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Human skin is a very complex and important part of the body. It plays a functional role in helping to protect your muscles and internal organs, while also having a profound effect on your general appearance. You skin includes dermal cells, pores, hair follicles, sweat glands, and other special cells like melanocytes which interact with the outside world in a variety of ways.

When your skin is exposed to the direct rays of the sun it can start to have an effect in a relatively short amount of time. Something as seemingly minor as a slight sunburn could potentially cause significant harm to dermal cells.

Sun exposure can potentially cause the melanocytes in your skin to produce excess melanin. This powerful pigment normally helps you tan evenly.

As the years go by prolonged sun exposure can lead to a concentrated buildup of excess melanin in your skin cells which can gradually start to saturate the surrounding dermal cells. In time this process of hyperpigmentation can cause dark spots to appear on your hands, face and other exposed parts of your body.

If you are unhappy with the appearance of dark spots on your skin, you should consider setting up a consultation with our cosmetic surgeon at the Coastal Plastic Surgery Center. During this appointment, Dr. Leon Goldstein can assess the severity of the dark spots and any contributing factors associated with the health of your skin.

There are several different ways to address dark spots which might include a daily use prescription skin cream or having our doctor perform a micro-laser resurfacing treatment. These methods can also help address other dermal defects such as acne scars.

If you live in the areas around Madison, Connecticut, or Providence, Rhode Island, and you are unhappy with the appearance of dark spots on your face or another visible part of the body, you should call 800.423.1728 to set up an appointment at the Coastal Plastic Surgery Center.