Treatment for Age Spots
Whether you call them age spots, sun spots, brown spots, or liver spots, these darkened marks on the back of our hands and cheeks are an unwelcome change to our aging skin. While age spots can develop on any part of the body, they tend to be more prevalent on areas of skin that are frequently exposed to the sun. These darkened spots can give the skin a mottled appearance and make it look older or more gaunt due to the clustering of melanin. However, there are treatment options available that can help reduce the appearance of age spots and improve the overall look and feel of your skin.
What causes age spots?
Can age spots be removed?
Age spots typically result from significant exposure to sunlight or tanning beds. They can manifest in various hues and appear irregular, flat, and dark patches on the face, neck, chest, and hands. Although age spots are generally benign, monitoring them for changes in color and margins over time is essential.
Chemical peels are a great option to treat and remove age spots. The type of chemical peel is selected based on the severity of the darkened pigmentation and the acceptable amount of downtime.
Laser treatment is also highly effective for treating age spots. High-intensity laser light targets the pigment (melanin) in the spots. The lasers cause a tiny thermal injury to the unwanted pigment, triggering the body’s natural healing process, which fades the age spots. Chemical peels and laser treatment for age spots are suitable and successful for people of all skin types. Still, personalized recommendations should be considered based on skin tone to reach optimal results when removing age spots.