Pigmentation

Pigmentation


Welcome to Atlantic Dermatology, I’m Dr. Crane,
I’m a board certified dermatologist and I’m here to talk about unwanted pigmentation,
or unwanted dark spots. Many people have dark spots. Spots on their face, chest, arms, tops
of their hands, legs…anywhere on the body. Now if you have these spots and you don’t
like them, there are definitely excellent treatments for them, and we’ll often use a
laser, and this laser gives a burst of energy that pops away these pigmented spots. It really
works outstanding on the face, neck, chest, arms, tops of the hands, and we can make patients
look years younger and just wipe away these damaged spots. So it literally heats up those
dark spots and pops them and fries them and then they just fall and flake off and that’s
the end of it. So it’s pretty cool that it’s very very selective on the way it removes
certain spots. Now patients say “how does the laser know?” When it’s a hot summer day,
and you’re walking barefoot through a parking lot, if you’re walking on the black asphalt,
because it absorbs so much of the sun energy, it heats up quite a bit and you burn your
feet. But if you walk on the white lines, it’s a lot cooler because white doesn’t absorb
the energy and you don’t burn your feet, so this is exactly how the laser works. It selectively
damages certain areas. So if you have unwanted dark spots or spots over your arms, chest,
face, back, legs, anywhere on your body, then see your dermatologist.

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