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Age Spots

  How can I treat already present Age spots? 

  • Skin care.  Skincare preparations with hydroquinone (prescription only) used alone or with retinoids (tretinoin), kojic acid, arbutin etc may gradually fade the spots over several months. Sun protection with a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or 50  is strongly advised if you use any skincare prepration.  The treatments may result in temporary itching, redness, burning or dryness. We use products from Obagi, Epionce, Skinceuticals, Neostrata etc to prepare a bespoke range for you meet your requirements.

  • Laser therapy and sublative (radiofrequency) destroys melanin-producing cells (melanocytes) without damaging the skin's surface. Treatments with a laser typically require several sessions.

  • Freezing (cryotherapy). This treatment involves applying liquid nitrogen or another freezing agent to the age spots so as to destroy the extra pigment.  When the treated area heals, the skin appears lighter.  This technique is generally used on a single age spot or a small grouping of age spots. Temporary irritation of the skin and  a slight risk of permanent scarring or discoloration are some of the risks associated with this procedure.We DO NOT provide this treatment in the clinic.

  • Genuine Dermaroller™ Therapy™ Dermaroller techmiques are also very effective in renewing and rejuvenating the skin. This technique can be used as a standalone treatment or combined with other treatments.  If you are prone to scarring and keloids then this treatment is not suitable for you. 

  • Chemical/Skin peel A chemical peel involves applying a chemical to your skin that burns the outer layer of your skin with the age spots.  As the skin peels and heals new skin takes its place.  Several treatments may be necessary before you notice any results. You MUST protect yourself from the sun. Temporary irritation is likely, and there's a slight risk of discoloration.

 

Why do we get age spots? 

Exposure to the sun causes age spots.  As we age our skin is subjected to more and more sun damage.  The melanin pigment in our skin absorbs sunlight and naturally protects our skin from UV rays.  As we age, our skin's natural ability to protect itself from UV rays from the sun begins to deteriorate, and as a result, we see the development of age spots. 

There are a couple of different types of brown spots that people get on their skin. These are solar lentigos (age spots) and freckles (known as ephiledes).  Some people, especially those with fair skin, have almost no melanin pigment and the  skin does not do a good job of protecting them from the sun and the body does not know how to respond properly.  As a result it can cause abnormal melanin pigment in the form of freckles and brown spots.  Dark-skinned people do a much better job of protecting themselves from the sun. 

Sun spots or Age spots or Liver spots? 
‘Age Spots’ have nothing to do with how old you are, they are, in fact, a result of how long you've been in the sun.

Is Tanning good?
When we expose ourselves to UVA and UVB from natural sunlight or from tanning beds the skin tans.  Tanned skin is in reality not healthy skin in fact the skin has been damaged.  It can result in age spots (solar lentigines), sun spots, liver spots, poikiloderma (reddish–brown areas of discoloration) and melasma (mottled brownish areas). 

Is Prevention from age spots possible?
Sun avoidance and sun protection can help in preventing age spots. Glass windows  protects us from 100% of the UVB light (the light which causes sunburn) but none of the UVA, the light responsible for sun damage and aging skin. So when you are driving or indoors or outdoors always wear sunscreen with both UVA and UVB protection 


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