Should I Get That Brown Aging Spot on My Face Removed?

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Cryotherapy: Is it worth it to remove brown spots?A few months ago, I visited the dermatologist for the first time in my life for a skin check. And after that was over and a couple of questionable moles were zapped, I decided that since I was there, I'd ask about the brown spot on my face that's been bothering me for a very long time.

Oh, the joys of getting old!

Quite frankly, I didn't know if there was anything they could do about it, but as it turns out, there is. Now I'm wondering if my vanity is worth the risk.

Now before my dermatologist visit, I was pretty much resigned to living with the small brown spot on my face, a product of age and sun and apparently being Asian (it's more common among Asian women). I figured, it's all part of getting older, like wrinkles and crow's feet, and since I probably wouldn't get Botox, why would I bother with the spot on my cheek?

But when the doctor told me she could actually remove it in a very simple procedure, my ears perked up, especially since none of the lotions or creams I've tried have worked. 

There's a medical technique called "cryotherapy" in which liquid nitrogen is used to burn the spot off the skin. And while it would take about a month to heal and look a little gory until then, it would eventually be completely gone.

But even though the doctor seemed pretty positive about it, and explained that it's quite effective, I'm concerned that my skin won't heal all the way and I'll be stuck with a scar or a pink spot in place of the brown -- which, hey, sort of looks like a big freckle and adds a bit of character to my face.

My skin is still very pink where I had the moles removed, so what's to say my face will be any different?

And because I do TV and online appearances fairly often, I'd be pretty much out of that line of work for a good month while the spot heals. And that's where I need your help ...

What do you think? If you were me would you take the plunge? Or should I just leave it alone?

aging, beauty


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Coles... Coles_mom

I would get it done, but I'm a person who doesn't mind a bit of pain for long term gain. You could always cover it with a heavy "stage" makeup and it'd be completely unseen.

PonyC... PonyChaser

I'm not Asian, I'm white, so I don't know if this solution will work for you. However, it is FAR less painful and obtrusive than a cosmetic procedure. Might take longer though. I had two brown spots on my face. One on the side of my face, kind of off my cheekbone near my hairline, and the other on the top of my cheek under my eye. Needless to say, I was not happy about them.

I'm a longtime user of Clinique, and found their Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Remover. Yes, at $49.50/oz it's pricey, but after using it for a while (I don't remember how long, 6 months?) pretty regularly, I noticed that the spot on the front of my face was completely gone, and the one on the side had faded considerably. I noticed initial results within about a week of regular use, and the spots continued to fade. I haven't used it in close to a year, and the spots have not returned to their former darkness.

I highly recommend the product - it might be worth a try before undergoing a more drastic procedure.

PonyC... PonyChaser

PS, I don't know if it matters, but I also use their Redness Solutions line for mild Rosacea, and it works extremely well. So maybe the combination of the two of them is what zapped my spot? And no, I don't work for Clinique, I just really like their products.

craft... craftycatVT

Why not just get it zapped with a laser? That's what my mom always does.

nonmember avatar mollieMae

Dye your hair!

twili... twilightsbella

It doesnt look as bad as u think. If u didnt mention it i wouldnt have noticed it. If i was you i would try to do what ponychaser said to try and see if it works for you. That might be better on ur skin than doin what the dr said she can do

EmmaF... EmmaFromEire

I'd go for it. You aren't a fan of it, it's easily removed and it's in a spot where it could be covered up with hair in a pinch!

Wisey Wisey

mollieMae, rude!  

Teal Chastain Blacksten

It sounds like it would be just like getting a wart frozen off, or a mole removed, which you've already done. You said that "eventually" the spot would be completely gone, how long is "eventually?" I would get it done, myself. 

wendy... wendywendy

I'd get it done, and have done it myself.  I had already tried the OTC Clinique product mentioned here, and a prescription hydroquinone.  Both helped the regular freckles on my face but did not do a thing to the larger brown spots.  In fact, they seemed more prominent since the surrounding skin was paler.

My derm said that they are entirely different than freckles and will not fade.  I had about 10 things taken off with that procedure.  They say it's a month with them looking gory, but I only had about a week to 10 days, about 16 days for the biggest one.  After that for about another 2 weeks it was pink but easily covered with concealer.  Goriest and scabbiest for 5 days.

I've never done botox or anything else aside from this.

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