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How Can I Protect Myself From Melanoma?

Thursday, April 29th, 2021

If we have learned anything over the past year, living life “unprotected” can have serious consequences.  Since the pandemic has decreased our social options, many of us are spending more time than usual outside; this means more opportunity for sun exposure.  With the potential for removing masks in the very near future, I expect the time outside to continue to increase as we are able to loosen the social reins. It’s important to think ahead about protecting our skin from UV rays.  Skipping this simple step will not only cause pre-mature skin aging but can also lead to a devastating diagnoses of Melanoma.

Use multiple tools to help decrease sun exposure like applying and re-applying broad-spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreen every 2 hours, seeking shade, wearing a wide-brim UV protected sun hat and sunglasses, and limiting high-sun exposure time because it’s easy to over-look your next sunscreen application and end up with unintended sun exposure, especially when you are working outside or  having a great time with friends.  Did you know, according to the CDC, the occurrence of melanoma has doubled within the past three decades in the United States? One person now dies of melanoma every hour of every day.

May is Melanoma Awareness Month. Melanoma Month was put into place to encourage efforts to increase awareness about melanoma, the dangers of UV exposure, how to identify suspicious skin changes, and how to protect yourself and your family. UV exposure cannot only cause pre-mature aging such as wrinkles, lines, rough, uneven texture, brown spots and spider veins, but it primarily responsible for all forms of skin cancer.

What is Melanoma?

Melanoma is the most-deadly form of skin cancer.  It develops in pigment producing cells called melanocytes. While basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma are more common forms of skin cancer, melanoma takes more lives because it can quickly spread to other organ if it is not diagnosed and treated in the early stages.

 

What does melanoma look like? What should I look for?

  1. A spot, lesion, bump or mole that becomes painful, tender, itchy, or bleeds and doesn’t heal.
  2. Visual changes on the skin such as shape, color, size, flaking or bleeding of a new or existing spot.
  3. A spot, lesion, bump or mole that looks shiny, waxy or pale in color.
  4. Red bumps that become crusty and / or bleed.
  5. Red, flat spot that has a rough texture, is dry or scaly.
  6. One half of a mole or a pigmented spot that is an uneven shape (asymmetrical) or has irregular or ill-defined borders.

***This is just a list of SOME of the signs of melanoma, but it could appear differently on a case to case basis. See your doctor with any suspicious signs.

Which factors can put me at a higher risk for melanoma?

  1. Sun / UV exposure – Skin cancers are mostly the result of UV exposure, that includes both sun exposure and UV exposure from tanning beds and other tanning devices.
  2. Family history – If you have a family history of skin cancer, visit your dermatologist for frequent skin checks. 
  3. Skin type – while skin cancers are diagnosed much more frequently in lighter skin types, it often proves more deadly in darker skin types as the signs of skin cancer often do not appear on dark skin types until the later metastatic stages.

How can I protect myself from melanoma?

  1. Make UV protection a priority! Apply a broad-spectrum, UVA/UVB physical sunscreen generously every day of the year. Re-apply every two hours as needed when exposed. If you are swimming or sweating, re-apply every 80 minutes. Be generous with your sunscreen applications.  It takes one shot glass of sunscreen to cover the average body appropriately.
  2. LIMIT your sun exposure time. Applying sunscreen is not meant to be a free ticket to all day exposure.
  3. Wear GOOD UV protective sunglasses! UV exposure has also been linked to cataracts and other eye conditions.
  4. Wear a wide-brimmed, UV protected sun hat and seek shade.
  5. Wear UV protective clothing.
  6. Avoid sun exposure between 11am-3pm.
  7. Do frequent self-checks and visit your dermatologist with any suspicious changes.

Help us improve community knowledge about the dangers of UV radiation and decrease the number of lives effected or lost to melanoma by sharing this post on your social media platforms and sharing this knowledge with your friends and family.

 

Roxanne,

Skincare & Laser Specialist for

G.D. Castillo, MD, FACS

Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Center

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Pre & Post Microdermabrasion Treatment Instructions

Friday, April 17th, 2020

MICRODERABRASION

To maximize your results and recovery, please adhere to the following Microdermabrasion directives: Post-treatment instructions will be reviewed with you and may be modified depending on your individual situation.

