Age Spots Treatment Question and Answers
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What are age spots?
Age spots are seen as small, flat dark areas on the skin. They can vary in size and they usually appear on areas exposed to the sun often, such as the face, hands, shoulders and arms. Age spots are also well known as sun spots, liver spots and solar lentigines.
Age spots are more common in adults older than 50, but the younger generation can still get them if they spend time outside in the sun.
Age spots can affect people of any skin type, but they are most common in adults with light skin. Unlike freckles, which are commonly seen on the skin of children and fade with no sun exposure, age spots do not fade.
A few symptoms you may see if you have age spots:
- Flat, oval areas of increased pigmentation
- Seen as tan or dark brown in color
- Occurs on the skin that has seen the most sun exposure over the years like on the back of hands, tops of your feet, face, shoulders and upper back
- The size can range from the size of a freckle to ½ inch
- Can be seen grouped together, making them noticeable
What causes age spots?
Age spots are caused by the result of excess production of melanin, or skin pigment. Skin aging, sun exposure, and other forms of ultraviolet light exposure like being in a tanning bed for long exposure periods, are all possible causes of age spots on individuals. You are most likely to develop age spots on these areas of your skin the most, as they receive the most sun exposure:
- Back of your hands
- Upper back
You can easily have a doctor diagnose your age spots, just by having them look at your skin. While age spots are not considered cancerous or dangerous, and do not cause any health problems, the treatment of age spots are for cosmetic purposes, as many do not like the look of age spots on their skin.
Are there treatments for age spots?
While there are over-the-counter or at-home remedies you can try to remove age spots, these remedies do not help everyone or even 100% of the time.
Are there any treatments out there for age spots that help to remove age spots completely? Yes! Medical treatments options for age spots include:
- Laser and Intense Pulsed Light Therapy
Laser and Intense Pulsed Light Therapy helps to destroy melanin-making cells without harming the surface of your skin. You may need to see your doctor two or three times for treatment until gone.
- Freezing (Cryotherapy)
During the Cryotherapy, your doctor will apply liquid nitrogen or another freezing solution to your age spots using a cotton swab, this will destroy the color of the age spots on your skin. As your skin begins to heal, the age spots will become lighter in color.
- Dermabrasion and Microdermabrasion
Dermabrasion involves dermaplaning or sanding down the surface layer of your skin. This treatment helps to remove the surface of the skin and allowing a new layer of your skin to grow in its place.
Microdermabrasion helps to lighten the color of age spots.
- Chemical Peels
Chemical peel facials are when a medical professional applies a chemical acid to your face, which destroys the very outer layer of your skin down to your age spots. The outer layer will peel off, and new skin will grow in its place to replace it. You may need a few treatments done before you start to see results, as each individuals skin is different.
Only at medical professional clinics, a doctor will apply a highly concentrated liquid hydrogen peroxide to each age spot four times over the time span of four minutes. The hydrogen peroxide will help moisten age spots and dissolve them without damaging any of the surround skin.
Do you provide age spots treatment in Fairfax, VA?
Yes! Victoria Plastic Surgery Center offers age spot treatment to Fairfax, VA and surrounding areas! If you are interested in our age spot treatment, call or simply book an appointment online today! We are located and easy to find at 8503 Arlington Blvd #130, Fairfax VA, 22031. We serve clients from Fairfax VA, Alexandria VA, Washington VA, Reston VA, Annandale VA, and Manassas VA.