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Laser Treatment Options for Age Spots

As you get older, you may notice that flat brown, gray or black spots have begun to appear on your skin. These are age spots – also known as liver spots, sun spots, senile lentigo or solar lentigines.

Laser Treatment Options for Age Spots

Age spots aren’t dangerous and do not have the potential to develop into anything life-threatening. However, while treatment isn’t necessarily needed, it’s common for people to want to remove age spots because of their outward appearance.

What Causes Age Spots?

Age spots are caused by the overproduction of pigment cells in the skin. There are several factors that can influence these cells to be overactive, most especially years of frequent and prolonged exposure to the sun.

They can appear anywhere on your body, but they are most likely to develop on areas that generally receive the most sun exposure, such as your face, shoulders, neck, forearms, upper back, as well as the back of your hands. If you have fair skin, you are more inclined to develop age spots.

Laser Resurfacing Treatments for Age Spots

One of the most common treatment options for age spots is lasers. Lasers target darker pigmented skin to fade any discolouration, making it an ideal route of treatment for anyone with fair skin. So if you still have your summer tan, it’s best to wait a month or two until it fades.

You will typically require a few laser treatment sessions to reduce the look of age spots. After your treatments, they’ll gradually fade over time, taking anywhere between just a few weeks to a couple of months. The most significant advantage to laser treatments for age spots is that each session will require next to no downtime. You won’t have to put your life on hold to have the procedure done; however, you will want to avoid any excessive sun exposure afterwards to ensure you achieve optimal results and do not suffer from any adverse reactions.

The McLean Clinic offers several laser treatments, including Photorejuvenation and ProFractional lasers as one of the faster options to get rid of age spots.

Photorejuvenation

Photorejuvenation utilizes intense pulse light (IPL) or broadband light (BBL) technology in order to improve the look of age spots along with a variety of other skin conditions. It works by boosting the production of collagen in the skin within causing any further damage, leaving your skin smoother and more youthful than before.

This laser treatment can be individually tailored to your specific skin type and used to treat any part of the body. Immediately following your treatment, you will be able to see noticeable results, which will only continue to improve as time goes on. It is recommended that you undergo a series of 3 to 6 treatments, performed 4 weeks apart to achieve the best results.

ProFractional Laser Resurfacing

ProFractional Laser Resurfacing is different from Photorejuvenation because it uses revolutionary fractionated technology to reduce the appearance of age spots dramatically. You can achieve more youthful skin without the need for any incisions, injections or downtime.

Unlike other types of laser treatments, ProFractional can be used on all skin tones and types. Similarly to other types of laser treatments, it uses laser energy to stimulate the production of collagen in the skin to reduce the appearance of age spots.

What to Expect After Laser Resurfacing

Following your laser treatment for age spots, you can expect to see a significant improvement in their overall appearance. It usually takes 10 to 21 days to fully heal after a session, which will depend on the size and location of the treated area.

As a non-invasive treatment option for age spots, you’ll need little to no downtime. However, you may experience slight redness to the treated area, which should resolve on its own after a couple of hours. During your consultation, you should be provided with instructions for aftercare and recovery that you must follow.

Generally, you will want to avoid sun exposure for long periods, as this can cause permanent, irreversible damage to your skin. If you need to be in the sun, make sure you apply a generous amount of sunscreen to the treated areas. Additionally, you will want to keep your newly age spot-free skin well-moisturized to help with the healing process.

Other Treatment Options

While lasers are a great option to get rid of age spots, there are other treatments available if you should choose. These include microdermabrasion and chemical peels, both of which are available at McLean Clinic, among other alternatives.

If you want to minimize the look of your age spots, McLean Clinic can help! Contact us today to find out which laser treatment for age spots it right for you.

August 16, 2019
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