Pre-Microdermabrasion Treatment Instructions:

  • Please discontinue all Retin-A, retinoids, tretinols, Alpha-Hydroxy Acids, Beta-Hydroxy Acids, exfoliating creams, lotions or treatments, skin lighteners, or topical acne products 5-7 days prior to treatment.
  • Please keep skin well hydrated prior to treatment. If your skin is too dry, your appointment may be rescheduled.
  • Please avoid unprotected sun exposure prior to treatment. If you arrive with too much sun exposure (e.i. – sunburn), your treatment will need to be rescheduled.
  • Avoid waxing of the area to be treated for at least 2 weeks prior to treatment.
  • Please refrain from chemical peels, or other skin procedures for 2-4 weeks depending on the procedure.
  • Please inform us of any outside or at-home skin treatments prior to treatment or in-between treatments.
  • If you have an active cold sore or suspect you may be developing one, please reschedule your appointment. If you have a moderate history of cold sore, you may consider beginning a prophylactic dose of prescription Valtrex, 3 days prior to your treatment to help avoid a break-out.

 

Post-Microdermabrasion Treatment Instructions:

  • Skincare products such as antioxidants, moisturizers and sunscreen will be applied at the end of treatment so you can immediately apply make-up if you choose to.
  • You can begin to cleanse your skin the evening of your microdermabrasion treatment. Avoid using cleansers that are drying to your skin or contain AHA’s, BHA’s, abrasives or exfoliants.
  • Keep your skin well moisturized.
  • Apply and re-apply the medical-grade sunscreen recommended for you each day. You will be more sensitive to the sun for at least 14 days. Avoid direct or unprotected sun exposure.
  • Please refrain from using OTC or medical-grade retinols, tretinols, benzyl peroxide, topical acne products, AHA’s and BHA’s for 3-4 days post-treatment or as instructed at your treatment.
  • You can typically resume the use of topical prescription Vitamin A products such as Retin-A, or Renova, or topical prescription acne productions such as Differen, Clindamycin, Epiduo, Tazorac etc. within 7 days after treatment or as instructed at your treatment.
  • Please refrain from picking or scratching of the treated areas as it can cause unsuspected injury or irritation.
  • In the event that flaking occurs, keeping the area well moisturized will reduce the effect.

 

Please call our office to get clarification for any questions or concerns you may have. (217) 359-7508.

 

Roxanne Grace Hammond
Skincare & Laser Specialist
G. D. Castillo, M.D.
COSMETIC PLASTIC SURGERY http://www.cosmeticplasticsurgery.com

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Monthly Microdermabrasion Club

Tuesday, March 24th, 2020

Well…join the club! We are all aging every day!  But, how apparent your signs of aging become is up to you.  Coco Channel once said “Nature gives you the face you have at twenty, it’s up to you to merit the face you have at fifty.”  I think that pretty much sums it up! Taking care of your skin through preventative maintenance can make all the different in your appearance.

For most, the signs of aging appear far sooner than we think they will, or at least far sooner than we are prepared for! Preventative maintenance like regularly scheduled in-office microdermabrasion is one way to slow that process and diminish the signs of aging.  A few years back, Dr. Castillo created a Monthly Microdermabrasion Club for the patients at Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Center to assist them with effective and economical way to improve and maintain their skin.

The Monthly Microdermabrasion Club has maintained its popularity because it offers considerable value to our patients.  It’s not just that you save about 40%  on your microdermabrasion treatments or that you receive exclusive monthly club member specials or that you see more and more improvement with each treatment, which let’s face it, those are all big incentives, but there is more that joining our Monthly Microdermabrasion Club has to offer!

Rather than going to a salon or spa, you are choosing to seek care in a cosmetic plastic surgery and skin rejuvenation center with a stellar reputation and extensive and continuing medically-based education. You get access to decades of skincare knowledge and experience and get to take a little scheduled time out to practice self-care!  It’s rejuvenating for both your skin and your spirit!

In addition, I will re-evaluate your skin at each visit to make sure you are progressing as planned and can help you with any adjustments you might need to make with your at-home regimen. You have an open forum to ask me, your trained skincare specialist about how to best care for your skin every single month!  Maybe you just read about the latest greatest cream or treatment and you are wondering more about it. I truly get excited at the opportunity to help patients reach their skin rejuvenation goals.  It’s a partnership and together we can do great things!

So how does the Monthly Microdermabrasion Club Work?

