Dark spots that appear on the skin over the years are of concern to women almost more than the loss of skin firmness. Several non-surgical techniques allow you to find a beautiful complexion. Advice from our experts.
Spots are mostly on the face
Exposed daily to UV, the face is the most affected area.
For so-called “superficial” stains, such as lentigines or sun spots, the Q-switched pigment laser remains the reference. “It sends ultra-powerful energy over a very small area, in a very short time”, explains Dr Hervé Brunet, dermatologist. “Two to three sessions are enough with a crust that falls off after a week to give way to brand new skin”, specifies Dr Dominique Serre. At 150 euros on average per session, it is very effective.
The new lasers have the advantage of having a faster typing speed, allowing a reduction in the number of sessions and faster healing. The spots disappear immediately. Its price is higher, 350 euros, but one session is enough.
Be careful, these lasers are not suitable for melasmas, nor for dark to dark skin, because of a possible pigment rebound: spots re-form or even appear on an untreated area.
The spots are mostly on the hands
Our hands betray our experiences as well as our negligence by what we call “Age spots” !
The recommended technique is cryotherapy. “We apply directly from liquid nitrogen on the pigment, so that the stain freezes, explains Dr Serre. The skin is then pink, sometimes with blisters, but it heals after a few weeks. “
We can blame this technique for sometimes leaving marks or scars, “Hence the interest of multiplying the sessions – 2 to 3 in general – to gradually depigment without taking any risk ”, adds the specialist.
From 80 to 120 euros per session, but this technique should be avoided on dark skin. If there are many small spots, the doctor is more likely to suggest the Q-switched laser.
Stains dot the neckline
In this fragile area, redness mingle with the little ones brown marks. The spots are indeed often associated with a diffuse redness caused by previous sunburns.
” The flash lamps make it possible to treat the area overall in 2 to 3 sessions depending on the extent of the photo-induced damage ”, notes Dr Nadine Pomarède, dermatologist. The light absorbed by the spots is transformed into heat, and thus causes the destruction of the responsible cells, the melanocytes. Count 200 to 250 euros per session. “This is followed by twice-daily application of a healing cream to the area, which turns brown for 5 days before fully recovering. “
“The treated sun spots don’t come back. But other spots can appear in other places of the face or the body, underlines Dr. Hervé Brunet. To prevent them, there is no other solution than sun protection, winter and summer, from 30 to 50 SPF ”.