Freckles are flat pigmented spots on the skin. They are harmless and usually appear on the sun exposed areas the body, like the cheeks, nose, chest and shoulders. Freckles are more common in people with a fair complexion. They are more noticeable in Summer months and fade somewhat in the Winter months. Intense pulsed light treatments are effective in reducing the appearance of freckles on the face, and body. Avoiding sun exposure and applying a sun block will keep the skin protected to prevent additional freckles from forming.
Before and after photos provided courtesy of Akio Sato, MD and reprinted with permission by Palomar Medical Technologies, Inc.