You can enroll anytime between January and August of each year. You will pay a yearly club fee which is prorated to the month in which you begin.  All memberships expire on December 31st of each year. You receive one Medical Microdermabrasion treatment every month from the time you purchase your club membership until the end of the year.  As of January 2020, Dr. Castillo will also extend a new, exclusive promotion each month for club members only!

Whether you are seeking skin improvements for the first time or looking for avenues to extend the life a cosmetic procedure, our monthly microdermabrasion club can help lead you in the right direction.

Roxanne Grace Hammond
Skincare & Laser Specialist
G. D. Castillo, M.D.
COSMETIC PLASTIC SURGERY http://www.cosmeticplasticsurgery.com

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Want To Know What To Expect During Your Comprehensive Microdermabrasion Consultation?

Wednesday, February 12th, 2020

When you arrive to your consultation, you will be greeted by our patient coordinator and asked to fill out a brief form regarding your skin.  It will cover topics such as your skin type, current medications, allergies or sensitivities, past skin treatment history, and your current skincare regimen.

Then you will meet with me for a full skin evaluation. We will discuss your skincare concerns, current regimen and your goals.  We will then determine whether or not you are a good candidate for microdermabrasion.  Microdermabrasion is often a good choice for those with minimal to moderate aging changes, rough texture, lines, blotchy skin tones, or minimal acne scarring, for those who want improvements in the way their skin looks and feels but do not want a more invasive treatment or those who have a busy schedule that does not allow for down time, and for those want to maintain their skin after having a surgical and laser procedure.

Don’t be afraid to ask questions.  We want you to have all the information you need to make an educated decision. Once the evaluation is completed, if microdermabrasion is not an appropriate treatment option for you, other treatment alternatives may be recommended instead.

If it is determined that you are a good candidate for microdermabrasion, we will review the benefits, risks, expected out-come and contra-indications.  Should you decide to move forward, we will create a treatment plan. The plan will include the number of treatments anticipated and how far apart you should schedule each treatment.  You will also leave with a formal, written cost quotation.

We will also discuss your current at home skincare regimen, if you have one.  We will look at which ones will enhance your results and which ones we may want to discontinue.  Maximum results are obtained by consistently and simultaneously participating in an at-home medical grade skincare program.

What To Expect During Your Microdermabrasion Treatment:

Your appointment will last 35-45 minutes. We will begin by reviewing the condition of your skin, any changes since your consultation and your at-home skincare program if you have already begun one.

We will begin treatment by cleansing your face. I will then physically exfoliate your skin with the diamond-tome wand.  As we progress further into your treatment plan, we may increase the abrasiveness of the exfoliating tip as your skin dictates. This is followed by a glycolic application.  You can expect some light tingling for 1-2 minutes. Then we finally reach everyone’s favorite part…the soothing oxygen-nutrient facial mist!  The treatment ends with an application of Dr. Castillo’s premier line of medical grade skincare products and mini-facial massage. You will leave the office feeling relaxing, refreshing and ready to face the world!

Depending on your treatment plan, you are likely to schedule the first 3-6 treatments 2 weeks apart if this is your first experience with microdermabrasion.  Our maintenance or monthly club members are more likely to seek treatment every 4-6 weeks.

Working as a team is the best way to support your results.  I am available to answer questions, deliver information and education as it pertains to your goals. I will routinely review and evaluate your treatment plan and perform effective, thorough in-office treatments.  Keeping your regularly scheduled appointments, consistently following an at-home skincare product regimen and limiting unprotected sun exposure will assure that we are both investing in the same goal of obtaining the best outcome possible.

Does It Hurt?

The old saying “no pain, no gain” does NOT apply here.  There is no pain involved in Diamond -tip type microdermabrasion.  You can feel a slight tugging of the skin due to suction, with abrasiveness similar to a buff puff.  You can feel a light tingle during the glycolic application and just might fall asleep during the mini facial massage.

What To Expect After Your Microdermabrasion Treatment:

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There is no-downtime after microdermabrasion. You will immediately notice that your skin feels smoother and looks refreshed. You may experience slight flushing of the skin for 10-30 minutes post treatment. As we increase the level of abrasiveness in future appointments, it can occasionally result in small cat-like scratches that will resolve quickly. Microdermabrasion is a quantitative procedure.  This means you will see more results after each treatment.

You can apply make-up and carry-out all of your normal activities immediately following your treatment. Microdermabrasion, like any exfoliating treatment will make your skin more sun sensitive for a few weeks.  Be sure to apply the recommended medical-grade, broad-spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreen daily.

