You Don't Have to Live with Birthmarks or Other Pigmentation Issues

Are you tired of seeing unsightly dark spots or birthmarks when you look in the mirror? Have you tried creams and serums, but not found the results you’re looking for? 

Over time, exposure to the sun and environment can make dark spots more prominent. And while birthmarks, sunspots, and uneven pigmentation aren’t usually dangerous to your health, their appearance can make you feel self-conscious. 

At Petrin Dermatology in Redmond, Washington, we understand the frustration unwanted pigmentation brings. That’s why Dr. James Petrin and our experienced care team offer the latest in laser technology. If you’re seeking an effective treatment that delivers results fast, we can banish your birthmarks and other unwanted pigmentation with the intense pulsed light (IPL) therapy from the Palomar Icon® Laser.

Why do I have birthmarks and brown spots?

Birthmarks come in many forms and usually form due to an overgrowth cells that line blood vessels or even from placental proteins. Regardless of why they’re there, scientists agree that most birthmarks aren’t a cause for concern — at least not when it comes to your health. 

Brown spots, also called age spots or liver spots, develop as we age. The sun’s UV rays cause photoaging, or premature aging of the skin, in the form of spots and uneven pigmentation. The UV rays break down skin cells, triggering your body’s natural healing process. With age, your skin becomes depleted of the resources needed to repair the damage, like collagen and elastin. The result? Dark spots and uneven pigmentation. 

Intense pulsed light to the rescue! 

Petrin Dermatology uses intense pulsed light (IPL) delivered through the Palomar Icon laser by Cynosure®. This cutting-edge equipment allows Dr. Petrin and our team to target your specific pigment problems by directing multiple wavelengths of light energy at the tissue below the skin. 

As your cells absorb the energy, the pigmentation is disrupted, and the body’s natural production of collagen and elastin is triggered. Brown spots and other uneven pigmentation may look darker at first, but there’s no need to fear. After a few days, these areas begin to peel off, leaving fresh, new skin in their place. 

Side effects include slight swelling or redness immediately following treatment. These effects typically disappear within a few hours. You’ll be more prone to sunburn right after treatment, so be sure to use sunscreen and avoid direct sunlight and tanning beds. 

What results can I expect with the Palomar Icon laser?

In addition to reducing the appearance of birthmarks and other unwanted pigmentation issues, IPL with the Palomar Icon laser improves a number of other skin problems, including: 

Your entire Palomar Icon laser experience is customized for you. Most patients receive monthly treatments for 3-6 months, and each session takes less than 30 minutes. Results build gradually as treatment progresses, with peak results about 6-10 weeks after your final treatment.  

Ready to say goodbye to birthmarks and other dark spots?

If you’re ready to banish birthmarks and other brown spots, schedule your skin evaluation at Petrin Dermatology by calling our office at 425-483-7985 or booking an appointment online now! 

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