Best Treatment for Age Spots NYC
Part of the aging process entails that we start to see changes happening in our skin, whether we like it or not. Not only do we start to develop fine lines and wrinkles, but perhaps more noticeably, age spots may begin to appear. Age spots are discrete and flat brown, black, or gray areas of pigment that are darker in color than the rest of the surrounding skin. This type of dark spot, also known as a liver spot or solar lentigo, develops due to frequent sun exposure. For many, age spots may induce feelings of self-consciousness and frustration, causing us to look much older than we feel. Luckily, Dr. Michele Green in New York City offers a host of solutions in her private dermatology office to reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentation and sunspots so patients can look and feel like the best versions of themselves.
Over time, age spots tend to become darker, more prominent, and more numerous. More commonly affecting adults over the age of 50, sunspots can affect individuals as young as 12 years old who have neglected proper sunscreen use. For patients of any age, cosmetic treatments like chemical Peels, HydraFacials, microdermabrasion, cryotherapy, Fraxel, and other laser resurfacing lasers are effective non-invasive solutions for reducing the appearance of age spots on your skin. If you’re frustrated by the appearance of dark spots on the skin, NYC cosmetic board-certified dermatologist Dr. Michele Green is here to help.
Dr. Green is an internationally recognized expert in non-invasive skin rejuvenation treatments, including removing unwanted hyperpigmentation, sun spots, and age spots. Castle Connolly, New York Magazine, Super Doctors, and the New York Times consistently identify Dr. Green as one of New York City’s best dermatologists for her dedication to her patients and expertise. She takes a holistic approach and embraces a less-is-more philosophy when it comes to facial rejuvenation, customizing each patient’s treatment plan to address their specific concerns best and achieve their ideal aesthetic goals. When you consult with Dr. Green at her private dermatology office in Manhattan’s Upper East Side neighborhood, she will work with you to create a personalized treatment plan that leaves you looking and feeling like the best version of yourself.
What are age spots?
Age spots are flat pigmented areas of skin that vary in size. These dark spots are also referred to as solar lentigines and are typically between the size of a freckle and 1/2 inch in diameter. Often, age spots develop on individuals with fair skin who have spent considerable time in the sun. Sun exposure commonly causes age spots to develop on the face, chest, arms, shoulders, and hands. Other forms of ultraviolet light exposure, such as tanning beds, may also cause age spots to form. Ultraviolet (UV) light can accelerate the production of melanin in the skin, which is a naturally occurring pigment that gives the skin its color. Age spots are often caused by overactive melanin cells, where the pigment becomes concentrated on the skin’s surface.
These dark spots range in color from tan to dark brown and can often group together on areas of the body with the most sun exposure. Age spots can sometimes look very similar to skin cancer, but they are, in fact, harmless and do not require medical treatment. Many patients, however, choose to treat age spots for cosmetic purposes, to create an even skin tone, and restore a more youthful appearance. If any dark spots on the skin change in size or color, it indicates that the lesion could be cancerous. In this case, you should consult a board-certified dermatologist, like Dr. Green in NYC, who can discern whether a lesion is an age spot or a cancerous growth. Dr. Green has over two and a half decades of experience in dermatology, including the medical treatment of skin cancer and cosmetic removal of age spots. Regardless of the type of dark spots or age spots, Dr. Green is here to help.
Are age spots raised?
Age spots are not raised growths but instead appear as flat lesions on the skin that are darker than the surrounding skin. A raised dark spot on the skin is typically a growth called a Seborrheic Keratosis, which is another type of skin lesion that can develop due to aging and sun damage. Seborrheic Keratoses, however, look similar in appearance to a mole or a wart. Seborrheic Keratoses are generally benign, like age spots. They can, however, be removed by a board-certified dermatologist for cosmetic purposes. Patients may choose to have Seborrheic Keratoses removed because they can cause itching, bleeding, and skin irritation. Any dark spot on your skin, whether it be flat or raised, that changes in size, color, or shape could be a cancerous lesion. If you notice an evolving dark spot on your skin, schedule a consultation with Dr. Michele Green in NYC. Dr. Green can perform a biopsy to determine if the area in question is skin cancer or not. Typically, dark or changing moles may be the first presentation of melanoma, malignant lentigo, or another form of skin cancer and should be promptly evaluated.
Fraxel – 4 weeks before and after
Do age spots go away?
Unlike freckles, age spots will not disappear independently, even if they are properly protected from sun exposure. Age spots require treatment, whether it be with topical ingredients or in-office procedures, for effective diminishment. With the help of board-certified dermatologist Dr. Michele Green in New York City, your age spots can be faded as if they were never even there, leaving you with an even skin tone, radiant complexion, and overall more youthful appearance. Whether your age spot treatment is removed through the use of prescription topical creams like hydroquinone or in-office cosmetic procedures such as chemical peels, Fraxel laser, or Candela’s AlexTrivantage laser, Dr. Green has the perfect solution for you. She will customize your treatment plan to cater to your specific skin concerns, skin type, and unique aesthetic goals.