 

Roxanne Grace Hammond
Skincare & Laser Specialist
G. D. Castillo, M.D.
COSMETIC PLASTIC SURGERY http://www.cosmeticplasticsurgery.com

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WISHING FOR ATTRACTIVE, YOUNGER LOOKING SKIN? FIND SATISFACTION HERE WITHOUT COSMETIC SURGERY

Sunday, February 2nd, 2020

Look Younger With CO2 Micro-Fractional Laser Resurfacing:

Finding non-surgical ways to look younger isn’t exactly a novel idea, in fact it’s growing by leaps and bounds. Men, women, scientists and clinicians alike are seemingly on a constant search the latest answer to aging.I’m not sure I would put to much stock in most of the options being presented today but there are indeed a few good options for looking younger in situations when surgery is not necessary.

Although dermal filler may get all the media hype, I would say the biggest non-surgical development  came along over a decade ago and is holding strong as the front-runner for non-surgical facial rejuvenation.

“COMICRO-FRACTIONAL LASER RESURFACING”

I have performed well over 700 COMicro-Fractional Laser Resurfacing procedures at Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Center in Champaign and have yet to have a patient who doesn’t walk away looking younger at their one week appointment and even younger yet at their 3 month appointment. It really is a tiny little bit of magic when it comes to looking younger fast.

CO2 Micro-Fractional Laser Resurfacing is my favorite procedure to perform because I know I will put a smile back on my patient’s face when they look in the mirror and see a reflection looking back at them that they are happy with and can feel confident with. That makes what I do very rewarding on a personal and professional level.

CO2 Micro-Fractional Laser Resurfacing is a non-surgical treatment for:

•lines      •wrinkles               •blotchiness          •brown spots        •builds collagen

•acne scarring      •rough texture     •Aging skin           •dull, lifeless, sun damaged skin

You will notice more light reflectivity within a week after treatment which creates a softer, more radiant, youthful appearance. COMicro-Fractional Laser Resurfacing even continues to increase more collagen and elastin formation for up to year. That doesn’t mean that you lose results after one year, I’m saying that the treatment actually continues to produce more and more results for up to a year. Now that’s a treatment that keeps on giving!

The beauty of this treatment (sorry, no pun intended) is that BOTH the epidermis (outer layer of skin) and the dermis (middle layer of skin) can be treated and affected at the same. The epidermis is where the damaged, color producing cells are located that are responsible for the unwanted appearance of brown spots and tone changes. The dermis is made of elastin and collagen which provides the skin with structure; in other words, they make up the skins pliability, strength, form… When sun exposure and natural aging compromise the dermis; collagen and elastin break down and those dreaded lines and wrinkles start to form.

CO2 Micro-Fractional Laser Resurfacing is performed while you are awake in the privacy and comfort of Dr. Castillo’s state-of-the-art skincare and laser rejuvenation suite. It is available in two levels.  Level 1 is used for more superficial lines and brown spots while level 2 is a deeper, more extensive treatment used for those with more advanced signs of aging. Most patients are ready to re-apply cosmetics with in about four days after treatment. Some more aggressive treatments may take a few days longer.

If you are thinking about non-surgical facial or body rejuvenation for any of the above signs of aging, I would definitely recommend considering CO2 Micro-Fractional Laser Resurfacing. I think you will find that you get a great return on your investment!

 

 

Roxanne Grace
Skincare and Laser Specialist
G. D. Castillo, M.D.
COSMETIC PLASTIC SURGERY

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Absolutely Everything You Need to Know About Our Popular Microdermabrasion Treatment

Thursday, January 16th, 2020

Microdermabrasion:

If you are feeling disenchanted with the texture and appearance of your skin, you might check with your local cosmetic plastic surgeon to see if they offer Microdermabrasion.  It can be a simple, even relaxing way to revitalize your complexion.

What is it?

Microdermabrasion is an in-office skin treatment that is used to treat sun-damaged skin, signs of aging, acne-prone skin, acne scarring, mild pigmentation, rough texture and lines. It increases circulation and exfoliates and removes the superficial layer of dry, dead skin cells, leaving your skin feeling smoother and looking brighter, much like a buff and polish process.

How does it work?

There are two basic types of microdermabrasion:

  1. Crystal Microdermabrasion – This is the original form of microdermabrasion. It was first used over in Europe and then came to the United States by the early 1990’s. In this version, crystals (usually made of aluminum oxide) are sprayed over the skin to exfoliate, then the crystals and skin cells are suctioned back through a tube suction system.

