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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.

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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?

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