Age spots usually occur as a result of sun or UV damage. The damage triggers an increased production of melanin (the pigment that determines how dark your skin is and causes your skin to darken when you tan). Age spots can be a real source of contention for older women who, during their younger years, took pains to protect their skin from the sun’s harmful rays, but, in the process, neglected other parts of the body, such as their hands.
It can be very frustrating when your face and neck convey a youthful, radiant appearance and your hands betray your age. But there is great news for both men and women who experience age spots. There are a number of treatments and procedures available that can help reduce their appearance.
What treatments are available?
Hydroquinone creams (bleaching creams), used in conjunction with retinoids or mild steroids, can help combat age spots. Cryotherapy can literally be used as a spot treatment on individual age spots or blemishes to reduce their appearance.
Dermabrasion and microdermabrasion work to remove the top layers of the skin and expose smoother, fresher looking skin. This procedure effectively removes age spots, though it may require several sessions, depending on the surface amount of the skin that is affected.
Chemical peels are very effective in treating dark age spots. They remove the surface layer of damage to reveal healthy skin beneath. There are three different levels of chemical peels: light, medium and deep. Light peels are best for people who have light age spots. Medium peels are effective for those suffering from moderate damage, and deep level peels are suitable for people who have severe skin damage. Several treatments are generally required before results can be seen.
IPL (intense pulse light) and lasers can also be used as treatments. This procedure stimulates new collagen growth from deep within the layers of skin, while leaving the surface layer of the skin unaffected. Individuals using this type of treatment will be required to use sun protection going forward, but these treatments do not damage the skin during the process.
Where can I have these treatments?
If IPL laser treatment in RI, or any of the other treatments mentioned here could help you achieve your vision for the appearance you want to have, contact SeaMist MedSpa today. You can schedule a consultation with our professional staff, who can discuss the best options for you based on your expectations and skin type.