Bananas, Brown Spots, & Your Skin

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We don’t often think of our skin in comparison to a ripening banana. Yet, just as bananas turn brown due to a simple oxidation process—so does our skin. Like the brown spots on a banana, our face too develops brown spots (also known as age or sun spots). While a banana and our skin differ greatly, both are subject to the damaging properties of oxidation. Similar to a banana left on the counter, when exposed to oxygen, our bodies create unstable molecules known as free radicals, which are in turn, responsible for the visible signs of aging.

Like the thick yellow skin of a banana, our skin serves a protective barrier—making our skin vulnerable to damaging external factors such as UV rays, radiation, cigarette smoke, and pollution. Along with these factors, time takes a toll on our skin. Just as a forgotten banana will eventually ripen, turn brown, and shrivel—when left uncared for, our skin’s structural framework is broken down. Like the month-old shriveled banana, our skin appears wrinkled and sagging due to the loss of collagen and elastin which provide tautness and elasticity to the skin.

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No one wants there skin to look like this

“Un-Ripen” Your Skin

As superficial pigmentation blemishes, brown spots are generally treatable. The best way to lessen their appearance is to target the upper layers of the skin. At Burgess Plastic Surgery, we are proud to offer XEO LimeLight, a cutting edge light and IPL (intense pulsed light) treatment.
Designed to target and reduce red and brown pigment in the skin, XEO LimeLight delivers a non-invasive light treatment. Dr. Burgess is able to create a customizable treatment to best address your unique complexion concerns. As sunspots do not only develop on the face—XEO LimeLight is gentle enough to treat the neck, décolletage, and hands.

Reducing damage done to the upper layers of the dermis, XEO Limelight rids the skin of sun spots and areas of discoloration. In addition, XEO LimeLight can also reduce the appearance of small blood vessels including spider veins. Throughout the treatment, collagen production is stimulated—helping to soften the appearance fine lines and reducing the effects of aging.

It goes without saying, no one wants their skin to look like a spotted banana. With the assistance of XEO LimeLight, Dr. Burgess is able to “un-ripen” your appearance. If you have been eager to restore your skin, we encourage you to schedule a consultation at Burgess Plastic Surgery.

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