Can age spots be removed?
Yes! Dr. Green can help patients easily achieve an even-toned complexion and eliminate age spots by using tailored skincare products and applying several non-invasive dermatological techniques. For most patients, the discoloration associated with age spots can be significantly reduced and, in many cases, even completely removed through cosmetic treatments like skin-lightening creams, chemical peels, and laser resurfacing treatment sessions. Dr. Green will review the best options with you during your consultation. Together she will create a combination of treatments and products to produce the most optimal results for your age spot removal.
What removes age spots?
When it comes to getting rid of age spots and other similar forms of skin discoloration, various non-invasive treatment options are available. Dr. Green offers a range of treatments to meet her patient’s unique needs, including cryotherapy or “freezing” of the age spot cells to remove them, laser treatments, microdermabrasion, chemical peels, Cosmelan®, Mesopeels®, and topical lightening creams and lotions. Expert board-certified dermatologist Dr. Green will determine the treatment method or combination of treatments best suited to you during your individual consultation in her private dermatology office in NYC.
Age spots typically occur at the base of the top layer of skin (the epidermis). The most effective treatments are those which can penetrate this top layer to break down the concentration of melanin-producing cells (melanocytes). Many of these treatment methods can also, to some degree, help to boost the amount of collagen in the skin. Collagen is a naturally-occurring component in the skin that acts as a structural support and provides a firm foundation. Though several over-the-counter creams are available designed to treat or lighten the appearance of brown spots on the skin, the most effective way to reduce or eliminate age spots is through a dermatologist-recommended treatment plan. Consulting with Dr. Green in NYC is the safest, fastest, and most effective way to achieve a clear, youthful, even-toned complexion that lasts.
45-54 year old woman treated for age spots
What removes age spots on the face?
Typically, the first recommended treatment is a prescribed topical medication from your dermatologist. Go-to active ingredients for prescription topical creams include retinoids and hydroquinone. Hydroquinone is a bleaching agent that can interrupt melanin formation. Melanin is the component in the skin responsible for its pigment or color. Hydroquinone has different strengths, and Dr. Green will determine the best concentration based on your skin type.
In-office cosmetic procedures are often more effective than topical lightening creams on their own and usually produce longer-lasting results. In Dr. Green’s office, there is an array of treatment options for getting rid of age spots on the face that vary from a light chemical peel to a laser resurfacing treatment, and a variety of age spot treatment options will be discussed in-depth below.
Cryotherapy is a procedure that entails the use of liquid nitrogen, which is applied directly to age spots on the skin using a cotton-tipped swab. This treatment ultimately destroys the excess pigment in the skin associated with the age spots. After your cryotherapy treatment, it is normal to observe that the skin temporarily darkens in the “frozen” treatment area. As the area heals, a scab forms. This scab will naturally slough off on its own, revealing healthy, lighter-colored, new skin underneath. Cryotherapy is rarely used today since laser treatments and chemical peels are much more effective and targeted to age spot and sun spot removal.
One reliable skin rejuvenation technique for reducing age spots on the face is that of a chemical peel. Chemical peels are tailor-made treatments that can help with various signs of skin aging, including age spots and hyperpigmentation. During this procedure, Dr. Green applies a chemical solution to the face to effectively remove the top layers of the skin. This process can help to remove age spots and result in a healthy, fresh new layer of skin. Chemical peels are entirely customizable regarding treatment depth and strength, ranging from deep phenol peels to superficial glycolic acid peels and trichloroacetic acid peels. When you consult with Dr. Green regarding your specific skin concerns and personal cosmetic goals, she will advise as to which type of chemical peel will give you the best results. After a chemical peel, a patient must avoid sun exposure as much as possible in order to prevent any irritation to the newly exposed layers of skin.
Cosmelan Peels for Melasma
Melasma is a skin condition characterized by hyperpigmentation patches that are usually brown or grayish in color. Many patients with melasma notice what initially appears to be a few sun spots on the skin that, over time, begin to enlarge and coalesce. Melasma can be caused by a combination of hormones, sun damage, and genetics and can be an extremely difficult skin condition to treat. Laser treatments, such as Fraxel, IPL, and Picosure laser, can worsen melasma significantly. Dr. Green prefers to treat melasma with Cosmelan peels.
