SkinCeuticals Just Debuted a New Way to Get Rid of Sunspots
By Brittany Burhop Fallon, Beauty Director |
I cannot tell you how much I loathe sunspots. They muddle your appearance, increase your risk for skin cancer and make you look older. But now, thanks to SkinCeuticals, there's a new way to get rid of them for good. Enter SkinCeuticals CryoCorrect Precision.
Not only is it the first in-office medical treatment developed by SkinCeuticals, but it’s also garnered much excitement from dermatologists because of its ability to treat age spots, sunspots and skin tags on the face, hands and body without damaging the surrounding healthy tissue.
Although it sounds pretty scientific, it’s actually quite simple: A microfine burst of liquid CO2 freezes the water in the discolored skin cell, which forces the cell to expand over time (usually four to six weeks) and combust, making the discolored spot disappear. And, its unique factor compared to other skin pens on the market is its use of liquid carbon dioxide instead of liquid nitrogen, which allows it to freeze the skin at a milder temperature and be the least prone to scarring.
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“The newest innovation in cryosurgery is the use of CO2, which offers the mildest freezing temperature when compared to other cryogen methods like liquid nitrogen and nitrous oxide. This gives it the ability to provide the fastest healing time, least risk of pigmentary changes or scarring and most comfortable patient experience,” says New York dermatologist Julie Karen, MD. “Because the gentle freeze is less likely to compromise surrounding tissue, it is the most elegant solution for cosmetic lesion removal, especially on highly visible areas like the face. Patients will love how simple the treatment is—it takes less than one minute—and at a much lower cost than a series of laser treatments, it’s the perfect solution for patients who avoid cosmetic services because of the expense. Plus, most patients only need one treatment to get rid of the spot entirely, and complete healing occurs within 14–30 days.”
The below before-and-after images show a sunspot pre-treatment at baseline and then post-treatment at four weeks.
We sent someone from our team to experience the treatment, which is now available at select dermatology practices and costs approximately $150 per area, firsthand. Here's what she thought:
“The whole process was quick and easy—the dermatologist applied the pen to a sunspot on the side of my leg for about five seconds, three times, and there was a slight cooling, stinging feeling, but overall, it was pretty painless. A bit of stinging and itchiness lasted for about 10 minutes after the treatment, and the area around the spot was red as well. I had to keep it out of the sun, and if my leg was exposed, I had to cover the spot with a bandage. A scab formed after one week, and finally disappeared about a month later. (Note: The doctor told me the legs take a little bit longer to heal than other areas of the body, so schedule your appointment accordingly.) I will definitely do it again—I have another sunspot on my leg that I’m ready to do next.”
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So if you’ve been bothered by a spot lately, but you’ve held off from having it removed, this treatment could be the solution you’ve been waiting for. However, because it's so new, not too many dermatologists have gotten their hands on it yet! (Click here to find a provider near you.) Either way, we give it two thumbs up!