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Black Spots on Skin: Treatment, Procedure, Cost and Side Effects

What is the treatment? How is the treatment done? Who is eligible for the treatment? (When is the treatment done?) Who is not eligible for the treatment? Are there any side effects? What are the post-treatment guidelines? How long does it take to recover? Are the results of the treatment permanent? What are the alternatives to the treatment?

What is the treatment?

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How is the treatment done?

The black spots on your skin are signs of aging and sun exposure. These spots are also caused by high pollution of melanin pigments. The ultraviolet rays of the sun might also cause these black spots on your skin. The black spots can occur on your face, on your hands, shoulders and also on your forearms. Age is an important factor for the black spots that occur. The skin becomes more prone to these conditions with aging and the melanin pigments of your body do not function properly. These spots come in patches and might be dark brown and black in color. However the black spots on your skin or age spots are not harmful to your skin, neither do they cause any health issues and they do not require specific treatment. However people seek for treatment for better appearances. Sometimes it might be suspected that the dark area or a patch isn’t an age spot then the medical experts can perform a biopsy to confirm the results. They will remove a piece of your skin and check for skin cancer or other abnormalities. Sometimes these black spots may be a sign of skin cancer and can spread over your skin gradually.

Who is eligible for the treatment? (When is the treatment done?)

There are many procedures by which the age spots can be reduced and removed. The most common form of treatment is the application of medicinal bleaching creams. These creams help the spot to fade away gradually. Other medical procedures includes a procedure of intense pulsed light treatment, in this procedure a specific kind of light is passed on your affected area of the skin and targets the melanin pigments to cure the breakup spots. Chemical peels are also an effective way to cure the problem of spots. The outer layer of the skin is removed so that new skin can be grown back gradually (derambrasion). There is also a system of cryosurgery where liquid nitrogen helps to freeze the specific age spots. It should be noted that no cosmetic can cure age spots, it can only cover these spots for a specific period of time. Certain ointments are prescribed that help to reduce the inflammated pores of your skin and reduce the chances of developing the black spots on your skin. Sometimes if the condition is not that severe, you can avoid the process of treatment as it might be a mere case of melanin disorder which is pretty common with aging.

Who is not eligible for the treatment?

If you have black patches on various parts of your skin then you are eligible for this condition’s treatment. The dark patches might appear to be dark brown and black and they can spread over time to time, if you notice this symptom then consult your medical expert.

Are there any side effects?

There are no specific conditions where you are not eligible for the treatment, however, you should consult with your medical expert to be on the safe side.

What are the post-treatment guidelines?

The side effects for the treatment are quite low. Common side effects may involve irritation, redness of the skin etc. There are instances where you might not be comfortable with a certain lotion or a cream and you might develop skin allergies from it as well.

How long does it take to recover?

You should avoid direct sun exposure if you notice that the patches are coming back for the same. In that case you should use sunscreen lotions of minimum SPF 30. You should also continue with the medicinal bleachers and ointments. If your black spots are still coming back then consult with your dermatologist.

Are the results of the treatment permanent?

The price of the treatment including therapies and the medications range from Rs. 2,000 to Rs. 30,000.

What are the alternatives to the treatment?

To obtain the finest results, you need to give it some time. However, with proper therapies and medications the results are permanent unless you are very old and the melanin pigments of your body do not respond to the medications.

Popular Questions & Answers

I have black dots like on my hand I use to have those from my childhood on my both hands but now for only right hand pls give solutions to solve it?

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I am sorry to hear about your concern, but I will be happy to assist you. Also called sunspots, solar lentigines, or liver spots, people can develop dark spots on their skin after being exposed to the sun or tanning beds. Let's connect over a call...

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Ohkay 1st do not use harsh products like baking soda or toothpaste. 2nd for the patch it needs proper examination and care. Only creams may reduce the patch but you may need combination treatment like creams ,tablets, and laser treatment.

My face comes brown dots in nose and cheeks. And also black patches in cheek. Now i. Am in menopause stage. Also uterus and ovary pcod problem. I have applied somany creams. But skin becomes lite. So what can I do.

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