Cosmelan treatment entails a set of two peels that are applied in Dr. Green’s medical office and worn by the patient for a number of hours at home before they remove the product with a gentle cleanser. Cosmelan works by removing the existing accumulation of melanin in the hyperpigmented patches and inhibiting the formation of new pigment. Although Cosmelan was designed specifically for treating melasma, Dr. Green has expanded its use and applied it to treat other forms of hyperpigmentation. Dr. Green can determine whether or not you are an appropriate candidate for Cosmelan during your consultation with her in New York City.
AlexTrivantage treatment before and after
Microdermabrasion is a simple, non-invasive procedure. Dr. Green uses a fine abrasive tip or crystal to remove the outermost layers of dead skin to reduce the amount of darker pigment present, which in turn evens out skin tone. It’s an excellent option for those with sun-damaged skin, age spots, acne scars, or skin discoloration. Additionally, microdermabrasion can be applied beyond the face to the neck and chest in order to blend the skin and reduce any additional sun damage. This procedure is safe for all skin types and requires no downtime, though patients should plan on keeping a strong sunscreen regimen post-treatment.
HydraFacial is a medical-grade hydradermabrasion treatment designed to reduce aging signs and improve all-over facial rejuvenation. The HydraFacial is a three-step process. The steps include deeply cleansing and gently exfoliating the skin and then actively infusing a blend of vitamins and nutrients into the skin with intensive serums. One of the greatest benefits of the HydraFacial treatment is that it is completely customizable with booster serums, each containing different ingredients designed to target various skin issues. For dark spots, in particular, the Britenol booster is ideal. Britenol contains a high concentration of vitamin C and helps to lighten areas of hyperpigmentation and brighten the overall complexion. Other HydraFacial boosters include the Dermabuilder for collagen production, Rozatrol for redness and rosacea, and Connective Tissue Growth Factor to help create healthy new skin. In your consultation with Dr. Green, you will have the opportunity to highlight the skin concerns which bother you most and discover which HydraFacial treatment would be best for your goals.
Laser Treatments for Age Spots
Laser treatment and light therapy are among the most popular non-invasive procedures for age spots on the face and the body. There are a variety of laser treatments that are highly effective when it comes to eliminating age spots on the skin, including the Fraxel Dual laser, Candela AlexTrivantage laser, Clear + Brilliant laser, and Intense Pulsed Light laser. These laser treatment options will each be explained in more detail below.
With the Candela AlexTrivantage laser treatment, Dr. Green is able to remove discrete age spots on the face and body in as few as 1-2 treatment sessions. Each age spot is targeted by the laser, which destroys the excess pigment. Immediately after treatment, the age spots are visibly white. In the days following treatment with AlexTrivantage, a scab will form in the treatment area. The hyperpigmentation and discoloration associated with the age spots are effectively eliminated through the healing process. The result is a more even skin tone and clear, radiant complexion that appears healthy, youthful, and bright.
Fraxel & Juvederm before and after – 3 months
Fraxel laser treatment
The Fraxel Dual laser is an excellent non-invasive treatment option for those interested in treating numerous age spots or sun damage that covers large treatment areas rather than presenting as discrete, individual dark spots. Dr. Green often uses the Fraxel laser to treat evidence of sun damage and sun spots on the face, arms, chest, back, legs, or hands. Not only does Fraxel improve the appearance of hyperpigmentation, but it can also be used to treat fine lines, wrinkles, acne scars, and other textural irregularities, making it an indispensable tool for overall facial rejuvenation. The Fraxel laser has two wavelengths, 1927 which treats primary pigmentation and sun spots (age spots), and the 1550 wavelength, which treats primary wrinkles, stretch marks, and acne scars. Dr. Green often refers to the Fraxel® laser as the “magic eraser” due to its unique ability to essentially reverse such a wide array of visible signs of aging. Most patients treating sun damage and age spots with Fraxel will need approximately 2-3 treatment sessions, spaced one month apart, for the best cosmetic results.
Clear + Brilliant Laser
The Clear + Brilliant® treatment is often called the “mini-Fraxel laser” and is designed to improve the appearance of enlarged pores, fine lines and wrinkles, sun spots, and overall pigmentation issues. The Clear and Brilliant laser treatment is a good fit for patients with all skin types and skin tones, and there’s absolutely zero downtime required after the procedure. Many patients love that they can schedule a Clear + Brilliant treatment with ease due to the fact that there is no recovery time, and they can gradually see an improvement in their skin texture, tone, and appearance of their sunspots. Since the Clear + Brilliant laser is a “color blind” laser, many Asian, Hispanic, and African American patients who are unable to have the Fraxel laser treatment options choose to take advantage of the benefits of the Clear and Brilliant laser treatment for overall skin rejuvenation.
Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)
Intense Pulsed Light therapy (IPL), sometimes referred to as a “photo facial” or “Forever Young BBL”, is a non-invasive treatment that improves the tone and texture of a patient’s skin without the need for significant downtime or recovery. It’s a technology that uses different wavelengths of light to smooth the skin and reduce the appearance of discoloration, brown spots, sun damage, and other skin aging signs. IPL is unique in that its treatment reaches deep into the dermal layer of the skin, targeting and eliminating pigment cells that disrupt the evenness of a patient’s skin tone. It’s safe to use on the face, chest, neck, and body, and the treatment takes 15-30 minutes.
What removes age spots on the hands?
Luckily, most of the effective cosmetic treatments Dr. Green recommends for eliminating age spots on the face are also excellent options for erasing dark spots on the hands. It is common for the hands to be among the first areas of the body to show evidence of sun damage, particularly age spots. Combining MGSKINLABs, Inc. topical lightening creams with laser treatments, such as the Candela AlexTrivantage or Fraxel Dual procedures, is one of the fastest, easiest, and safest approaches when it comes to getting rid of the appearance of age spots on the hands.
How to get rid of age spots on legs
Dr. Green recommends the Candela AlexTrivantage laser and the Fraxel laser to remove age spots on the legs. These treatments can target a wider area of discoloration or dark spots on the skin in a single treatment session. The Fraxel laser offers overall skin rejuvenation to the legs, and the AlexTrivantage will remove darker, discrete age spots, leaving you with beautiful, even skin tone and texture. When you consult Dr. Green at her private dermatology office in Manhattan’s Upper East Side neighborhood, she will work with you to determine which laser treatments, chemical peels, and specially formulated skincare products will safely and effectively reduce the appearance of age spots on the legs.
How can I prevent age spots?
Ultimately, the best way to reduce the appearance of age spots is to prevent them from developing entirely. Fair-skinned individuals who spend time in the sun are at higher risk for developing age spots. To prevent age spots from forming, it’s best to adhere to an appropriate sunscreen regimen and strict sun avoidance, which includes using protective clothing like a hat, sunglasses, and clothing that covers your skin. The American Academy of Dermatology does advise that age spots, as well as other forms of hyperpigmentation, may return after treatment- particularly among patients who are not actively limiting risk or practicing sun protection.
Since UV exposure and sun damage are the leading causes of dark spots on the skin, Dr. Green recommends that her patients apply a daily broad-spectrum sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 30. A broad-spectrum sunscreen will protect the skin from both UVA and UVB rays. Patients can also ensure a high ultraviolet protection factor (UPF) within their clothing to maximize sun protection. Ideally, fabrics should have a UPF of 40 to 50 to be considered protective clothing.
When do age spots appear?
Age spots are most commonly seen in patients 50 years of age or older. However, they can begin to appear as small pigmented spots in patients as young as 20 years old. Younger people are less likely to exhibit age spots or signs of sun damage unless they are frequently exposed to UV light. When younger people develop sun spots, it is typically due to numerous sunburns or tanning beds. Age spots are most commonly seen in patients with fairer skin types. They can often be prevented by following a good sun protection regimen, including the daily use of broad-spectrum sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 30.
When it comes to finding safe, effective, and fast removal of age spots and other forms of hyperpigmentation, the office of a board-certified dermatologist is the ideal setting. Over-the-counter topical creams and lotions can be used to treat age spots, but a dermatologist can ensure that your treatment is the most effective option for your specific skin condition. Further, a dermatologist or healthcare provider will be able to examine any dark spot on the skin to determine if there are any medical concerns with a particular lesion or mark. Dr. Green is an expert in the field of cosmetic dermatology with over 25 years of experience erasing age spots and providing her patients with the best anti-aging treatments. The health and satisfaction of her patients are her top priority, which is one of the reasons why she is consistently identified as one of New York City’s best dermatologists by Castle Connolly, New York Magazine, and Super Doctors.
What is a dark spot corrector? What does it do?
A dark spot corrector is a type of skincare product designed to diminish the appearance of areas of hyperpigmentation on the skin, including age spots and hyperpigmentation associated with sun damage and UV exposure—many available dark spot correctors over the counter work by inhibiting melanin production in melanocytes. By preventing the production of pigment in the cells responsible for producing that pigment, these dark spot-correcting creams can greatly reduce the visibility of hyperpigmented spots, including age spots.
Is there a dark spot corrector that really works?
There is a variety of dark spot-fading creams, available over-the-counter or in prescription strength, that are safe and effective for reducing the appearance of discoloration on the skin’s surface. Dr. Green can recommend you the best combination of topical dark spots corrector creams and in-office treatments, such as cryotherapy, microdermabrasion, HydraFacials, chemical peels, and laser resurfacing that can all work wonderfully to eliminate age spots on the skin and help to create even skin tone and more youthful, radiant appearance. For most patients who struggle with any form of hyperpigmentation, the best approach is a treatment plan that combines in-office procedures with a customized skin care plan, producing the most ideal cosmetic results that are guaranteed to last.
