What It Is
Age spots are flat brown, grey, or black spots that appear most commonly on areas of the skin exposed to the sun. As such, they are also called sun spots, liver spots, solar lentigines, or senile lentigo. Age spots are a result of an excess production of the skin pigment, melanin. Though the exact causes of sunspots are unknown, doctors attribute their development to aging skin, sun exposure, and exposure to UV light, which includes tanning beds. As a result, areas of the skin that receive the most exposure to the sun are more likely to develop age spots such as the face, the back of your hands, your forearms, upper back, and shoulders.
How It’s Treated
The Q-Switched Nd: YAG laser treatment can strongly absorb melanin in the skin due to the 532 and 1064 nm laser. This means that it is highly effective in treating skin pigmentation conditions, such as reducing the appearance of age spots and lentigos. The treatment is safe for all skin types and skin tones.
For more than a decade, the Nd: YAG laser has been very effective in the treatment and removal of sun spots. While patients do experience some mild irritation to the skin after the treatment, it usually only lasts a few days to a week.
The Broadband light (BBL) l laser treatment sets new bars for treating skin conditions resulting from sun damage and aging. Our team at The Centre For Dermatology uses the power of BBL to reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, age spots, and sunspots. Depending on the condition of your skin and the results you want to achieve, the BBL treatment will be uniquely customized to you. After your procedure, you will notice that your skin is smoother and rejuvenated.
The BBL light procedure is gentle and non-invasive. Most patients experience minimal discomfort, although it does vary depending on the depth of the treatment. Full results are typically produced after a patient has undergone 3 to 5 treatments, spaced 4 to 6 weeks apart.
The MicroLaserPeel is another option if you seek fresh, youthful skin by reducing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. This treatment is one of the most precise and immediate, producing long-lasting results by removing the outer layers of the skin. It works to combat skin damage from exposure to the sun and is effective in the removal of pigmentation and discoloration. Popular treatment areas include the face, neck, back of hands, Remove chest, and shoulders. There is minimal downtime post-treatment and recovery takes only between 2 to 7 days, depending on the depth of the peel that you receive.