Pigmentation Specialist

Northstar Urgent Care

Primary Care Practice & Medical Spa located in Nazareth, PA

Whether they’re age spots or sunspots, areas of dark pigmentation on your face, chest, and hands can make you feel uncomfortable in your skin. When dark spots begin to affect your self-esteem, find a solution at Northstar Urgent Care in Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania. The professional and highly trained team uses innovative laser treatments to improve the tone and texture of your skin, creating a beautiful, uniform, and youthful appearance. Book your initial consultation or call the Northstar Urgent Care office to schedule.

Pigmentation Q & A

Northstar Urgent Care

What causes dark spots?

The overproduction of pigmented cells called melanin cause dark spots. In most cases, this excess pigment results from overexposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun.

After years of sun exposure, dark pigmentations referred to as age spots or sunspots form on areas often left uncovered, like your face, arms, hands, and chest.

If you’ve used tanning beds or lamps, you have an increased risk for dark spots.

Can dark spots be prevented?

You can slow the development of future sunspots with proper prevention focused on limiting sun exposure. The medical team at Northstar Urgent Care suggest that you:

  • Stay out of the sun from 10am to 2pm, when UV rays are at their strongest
  • Use broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30, and reapply every two hours
  • Cover your skin with UV protective clothing and wide-brim hats

How are dark spots treated?

At Northstar Urgent Care, the board-certified team uses the Cynosure® Icon® laser system to reduce the appearance of dark spots. The Icon laser uses fractionated laser light energy to penetrate deep into your skin, focusing its energy into the pigmented cells.

The laser energy destroys these cells, causing them to break into minuscule pieces that eventually get carried away by your body’s natural healing processes.

In other cases, your doctor may recommend laser skin resurfacing, also completed with the Icon laser system. This aesthetic treatment improves your skin’s texture and reduces the appearance of:

  • Age spots
  • Sun damage
  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Stretch marks
  • Acne scars
  • Traumatic and surgical scars

By creating micro-injuries on your skin, this rejuvenating skin treatment harnesses your body’s healing response to encourage the development of new, healthy skin. Your skin then looks smoother, tighter, and younger.

When can you expect results after laser treatment?

After spot treatments with the Icon laser, you can expect to start seeing results in a few weeks. The process of pigment removal takes time, and you won’t reach maximum results until three to four months after treatment.

In some cases, your doctor may recommend multiple treatments to help you gain optimal results. Appointments should be scheduled a minimum of four to six weeks apart to guarantee your skin heals between sessions.

If you’re ready to rid yourself of age spots, call Northstar Urgent Care today to schedule your appointment, or book it online now.