What is the best dark spot remover?
It may come as a surprise to learn that there is no one “best” treatment for dark spots on the skin. For some patients, the best treatment plan may, in fact, be a combination treatment of skin care products and in-office treatments. It’s important to note that some treatments may be inappropriate for patients with pigmentation forms on the skin that are not purely age spots or sun spots. For example, it’s best to avoid more intense laser treatments for patients with melasma, as these can exacerbate the pigmentation of melasma on the skin. When you work with Dr. Green, she can examine your current skin condition and medical history to determine which treatments best meet your specific needs and unique aesthetic goals.
55 year old – Before & After AlexTrivantage for age spots
What is the best product to get rid of age spots?
It can be somewhat intimidating to start looking for skincare products for treating age spots since there are so many on the market and a variety of active ingredients used in each, all designed to target the same thing. You may wonder: “How can it be determined which is truly the best?” When it comes to reducing the appearance of your age spots through the use of topical skincare products, ingredients like retinol, glycolic acid, kojic acid, vitamin C, and hydroquinone are among the best and most effective ones to look for. These active ingredients have been proven effective in reducing the appearance of dark spots over time. Some ingredients, like retinol and hydroquinone, are available in prescription strength when you work with Dr. Green. Skincare products that contain skin-lightening agents can be drying, so always use a nourishing moisturizer in conjunction with them. Consulting with a board-certified dermatologist, such as Dr. Green in New York, is the best way to determine which skincare products are best suited to treating your age spots and achieving the best, long-lasting cosmetic results.
Does hydroquinone permanently remove dark spots?
Hydroquinone is one of the best skincare ingredients for permanently removing excess pigment from dark spots on the skin. Hydroquinone is a skin-lightening ingredient that effectively reduces the number of melanocytes in the skin. Melanocytes are the skin cells responsible for producing melanin, the component in the skin that gives it pigment. Although many patients who treat their dark spots with hydroquinone enjoy permanent results, it is important to remember that continued sun exposure can cause your hyperpigmentation to return. Melanocytes are triggered to produce melanin when exposed to UV light, including the sun’s rays. For this reason, proper sunscreen application and adequate sun protection are critical for patients with hyperpigmentation.
Does hydroquinone work on red spots?
Skincare products that contain hydroquinone are designed to lighten and brighten the skin. Hydroquinone is a skin-lightening agent, approved by the FDA, that has been shown to lighten areas of hyperpigmentation significantly. This can include the appearance of brown spots of discoloration that remain after the skin has been inflamed (such as due to an acne breakout). This topical treatment can be used to lighten the appearance of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. Still, it can not be used to reduce any redness associated with active skin inflammation or red spots. The Vbeam laser is the “gold standard” for removing red spots on the skin. The Vbeam operates on a wavelength specifically targeting various shades of red pigment, leaving the surrounding skin untouched. The red pigment absorbs the laser energy and is destroyed, creating a more even skin tone. Vbeam can be used to treat all forms of skin redness, including rosacea, broken capillaries, stretch marks, acne scars, surgical scars, and more. Most patients require a short series of 4-6 initial treatment sessions to achieve their long-lasting desired results. When you consult with Dr. Green at her private dermatology office in Manhattan’s Upper East Side neighborhood, she will work with you to develop a customized rejuvenation treatment plan that caters best to your specific needs and unique aesthetic goals.
Can you remove age spots yourself? How to remove age spots naturally
The best way to remove age spots naturally is through the use of targeted treatments that can take advantage of the skin’s natural regenerative processes. Treatments such as chemical peels, microdermabrasion, and laser treatments can significantly diminish the appearance of hyperpigmentation related to sun damage and age spots by removing discolored and damaged skin cells and stimulating the creation of new, healthy, and even-toned skin cells. Most patients who prefer to take a more natural approach to their cosmetic facial rejuvenation enjoy the benefits of using a vitamin C serum, especially those struggling with hyperpigmentation. Vitamin C is a skincare ingredient that naturally stimulates skin cell renewal and collagen production (and contains plenty of antioxidants, too). Dr. Green typically recommends to her patients that they use her specially formulated Vita-C serum from her MGSKINLABS, Inc. skincare line, which contains a high concentration of Vitamin C. Consistent use of Vita-C serum results in a brighter overall complexion that is more even in both tone and texture, naturally.
How much does age spot removal cost?
Removing age spots can be achieved in a number of ways, and the total cost for your age spot treatment will ultimately depend on several contributing factors. The geographic location of the office where you are treated, the total number of specific spots being treated, the type and severity of the discoloration, and the combination of treatment options chosen will all influence the cost of your age spot removal treatment. Topical treatments may be more inexpensive than any in-office cosmetic procedures. Still, over-the-counter skincare for age spots is not always sufficient for optimal results. Consistency with your skincare routine is always a must. Still, depending on the depth of the pigment causing the appearance of your age spot, sometimes even a prescription-strength topical cream may not penetrate deep enough to lighten it.