Personally, I am less of a fan of this type of microdermabrasion though it is widely used.  It can sting when the crystal hit the skin, making it a less enjoyable experience.  The crystals can be messy and there is potential for crystals ending up in places they should not. For those who are more sensitive, breathing in aluminum oxide can cause temporary breathing difficulties.

  1. Diamond Tome Microdermabrasion – This version utilizes interchangeable diamond-tip wands with varying degrees of abrasiveness to gently exfoliates and loosens the dead cells which are then suctioned away through a sterile vacuumed system. There is no debri or crystals making this system a healthy choice for both the operator and the patient.

If you have never had Microdermabrasion (or skin treatments such as Micro-Fractional Laser Resurfacing) then it is generally best performed in a series of treatments as each treatment results in more improvement. On average, you can anticipate having about 6 treatments to get your skin back in shape; of course, this depends on the condition of your skin to begin with.  Once your initial series is completed, you may want to consider a microdermabrasion treatment every 4-6 weeks to maintain your results. While microdermabrasion is most often used to treat the face, it can address skin concerns of the neck, chest, hands, arms, legs etc.

At Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Center, we take microdermabrasion a few steps further. We offer “Medical Microdermabrasion,” which is a 5-step process.  We begin by exfoliating the skin with microdermabrasion with a Diamond-tome system as described above but we don’t stop there!  We follow with a glycolic application, an oxygen-nutrient mist, a mini facial massage, and finally an application of premium medical grade skincare products.

What improvements could I expect?

With recurring treatments, you can expect to see diminished appearance of lines, rough texture, and acne scarring.  You can expect a more even skin tone, fewer break-outs, a softer feel, and a radiant glow. Microdermabrasion can also help maximize the benefits of your at-home skincare product routine.

 Am I a good candidate?

Microdermabrasion is safe for all colors of skin.  It is best utilized for those with minimal to moderate lines, rough texture, dull, dry or lifeless skin, sun damage, clogged pores / black-heads, acne-prone skin, mild pigmentation concerns.  Microdermabrasion can also be an alternative solution for those with melasma (condition usually due to hormonal changes that results in brown or grey-brown patches on the skin) that becomes aggravated with other forms of treatment.

Those who have Rosacea and those who have active cold sores should avoid this treatment. Those who have waxed, had a chemical peel or other facials treatments should avoid microdermabrasion in the same area for a few weeks.

How will I look after my treatment?

The good news is there is no down time for this rejuvenating treatment.  Your skin may look slightly flushed 10-30 minutes after your treatment. When more advanced ranges of abrasiveness are used, it can result in cat like scratches that will resolve quickly.  Your skin will look and feel smoother after the first treatment and will continue to improve with each additional treatment. You can apply cosmetics right away.  You can return to work, go out for lunch, or carry out any of your daily activities immediately.

Microdermabrasion or exfoliation of any kind will make you skin more sun sensitive for a few weeks. Be sure to apply quality broad-spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreen daily and reapply as needed.

 

Yours Truly,

Roxanne Grace
Skincare and Laser Specialist
G. D. Castillo, M.D.
COSMETIC PLASTIC SURGERY

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How To Fix Common Lipstick C­omplications:Think Quick & Easy Solutions

Thursday, July 25th, 2019

My #lipstick relationship is complicated. On one hand, I can’t get enough of it. I wear lip color in some form every single day; lipstick , lip crayons, lip liners, lip gloss, lip tint…I’ve even been known to throw a little cream blush on my lips now and then if the color is right.

The right shade of lipstick can totally change my mood within the second it takes to put it on. Doesn’t it just make you feel…like a girl?  Of course on the other hand, there have been times when lipstick has just plain done me wrong!

Ever catch a glimpse of yourself in the mirror to find that your once perfect lipstick application has left you looking like you just stepped off the crazy circus train? I hope you have girlfriends like mine who love you enough to tell you straight away!

In the words of Madeline Albright, “There is a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women.” So in the spirit of Madeline, here are a few quick and easy solutions for some common lipstick problems:

PROBLEM #1 – Cakey looking lipstick:

 SOLUTION:

  • The rules of applying lipstick are no different than applying a foundation to your face; you have to start with a smooth canvas. Exfoliate your lips. This will create a smooth surface to apply your lipstick. Then follow with a good lip hydrator. Just like any other skin surface…it’s pretty impossible to make dry, flakey skin look flattering.

