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Freckles can fall into one of two categories: ephelides and solar lentigines. When people think of freckles, they are usually imaging ephelides! These freckles are small and light brown or tan. Some people are born with these freckles, and they may either increase or decrease in number and darkness as time goes on. This largely depends on sun exposure. People with light skin tones, red, or blonde hair are more likely to have freckles when compared to other individuals. People who have freckles should schedule frequent skin checks to monitor their skin health. Freckles are an indicator that the individual is at a higher risk for developing skin cancer, which is why it is all the more important to work with a dermatologist. Solar lentigines are another type of freckle that develops as a direct result of UV radiation. Most common in individuals over the age of 40, these freckles typically appear on the face and hands or lighter-skinned individuals. The increase in melanocytes and melanin from sun exposure causes tan, dark brown, or black spots on the skin. These freckles can be smooth or scaly in texture, since seborrheic keratoses may develop and thicken the freckle. Solar lentigines may also appear to be round, oval, or irregular in shape.

Whether you are born with freckles or not, sun damage contributes to the development of new freckles or darkening of existing freckles. Avoiding sun exposure has been known to cause freckles to lighten in color, though this is not the case for everyone, and it does not mean that the individual is not still at risk for cancer. Exposure to UV light from the sun or tanning beds will stimulate melanin production. This means that existing freckles are likely to get darker, and new freckles may appear. While not all freckles are the result of sun damage, it’s important to keep in mind that new freckles or darkening freckles can be an indication of dangerous exposure.

Since freckles are so common, it’s no surprise that many people try to “remove” their freckles at home. From home remedies to products that promise to lighten the skin and get rid of freckles, it’s important to understand the difference between at-home treatments and dermatological care. Products designed to reduce or remove freckles at home can be dangerous to the skin. They also may not work to remove the freckle. Additionally, since freckles can show skin cancer signs, removing them at home may prevent you from getting a proper diagnosis before the cancer spreads. At Park Avenue Skin Care, you will be working with Dr. Schultz, a board-certified dermatologist with over 35 years of experience who has become the Upper East Side’s go-to dermatologist. Before removing any freckles, he will examine your skin to determine if it is safe to do so and which method would be best for you. Signs of disease will be documented so that nothing falls through the cracks when it comes to your health.

Dermatologic laser therapies are some of the most advanced pieces of medical technology available. Dr. Schultz has been using laser treatments for over 20 years, making him one of NYC's top choices for laser freckle removal. While using a laser may be intimidating to some, the lasers used at Park Avenue Skin care are designed to be safe for use on the skin. Since freckles result from melanin, the lasers only target the cells containing an excess of melanin. That is why lasers are able to remove freckles effectively without damaging the surrounding tissue. There are many different lasers available at Park Avenue Skin Care. Following his exam, Dr. Schultz will determine which laser would give you the best aesthetic results.

With over 35 years of experience, Dr. Schultz has seen it all. He understands the frustration of freckles and skin discoloration, and only uses the best equipment to help his patients feel and look their best. Your appointment will start with a careful examination and discussion about your skin health and goals. You’ll learn more about the type of freckle you have, what causes it, and what you can expect from treatment. Laser freckle removal is not a painful procedure, and many of our patients describe the sensation as a rubber band snapping on this skin. However, some patients may benefit from a numbing cream if they have a low tolerance for discomfort.

You’ll learn more about your skin condition during your appointment, and Dr. Schultz will discuss laser treatment would work best to remove your freckles. There are different types of lasers, each designed to target different skin conditions on different skin types. Dr. Schultz will determine which laser would be appropriate for you. Your skin will be cleaned and prepped so that the laser can target the freckles properly. While laser treatments aren’t especially painful, Park Avenue Skin Care is here to make sure you stay comfortable the whole time. Once your procedure is complete, you’ll learn more about what to expect from the recovery process and how to best care for your skin. You will also be given all the information you need in regards to the results you can expect and how long it’ll take to see your freckles vanish.

Patient Reviews

I've been seeing Dr. Schultz for the last 8 years and during that time, I've recommended him to countless friends for both cosmetic and medical dermatologic help. I trust him completely both diagnostically and aesthetically. When I had shingles, he was wonderful, incredibly supportive and kind. And when I eased into doing more cosmetic dermatology, he was– and continues to be– patient, careful and cautious. He listens to concerns and really hears what your goal outcome is and works with you to make it happen. I wanted to maintain a natural look while keeping my skin looking fresh and that's just what he's done for me. I always leave his office feeling prettier and well-cared for! If you have a medical concern or something about your skin you want to upgrade, you can't do better than Dr. Schultz and his wonderful team. And the products are amazing as well!