For age spots that topicals just won’t work for, in-office treatments are required to improve their appearance. In-office cosmetic procedures with a board-certified dermatologist can vary widely in terms of cost, and some treatments may require multiple sessions. Working with a board-certified dermatologist is guaranteed to provide ideal results. However, it may be more costly than having treatment in a medical spa setting with an esthetician or nurse. It is important to be considerate when choosing your provider in order to avoid any unwanted side effects that can occur with inexperienced or unqualified providers, such as hyperpigmentation, hypopigmentation, or even scarring of the treatment area. Dr. Green in New York City has over two decades of experience providing the best cosmetic treatments for some of the world’s most discerning men and women. When you work with Dr. Green, she’ll take the time to curate treatment plans that align with your unique personal cosmetic needs and your budget.
Cosmelan 10 weeks before and after
Can age spots be removed with a laser?
Yes! Age spots can be significantly lightened with various laser treatments. Dr. Green offers numerous types of cosmetic laser treatments in her boutique NYC dermatology office, such as the Fraxel laser, Clear + Brilliant, and Candela’s Alex Trivantage laser. In general, laser treatments will lighten dark spots or age spots more effectively when compared to over-the-counter topical lightening creams. The laser device most appropriate for treating your particular age spots will ultimately depend on several factors, including the type of dark spots and your skin tone. Dr. Green has over 25 years of experience providing the best non-invasive cosmetic treatments for facial rejuvenation, including eliminating age spots, and will work with you to develop a treatment approach best suited to you.
It is critical to consult with a board-certified dermatologist, like Dr. Green, rather than an esthetician, for your laser treatments for age spot removal treatment in order to ensure that you avoid experiencing any unwanted side effects. Some potential side effects that are more likely to occur with an inexperienced or unqualified provider include permanent changes in skin color, such as worsening hyperpigmentation, hypopigmentation, and even scarring.
Some forms of hyperpigmentation, like melasma, should never be treated with laser devices. Treating melasma with a laser can worsen hyperpigmentation by entrenching the pigment into the deeper layers of the skin. For too many patients, Dr. Green has corrected the appearance of melasma that has, unfortunately, been worsened by inappropriate use of laser treatment in a setting such as a medical spa. It can be very difficult to treat hyperpigmentation in these cases. This unfortunate side effect is avoidable when you are initially treated for hyperpigmentation with an expert board-certified dermatologist like Dr. Green.
Can a dermatologist remove age spots?
A board-certified dermatologist, like Dr. Green in NYC, is the best person to trust with your age spot removal treatment. Age spots, and other facial hyperpigmentation, usually require more treatment than over-the-counter topical creams. In-office cosmetic treatments and prescription topical creams are generally more effective for lightening dark spots and producing longer-lasting results. While some medical spas may offer skin-lightening procedures, there is always a greater risk of experiencing unwanted side effects when you are being treated by a nurse or an esthetician rather than a board-certified dermatologist. Hyperpigmentation, hypopigmentation, and scarring are all potential side effects of having age spot removal treatment that can be best avoided by having your treatment with an experienced and knowledgeable medical professional.
Additionally, although age spots themselves are not typically harmful, nor do they tend to indicate an underlying health issue, it is important to have regular skin checks with a dermatologist. Some dark spots on the skin can indicate skin cancer and must be promptly removed and treated. If a new dark spot arises between the regular skin checks that concern you, schedule an appointment with Dr. Green, it can be vital for your health to have new or changing dark spots looked at by a dermatologist.
If your dark spots are diagnosed as age spots, an experienced dermatologist like Dr. Green can safely and effectively reduce (or, in most cases, completely remove) the appearance of hyperpigmentation. Using the latest and most cutting-edge non-invasive treatment options, including laser resurfacing technologies and medical-grade chemical peels, Dr. Green has erased the appearance of age spots for some of the most discerning men and women worldwide, providing them with an even skin tone, radiant complexion, and overall more youthful appearance. When you work with Dr. Green, she will develop a treatment plan that will give you long-lasting, optimal cosmetic results without the need for significant downtime.
Can you get rid of age spots permanently?
Yes! When you have age spot treatment with an expert in cosmetic dermatology, such as board-certified dermatologist Dr. Michele Green in New York City, it is possible to permanently reduce their appearance, restore an even skin tone, and create an overall more youthful appearance. While the cosmetic results from sun spot removal procedures are long-lasting, it is important to remember that melanocytes in the skin have memory. Melanocytes are the skin cells that are responsible for producing pigment in the skin. When exposed to the sun’s UV rays, melanocytes may become triggered to produce excess melanin, which may potentially cause age spots (or other unwanted hyperpigmentation) to return. For this reason, one of the most important aftercare considerations following age spot treatment is adequate sunscreen application and overall sun protection.
