4 Sun Spot Removal Treatments to Reduce Hyperpigmentation

Sun spots appear as a result of light from the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays accelerating the production of melanin, a substance that results in skin pigment. So, if you frequently use tanning beds or forget to wear your daily SPF, you may notice sun spots beginning to appear on your skin. Also known as age spots, these hyperpigmentation marks can make you appear older than you actually are and prevent you from going make-up free. 

If brown spots on your skin are affecting your confidence, continue reading to discover the best sun spot removal treatments available here at Aqua Vitality. 

1. PRP Vampire Facial

A Vampire Facial, or Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy, is a cosmetic procedure that involves drawing your own blood, separating platelets and blood cells, and then injecting them back into your face for skin rejuvenation. By injecting the platelets into the skin, cell turnover is increased, revealing new skin cells and reducing the appearance of sun spots. Additionally, collagen and elastin production is boosted, breaking up hyperpigmentation. The result is smoother, clearer, and more youthful skin. 

What to expect during a PRP Vampire facial 

The first step of the PRP Vampire Facial involves numbing the patient with a topical cream to reduce any pain. While waiting for the patient to become numb, 11mL of their own blood is obtained, which is then spun in a centrifuge to separate the PRP from the red blood cells. Once the skin has been prepared appropriately, the microneedling process begins.

The entire procedure takes roughly an hour and a half. The PRP should not be washed off the skin until the next morning to allow for maximum absorption and healing. Patients typically notice a healthy glow after the first few days, however, complete results take about 4-6 weeks to allow for full collagen remodeling to take place. Downtime is minimal with only 1-3 days of mild redness. 

2. IPL Skin Rejuvenation

Intense Pulse Light (IPL) Skin Rejuvenation is an FDA and TGA-approved treatment that uses intense light from a range of wavelengths to eliminate pigment cells. The targeted tissue that has been damaged is then naturally removed by the body, revealing a new layer of skin. The light also stimulates collagen production, which helps fade discoloration and fill in lines and wrinkles. IPL Skin Rejuvenation works wonders for removing sun spots while also improving overall skin texture for a more youthful look. 

What to expect during an IPL Laser treatment

During an IPL Skin Rejuvenation treatment, the laser device is gently pressed onto the skin, emitting light to the targeted areas. You will wear an eye mask for protection during the procedure, and topical gels may be applied onto your skin to prevent overheating.

The in-office treatment can be completed in about 30 minutes, and minimal downtime is required. Depending on the severity of the discoloration and your individual goals, 1-5 treatments may be needed for total sun spot removal. 

3. HydraFacial

A HydraFacial is a popular hydradermabrasion treatment that fades sun spots, while simultaneously providing many other skin soothing benefits. HydraFacial uses a unique, patented Vortex-Fusion delivery system to exfoliate, extract, and hydrate the skin to reveal a flawless complexion. 

Plus, you can add HydraFacial boosters to your treatment to further enhance the benefits. For minimizing dark spots, we recommend the ZO Brightalive Booster since it contains a skin brightening complex formulated to block the production of pigmentation. This gives the skin a smoother and more radiant appearance. 

What to expect during a HydraFacial treatment

The HydraFacial treatment involves three steps. First, the skin is cleansed with a gentle exfoliation to uncover a new layer of skin and fade hyperpigmentation. Next, the patented Vortex-Fusion delivery system painlessly exfoliates and extracts impurities from the skin. Lastly, the skin is saturated with antioxidants and peptides to maximize your glow. 

The entire treatment can be completed in just 30 minutes so you can conveniently schedule your treatment during your lunch break or between errands. Since the HydraFacial is an extremely gentle hydradermabrasion treatment, multiple sessions may be needed to completely fade sun spots. 

4. ZO Skin Health Pigment Control Program + Hydroquinone 

For those looking to fade sun spots at home, we recommend the ZO Skin Health Pigment Control Program + Hydroquinone. This six product regimen is designed to treat sun spots and severe textural damage to restore a clear, healthy glow. 

The all-encompassing sun spot removal system includes the following ZO Skin Health products: 

  • Gentle Cleanser: Cleanses to remove oil, make up, and other impurities. 
  • Exfoliating Polish: Physically exfoliates dead skin cells to brighten the skin. 
  • Complexion Renewal Pads: Removes excess oil to clarify pores. 
  • Daily Power Defense: Provides antioxidant protection to improve skin barrier function. 
  • Pigment Control Creme 4% HQ – RX: Suppresses pigment production to promote an even skin tone. 
  • Pigment Control + Blending Creme 4% HQ – RX: Inhibits melanin to reduce skin pigmentation. 

Sun Spot Removal Treatments at Aqua Vitality

Here at Aqua Vitality, we specialize in helping our patients achieve the radiant skin of their dreams. Whether you’re looking for sun spot removal, wrinkle reduction, or intense hydration, we have a skincare solution for you. 

If you would like to learn more about the skincare treatments we offer, don’t hesitate to schedule a consultation. Our skincare experts can examine your skin and recommend a treatment to help you achieve your goals and boost your confidence. Click the button below to get in touch with us. 


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