PROBLEM #2 – Lipstick bleed:

SOLUTIONS:

  • For a quick no fuss solution, try using a lip crayon, preferably in matte rather than gloss. I find them to have more staying power due to their thicker consistency and more intense pigment. I like the Suede Matte Lip Crayons by Glo Skin Beauty. They offer colors and intensities for every mood and the staying power is remarkable.
  • Apply a make-up primer to your lips before applying your lipstick. This will increase the time your lip color will stay put and fill in any lines for a smooth appearance.
  • Apply a concealer around the perimeter of your lips using a small concealer brush. The concealer will act as a bleed barrier to hold your lipstick in place.
  • My favorite trick… just a touch of translucent power. After you apply the lip color of your choice, place s single ply layer of tissue over your lips. Using a powder brush, dust just a touch of silica based translucent powder over the tissue.  This will set your lipstick for an all-day stay!
  • Before apply your lipstick or lip crayon, fill in your entire lip with a lip liner of similar color. As a side bar here, there a few modern guidelines for lip liners…
  1. Lining the perimeter of your lips with a dark liner, then using a light lipstick to fill was socially exiled a few decades back…so…stay strong and resist the temptation.
  2. If you are old enough to wear lipstick, you  should be old enough to  color within the lines. If it is larger lips you desire, try a lip plumper or visit your local cosmetic plastic surgeons office to discuss dermal filler options  (exiting my soapbox now…and going back to our regularly scheduled program).

PROBLEM #3: Lipstick on your teeth: Uhggg!

SOLUTIONS:

This post wouldn’t be complete without addressing this one. Who hasn’t had lipstick on their teeth? I know I have. Just ask my beautiful daughters. I have countless memories of them making desperate hand motions indicating another embarrassing lipstick on my teeth episode! Years back, I read a great tip somewhere that I will pass to you. It is a simple, no-cost, product-free solution. All you need is your index finger and moment of privacy. Just after you apply your lipstick, make an “O” shape with your mouth. Stick your pre-cleaned index finger in your mouth. Close your lips around your finger and pull your finger out. Wha-la, all the excess lipstick is now on your finger and not on your teeth!

 

 

 

 

 

Roxanne Grace Hammond
Skincare and Laser Specialist
G. D. Castillo, M.D.
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Ask Our Expert: Are My Brown Spots Sun Damage Or Just Age Spots?

Wednesday, June 5th, 2019

Ask Our Expert: Brown Spots:

 Q: Roxanne, I have brown spots on my face, arms and chest.  How do I know if they are caused from sun damage or if they are just age spots?

A: Lentigos, or lentigines are commonly referred to as brown spots, sun spots, liver spots or age spots.  They appear as flat spots in various shades of brown that appear on skin that has been over exposed to the sun. These spots can appear on the face, arms, shoulders, neck, chest, hands; anywhere the skin has been over-exposed to the sun. Typically, the lighter the skin and the more sun exposure one has, the greater accumulation or chance of accumulation of sun spots.

Melanocytes, which are cells that produce pigment in the skin are activated to produce more pigment (melanin) when you are exposed to ultraviolet rays. Because the symptoms of excessive sun damage are cumulative, these spots increase with age, hence the term “age spots.” They are more common in lighter skin types (Fitzpatrick 1-3), such as those who freckle and who burn easily but can appear in any skin type.

I recommend applying a medical-grade, physical sunblock such as Physical Defense by Castillo MD Skin Science, 365 days per year, to all skin that will be exposed.  Not only is this your best defense for future sun damage but  you may find that the brown spots that you have become lighter over time.

There are  treatments that can help to rid your skin of brown spots as well. CO2 Micro-Fractional Laser Resurfacing is typically an excellent option.  A series of Intense Pulse Light (IPL) treatments can also deliver very good  results.  Some chemical peels  can improve spots to some degree as well as skin bleaching or lightening agents like Advanced Lightening Complex or Spot Light. 

While sun spots themselves are not cancerous, if you have had enough lifetime sun exposure to develop brown spots, this may place you at a higher risk of developing skin cancer.  Therefore, it’s a good idea have your physician examine them for changes from time to time.

Warmly,

Roxanne Grace Hammond
Skincare & Laser Specialist
G. D. Castillo, M.D.
COSMETIC PLASTIC SURGERY http://www.cosmeticplasticsurgery.com

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