The best way to ensure that your age spot treatment results are permanent is by avoiding direct sun exposure by covering your skin with protective clothing, a sun hat, and sunglasses and staying in the shade. Sunscreen should be a minimum SPF of 30, layered, and reapplied every ninety minutes. Your sunscreen should also be labeled as “broad-spectrum” to indicate that it offers protection against both UVA and UVB rays. First, a chemical sunscreen should be applied to layer your sunscreens appropriately. Chemical sunscreens contain ingredients such as oxybenzone, avobenzone, octisalate, octocrylene, homosalate, and/or octinoxate. Chemical sunscreens work by undergoing chemical reactions with UV rays, transforming the light energy into heat and releasing it in order to protect the skin. A physical sunscreen should be applied after applying your chemical sunscreen. Physical sunscreens contain either zinc oxide or titanium dioxide and work by sitting atop the skin, acting as a physical barrier to block UV rays from penetrating the skin. Patients with fair skin or a history of skin cancer should use sunscreen with an even higher SPF for the best protection.
What do age spots look like?
Age spots, or solar lentigines, are flat areas of skin that are more pigmented than the surrounding skin and vary in size. These dark spots are typically between the size of a freckle and 1/2 inch in diameter. Often, age spots develop on fair skin individuals with frequent or prolonged sun exposure. Most patients with age spots are at least 50 years of age. However, younger individuals with significant sun exposure can also develop age spots. Age spots are not raised but are flat on the skin and darker in color than the rest of the surrounding skin. A raised dark spot on the skin is typically a Seborrheic Keratosis, which may also develop due to aging and sun damage but looks similar to a mole or a wart. Seborrheic Keratoses are generally benign, like age spots. They can, however, be removed by a board-certified dermatologist for cosmetic purposes. Any dark spot on your skin, whether flat or raised, changes in size, color, or shape, maybe a cancerous lesion. If you notice an evolving dark spot on your skin, schedule a consultation with Dr. Michele Green in NYC. Dr. Green can perform a biopsy to determine if the area in question is skin cancer or not.
What causes age spots?
Sun exposure over time is the primary cause of age spots. Sun exposure commonly causes age spots to develop on areas of the body such as the face, chest, arms, shoulders, upper back, and hands. While frequent or prolonged sun exposure is the most common reason age spots develop, other forms of ultraviolet light exposure, such as tanning beds, may also cause age spots to form. Ultraviolet (UV) light can accelerate the production of melanin in the skin, which is a naturally occurring pigment that gives the skin its color. Age spots are often caused by overactive melanin cells, where the pigment becomes concentrated on the skin’s surface.
Dr. Green recommends wearing broad-spectrum sunscreen daily to prevent age spots and other signs of aging and protect against skin cancer. SPF 30 is the minimum, and patients with fair or sun-sensitive skin should use a higher SPF. Sunscreen should be reapplied every 90 minutes, and patients can further protect their skin by wearing protective clothing. Dr. Green recommends layering two types of sunscreen for the best protection. First, a chemical sunscreen should be applied. Chemical sunscreens protect against UV rays by converting the light energy into heat and releasing it from the body. There are many types of chemical sunscreens; some of the most common active ingredients include avobenzone, octinoxate, and oxybenzone. Second, a physical sunscreen should be applied. Physical sunscreens contain mineral ingredients such as zinc oxide or titanium dioxide and sit atop the skin’s surface, acting as a physical barrier against UV rays. Combining these two types of sunscreens provides the best protection against damaging UV rays. When you consult with Dr. Green at her private dermatology office in the Upper East Side neighborhood of Manhattan, she will work with you to design a skincare routine best suited to your skin type, skin concerns, and skin tone, including sunscreens.
Do you have to be a certain age to get age spots?
No. Individuals of any age may develop age spots with enough sun exposure. Age spots are also referred to as sun spots because they form on the skin as sun exposure accrues with aging. Any individual with frequent or prolonged sun exposure may develop age spots, including as early as one’s 20s. However, the most commonly affected age group is individuals 50 years of age and older. To best protect against skin cancer and prevent signs of aging, including age spots, it is important to wear broad-spectrum sunscreen daily. Broad-spectrum sunscreen indicates that it protects against both UVA and UVB rays. A minimum SPF of 30 is recommended; however, individuals with fair or sensitive skin or a history of skin cancer should use a higher SPF. Sunscreen should be reapplied every 90 minutes, and patients can further protect their skin by wearing protective clothing. If you have begun to notice skin discoloration on areas of the body that get a lot of sun exposure, schedule a consultation with Dr. Green. Dr. Green is a board-certified dermatologist with over two and a half decades of experience providing her patients worldwide with the best non-invasive treatment options available, including for age spots, hyperpigmentation, and sun damage on patients of any age, skin type, and skin tone.
