AGE SPOTS

Age spots (also called “liver spots”) are flat small brown or gray areas on the skin caused by increased pigment (melanin) formation. They are usually more common on areas that have had the most sun exposure throughout the years, like the hands and the face. People with a fair complexion have higher chance of developing age spots. Age spots vary in size, ranging from a few millimeters, to more than a centimeter and can appear in clusters, making them more visible. Age spots often appear along with the other signs of sun damage like dry skin, wrinkles and spider veins. Prolonged, unprotected sun exposure is obviously the most important factor in causing age spots. Using tanning beds for a long time can produce a similar effect. Advanced age and our genes are also among the risk factors. Despite their name, age spots or liver spots are unrelated to the liver function. Although looking unsightly, age spots are harmless. However, it is very important not to overlook some skin conditions and cancers which can look like age spots. To prevent age spot formations, one should minimize UV exposure (especially from 12 to 4 p.m.), wear hats, protective clothing and apply a sunscreen with SPF 30 and more. Age spots treatments include:

  • Skin products (hydroquinone, kojic acids, and retinoids)- help to destroy or decrease melanin production.
  • Chemical peels-gradually fade age spots.
  • Microdermabrasion– safely removes upper layers of the skin to improve the pigmentation.
  • Resurfacing lasers (Pixel), IPL– target excess melanin, rejuvenate the skin and stimulate new collagen production, significantly improving age spots appearance.

Each treatment should be carefully adjusted to your age, skin type and your personal expectations. Call us to arrange your complimentary consultation.

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