- Laura B.

Dr. Schultz is the most thorough and good natured dermatologist I have ever seen. I have been a patient of his for more than 20 years. He has taught me everything I know about the value of taking care of my skin, a gift that keeps on giving. He also takes the time to listen to me, to see me as an individual and doesn't treat my needs as a one size fits all doctor. I really appreciate his kindness, patience and expertise. I absolutely love his product line and have definitely reaped the rewards from using it, especially his glycolic peel pads and moisturizer, which I can't live without. My skin feels softer, smoother, appears more translucent and actually looks younger! Dr. Schultz helped me to see beyond the lines and wrinkles, although he so good at helping to keep those at bay while maintaining a very natural appearance. His staff is outstanding. They make you feel welcome, like family, from the moment you walk through the door. Angela, Monika, Deborah and all of the support staff are extraordinary at what they do. Thank you Dr. Schultz and everyone at Park Ave Skincare. You're the best!

- Laura M.

Dr. Schultz has truly transformed my skin, so much so that I can confidently leave the house without wearing makeup now. During my first meeting with Dr. Schultz, he intently listened to my skin concerns, we discussed what my goals were, and he explained pragmatically what treatments and products he recommended for me. I truly appreciate his fantastic bedside manner and conservative approach. I am a perfectionist in every aspect of my life, including my skin, and Dr. Schultz understood this and was committed to helping me achieve every skin goal I had. The entire staff is just so fantastic and friendly, from reception to the PAs. They make you feel welcome and extremely comfortable, which to me is very important when visiting any doctor’s office. As someone who works too much and never gets enough sleep, my skin was looking very dull and lifeless. My skin is now full of life again and has an incredible glow to it which I have never had before. And I owe it all to the incredible Dr. Schultz.

- Kelly D.

My partnership with Dr Schultz began more than 30 years ago. As a generous friend, advisor, skilled surgeon, and superb cosmetic diagnostician, he has enabled me to look my best. He has kept me abreast of the most sophisticated procedures and in so doing, has maximized my appearance, always guided by what will be most beneficial for me. He is someone I go to for advice and care and his staff is another manifestation of this care. I don’t know many patients who can say this, and I feel fortunate to be among them.

- Ellen R.

In the four years that I've been a patient of Dr. Schultz, my acne-prone skin has gone from constant breakouts to smooth and clear. These days, I feel confident and comfortable enough in my skin to wear minimal makeup, if any—which I never would have done in years past. Dr. Schultz and his warm, friendly staff always go above and beyond; he takes the time to listen, talk with me, and create the best plan for my skin. It's clear he has my best interests in mind, and I trust him wholeheartedly. I would highly recommend him to friends, family, and frankly, anyone who asks.

- Deanna P.

Each session with Dr. Schultz is a mini education in skin care. He approaches each patient as a unique individual with different needs. I’m Asian and he’s explained to me how that impacts treatment in a clear manner that a layperson can understand. At each examination, Dr. Schultz recites detailed notes to his staff which he then refers back to at each future appointment, adjusting and tweaking treatment plans when necessary. Over the past two years I’ve seen a remarkable improvement in my blemishes and overall complexion and wholeheartedly recommend Dr. Schultz to anyone looking to enhance their appearance.

- Sherry G.

I have been a patient of Dr. Schultz for many years, and I continue to be amazed at his medical approach, patience, and professionalism. He takes the time to listen to my health concerns, explains how and why he would like to issue a treatment in a way that I understand , answers all of my questions, and all of his procedures and painless and thorough. Dr. Schultz is very attentive, results-oriented, and extremely knowledgeable. He follows up and is committed to my health and satisfaction. The Park Avenue Skincare is a calm environment and the staff are all very friendly, warm, and respectful. It's easy to get appointments at a time that works for me and they are always on time and considerate. I think so highly of Dr. Schultz and his practice that I sent my mom to him, and continue to go to his office even though my life is based in midtown west! I have great confidence in the care that Dr. Schultz gives.

- Katrina A.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Can all freckles be removed?

    Yes, Park Avenue Skin Care and Dr. Schultz are equipped with the Read More

  • How much does laser freckle removal hurt?

    No, laser freckle removal is not a painful procedure. Most people describe Read More

  • Will my freckles come back?

    Your freckles may return over time. With more sun exposure, your skin Read More

  • Will my skin tone be even after laser freckle removal?

    Laser treatments are designed to break down excess melanin. For the majority Read More

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