Generally, pigmented lesions refer to spots and growths on the skin caused by melanocyte cells, the cells responsible for the production of melanin which gives the skin color. Common forms of pigmented lesions include but are not limited to freckles, moles, birthmarks, sun damage and “age spots”.
A common skin condition, melasma causes brown to grayish-brown patches on the face. Most often, melasma presents on the cheeks, the bridge of the nose, forehead, chin, and above the upper lip. Other parts of the body which are exposed to frequent sun, such as the forearms and the neck, are susceptible. Sun protection can help prevent melasma but it can also be virtually erased with certain medical grade treatments.
Acne is a long-term skin condition that consists of the presence of blackheads, whiteheads, pimples, greasy skin, and potentially scarring. It is estimated that genetics accounts for 80% of cases but, thankfully, there are many treatment options including laser treatments and chemical peels.
Commonly known as hot tub rash, razor bumps, or barber’s itch, folliculitis is a common condition in which inflammation of hair follicles occurs. Small red bumps and/or white-headed pimples around hair follicles appear and are usually caused by bacterial or fungal infections. Elimination or reduction can be achieved through use of skin care products and/or laser treatments.
Psoriasis is a chronic skin condition that causes the skin cells to grow too quickly in certain areas such as the knees, elbows, scalp, hands, feet, or lower back. The result is thick white, silvery, or red patches of skin. Inflammation, infections, dry skin, and itchiness may all occur in conjunction with psoriasis. Thankfully, these symptoms can be addressed with laser treatments.
This common skin condition is characterized by redness in the face and small red pustules. It can easily be mistaken for allergic reactions, acne, or other skin conditions. There is no cure for rosacea but laser treatments can control and reduce the symptoms.
Vascular lesions occur due to the formation of large vessels or a large quantity of vessels directly below the surface of the skin. These lesions can present in man shapes, sizes and forms all over the body. The result in a red appearance of the skin overall or distinct spots. Treatment by lasers can reduce or even eliminate the appearance of vascular lesions.
These flat brownish spots are caused by sun exposure over the years. They typically appear on the face. While they usually pose no health threat or cause any symptoms most patients wish to have age spots treated due to their less than desirable appearance. Age spots can be treated in a variety of ways however, patients must limit exposure to UV light in order to prevent further recurrences.
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