just east of Seattle in Kirkland, Washington, you can get med spa services that improve the look of your skin, including sun damage and scar reduction. The center’s medical director, board-certified plastic surgeon Bryan C. McIntosh, MD leads the team with innovative treatments and cutting-edge procedures. Call today or go online to schedule your initial consultation and be one step closer to looking younger.

Sun Damage and Scar Reduction Q & A

Integrative Laser Center of Washington

What causes sunspots?

Sunspots -- also known as age spots, liver spots, and solar lentigines -- are harmless dark spots that form after spending too much time in the sun for many years. They usually develop as flat oval shapes on areas regularly exposed to the sun, including your:

  • Face
  • Shoulders
  • Arms
  • Back

In most cases, these spots are tan, brown, or black.

Extended exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun increases the activity of cells that create pigment, leading to an excess of melanin, a naturally occurring skin pigment. This surplus of melanin clumps together and forms sunspots.

What causes scarring?

Scars form as part of the healing process when your skin becomes injured.

Different types of scars develop differently on your skin. Keloid scars form from an over-abundance of healing and grow beyond the area of the original trauma. Hypertrophic scars are often red, raised scars that stay within the bounds of an injury.

Instead of rising above the skin, acne scars often form pitted scars. These scars tend to worsen if you pick at your pimples.

How are scars and sun damage treated?

Various factors go into the process of determining the best course of treatment for your sun damage and scarring.

For sun damage related to minor pigmentation and fine lines, the team at Integrative Laser Center of Washington may recommend intense pulsed light (IPL) treatments with the cutting-edge LimeLight device. Using light energy, LimeLight targets pigmentation and sun damage, destroying the cells and allowing your body to process and remove the darkening agent.

If you have severe sun damage or scars from acne or trauma, your aesthetician may suggest Laser Genesis™. Using state-of-the-art equipment, it stimulates a natural healing response in your skin by increasing collagen production and improving the tone, texture, and appearance of your skin.

The team also offers a full range of chemical peels that your skin specialist can customize to fit your specific needs. In other cases, they may recommend lightening creams to bleach dark spots or microdermabrasion to reduce the appearance of minor scars and sun damage.

To learn more about what treatments can improve your skin, making you feel and look better, call Integrative Laser Center of Washington or go online to schedule your initial consultation.