How do I know if I have age spots?
Age spots are flat dark spots on the skin that are round or oval in shape and tan, brown, or black in color. They typically present in areas with a significant amount of sun exposure over time, such as the face, chest, hands, upper back, and shoulders. Any dark spot on your skin, whether it be flat or raised, that changes in size, color, or shape could be a cancerous lesion. Age spots can sometimes look very similar to skin cancer, but they are, in fact, harmless and do not require medical treatment. The best way to determine whether your blemishes are age spots or another type of skin lesion is to be evaluated by an experienced board-certified dermatologist, such as Dr. Michele Green in New York City.
What is the best age spot treatment?
The best age spot treatment is typically a unique combination of in-office procedures and specially formulated topical skincare products, which should always be recommended by an experienced board-certified dermatologist for the best cosmetic results. Dr. Michele Green in NYC is an internationally renowned expert in the field of cosmetic dermatology. Dr. Green has over two and a half decades of experience providing the best non-invasive cosmetic treatment options for skin rejuvenation and wellness. She is consistently identified as one of New York City’s best dermatologists by Castle Connolly, New York Magazine, and Super Doctors for her dedication to her patients and expertise. A dermatologist like Dr. Green should monitor the progression of your age spot treatment in case any adjustments need to be made. Some of the treatment options for hyperpigmentation, including topical steroid creams and hydroquinone products, can potentially cause skin irritation or damaging changes in skin condition with prolonged use. When you have age spot treatment with Dr. Green, she will customize your treatment plan and establish a timeline best suited to your needs and goals.
What age is the best time to start removing age spots?
Age spots are a common skin condition in individuals that are 50 years of age and older. However, individuals of any age may develop these dark spots with significant sun exposure. Age spots can be treated with various non-invasive treatment options once they start to develop, and there is no certain age that is best to begin removing age spots. If you notice age spots beginning to appear, the best course of action is to schedule a consultation with an experienced board-certified dermatologist like Dr. Michele Green in NYC. Dr. Green will evaluate the condition of your skin and work with you to create a customized treatment plan for eliminating sun spots and other signs of aging.
Many of the treatment options for age spots, such as laser therapy and skin-lightening skincare products containing bleaching agents like hydroquinone, can be photosensitizing. It is important to plan age-spot treatment around a time when you will not have much sun exposure to the treatment area. This will help guarantee that you achieve and maintain the best results and prevent encountering any potential unwanted side effects, such as worsening hyperpigmentation. Many patients choose to have their age spot treatment in the fall and winter months when it is easier to limit sun exposure. In the summer months, patients with hyperpigmentation and age spots can continue to use brightening skincare products, including vitamin C and niacinamide. When you consult with Dr. Green, she will help you establish a timeline for your age spot treatments to guarantee you achieve and maintain ideal cosmetic results.
What is the fastest way to get rid of age spots?
The fastest, safest, most effective way to get rid of age spots for good is consulting with a board-certified cosmetic dermatologist, such as Dr. Michele Green in New York. Age spots on the skin can lead to feelings of self-consciousness and frustration by making us appear much older than we feel. If you’re searching for a non-invasive cosmetic solution to reduce the appearance of your age spots guaranteed to leave you looking and feeling like the best version of yourself, look no further. In her private dermatology office, located in the Upper East Side neighborhood of Manhattan, Dr. Green offers many non-invasive, long-lasting solutions for all variations of skin pigmentation, including sun spots and age spots.
A leading authority in cosmetic dermatology, Dr. Michele Green in NYC has over 25 years of experience providing some of the world’s most discerning individuals with the best non-invasive anti-aging treatments and specially formulated skincare products. Dr. Green was one of the first dermatologists in New York to incorporate the Fraxel laser treatment and her signature chemical peels into the rejuvenation treatment plans for her patients, removing hyperpigmentation and sun spots. Dr. Green takes a holistic approach and embraces a less-is-more philosophy regarding facial rejuvenation. She will take the time to understand your specific history and skin concerns to advise you of the best treatment options for achieving your unique cosmetic goals. For her dedication to her patients and expertise, Dr. Green is consistently voted one of the best dermatologists in New York by New York Magazine, Super Doctors and Castle Connolly. If you are frustrated by the appearance of age spots or other discoloration on the skin, Dr. Green will work with you to customize a unique treatment plan that gives you an even skin tone, radiant complexion, and overall more youthful appearance. To learn more about age spot treatment options and skin rejuvenation, please contact us online today or call our office at 212-535-3088 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Green.