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Sun Spots: Causes, Treatments, & Prevention

By May 15, 2023No Comments

What are Sun Spots?

Sun spots, also known as solar lentigines or liver spots. They are brown or black patches that appear on the skin as a result of prolonged sun exposure. They most commonly appear on areas of the skin that are frequently exposed to the sun, such as the face, hands, and arms.

Causes of Sun Spots:

Sun spots are caused by the overproduction of melanin in response to UV radiation from the sun. Melanin is the pigment that gives our skin its color, and when it is produced in excess, it can result in the formation of dark patches on the skin. While sun spots are typically harmless, they can be a sign of sun damage and an increased risk of skin cancer.

Most Common Treatments:

There are several treatments available for sun spots, depending on the severity and location of the spots. Here at Buffalo Aesthetics we are the medspa experts in the most common treatments include:

1. Topical creams: Over-the-counter creams that contain ingredients like hydroquinone, retinoids, or vitamin C can help to fade sun spots over time. We sell the top medical grade skin care that can help you achieve your skin care goals!

2. Chemical peels: A chemical peel involves the application of a chemical solution to the skin, which causes the top layer of skin to peel off. This can help to reduce the appearance of sun spots and improve the overall texture and tone of the skin.

3. Laser therapy: Laser therapy uses intense pulsed light (IPL) to target the melanin in sun spots, causing it to break down and fade over time. Our licensed aestheticians at Buffalo Aesthetics are here to help give you a series of 3 IPL photofacials that can help fade your sun spots over time.


Preventing sun spots is the best way to avoid the need for treatment. This can be achieved by wearing protective clothing and using sunscreen with a high SPF when spending time outdoors. Buffalo Aesthetics has medical grade SPF to help protect your skin from harmful UVA/UVB rays. It is also important to avoid tanning beds, as they can increase the risk of sun damage and skin cancer.

At Buffalo Aesthetics we can provide a customized medical consult to evaluate your sun exposure damage. We integrate several treatment options that fit your budget to help you along your medical rejuvenative journey. If you are considering any of the above treatments or would like more information, we recommend booking a consultation with one of our experts at Buffalo Aesthetics. Please reach out to us via text 716.422.7727 or call 716.428.3998.