Can lasers help the sun spots on my back?

When I look in the mirror I am able to see some discoloration in my skin on my back. I believe that these are spots caused from too much exposure to the sun. Are there any laser treatments that could assist me in trying to remove these sun spots?


F, 43, Maine

Tags:woman age 35-44 back sun spots discoloration laser

In short order, yes. There is no reason to live with sunspots on your back with so many treatment options available. After spending many hours in the sun for years, I was left with unsightly sun damage to my back. The dark spots made my skin look years older than it was. I couldn't wait to get rid of them, so I underwent laser treatments. All it took were eight treatments to rid my back of the sunspots. I feel like I have brand new skin! Now, I love showing off my smooth, clear back in tank tops and strapless sundresses. And trust me I am sure to use proper skin care from no on.

Laser treatments are the ticket for sun spot removal. I had some pretty dark ones on my back, probably from all of those years of laying out on my back deck during the summer. Oops! My friends recommended me to a local plastic surgeon, who offered affordable laser treatments to get them removed, and it only took 3 sessions for me. The sessions take about 20 to 30 minutes each, and you can even go back to work afterwards. My spots aren't visible anymore and shouldn't come back as long as I stay out of the sun and wear SPF, but I'll keep an eye on them as I get older.

After using Fractional Carbon dioxide lasers, the sun spots on my back have completely disappeared after four months. My dermatologist recommended two treatments as I had a darker skin tone. After the first treatment, the sunspots had dramatically faded, and my skin became brighter. After the second treatment the wrinkles were smoothened, my skin texture is smooth, and the skin tone is even. To maintain the results, I use sunscreen regularly and wear a hat whenever I go out. Skin peeling during the first few days and a slightly pink skin color were some of the side effects that I had. There was also a bit of swelling and I also had to stays indoors for 10 days to avoid any sun exposure.

Every time I would be out in the sun in the summer I wouldn't apply enough sunscreen to my back and I would get a sunburn! After some aloe it never really was much of a problem, however as I aged I have noticed some hyperpigmentation developing on my back and I don't like it at all. I've decided to go see a board-certified plastic surgeon to see what the best treatment would be for the sunspots on my back. He recommended that we try some laser resurfacing to even out the skin tone on my back. Wish me luck!

For many years, my back was covered in sunspots. I reached my breaking point when I was getting married and had trouble choosing a dress because I didn't want everyone to see these unattractive brown spots all over my back. I spoke to a professional, who suggested microdermabrasion treatments on my back to reduce the spots. I was willing to try anything at this point. She also said that if this did not provide the results I was looking for we could also try laser resurfacing treatments, chemical peels, or intense pulsed light treatments. These were all known to provide good results for age spot removal. However, much to my delight, the microdermabrasion treatments were effective. After six treatments, the liver spots were gone, and I was able to walk down the aisle in my dream dress that showed off my now clear back and shoulders.