As a person ages, a number different things can happen to the skin, such as the occurrence of fine lines, wrinkles and age spots. These spots are known by a few different names, including “liver spots” or “lentigines” but are more commonly known as sunspots and are caused by a combination of aging and sun exposure.
Preventative measures such as wearing sun-screen can help, but often the damage is done when we are in our youth, and even sunscreen is not 100% effective at reducing damage from UV light since age is also a key contributing factor. Over time the freckles caused by aging and sun exposure become darker and more visible. The good news is that there are quite a few different courses of action that can be undertaken to help improve the overall appearance of age spots on the skin.
Laser Treatments for Age Spots
One of the common methods that is employed to treat age spots are laser procedures. There are a few different types of laser treatment that can be used, depending on the type of damage that has occurred and the age and number of spots being treated.
45-54 year old woman treated for age spots
Candela Alex-trivantage – this treatment normally only requires just one to two sessions to remove individual age spots. Each spot is targeted by the laser, and the spot will turn white. A scab will form and then over the period of a week, the area will heal, and the spot will have been removed. This treatment works well for those individuals have some specific spots or specific areas of age-related damage that they wish to treat.
Fraxel Dual laser – for those individuals who prefer to have an entire area treated, such as the face, decolletage, back or arms & legs, then the Fraxel laser can be a good option. One of the benefits of the Fraxel Laser is that it can treat both sun damage, fine lines and wrinkles or acne scars, and can be used when someone is looking to treat a range of age-related issues at once. At least two or three treatment sessions of Fraxel will likely be required for the full effects to be realized.
Clear+Brilliant – this treatment is quite similar to the Fraxel laser in many ways (in fact many people refer to it as the “mini-Fraxel”, but with slightly lighter results, meaning that more treatments will be required for the treatment to be wholly effective.
There are 2 handpieces to Clear+Brilliant, the main Clear+Brilliant helps specifically with pores, fine lines and wrinkles, and Permea which is designed for sun spots and generated pigmentation. This treatment is typically recommended for individuals with lighter skin complexions. One of the benefits from Clear+Brilliant is that there is zero downtime after the procedure.
Chemical Peels for Age Spots – Another option to treat age spots and age-related damage, especially when a large area of the skin is affected, are chemical peels. A peel can treat a large area and can help provide a general improvement of the look and feel of the skin. Chemical peels can vary in strength, and a superficial peel, or a medium depth peel may be enough to help improve age-related damage to the skin. A superficial peel can heal very quickly, in a few days. A medium strength peel, can take a week or more to heal. Dr. Michele Green will provide you with recommendations as to which strength peel you should select.
After the treatment, for best results, Dr. Green recommends the MGSkinLabs Skin Lightening cream. It contains a concentrated 5% hydroquinone formula for dark spots, sun spots, hyperpigmentation, and other skin discolorations.
Regardless as to whether a patient has had laser treatments or chemical peels, there are a number of different ways in which age spots and age-related damage can be effectively treated.
If you’re frustrated with the look of age spots on your skin, there’s finally a nonsurgical solution that can help. Contact us online today or call our NYC based office 212-535-3088 to learn more about the range of age spot treatments that may be right for you.