Age spots are flat brown, gray, or black spots on the skin. They are also called liver spots, sun spots, and solar lentigines and are caused by aging, sun exposure, and exposure to some ultraviolet that causes excess production of melanin. You develop age spots on your hands, face, shoulders, upper back, and forearms. Dr. Riehm treats most of Fort Worth age spots to give you an even skin tone and a more youthful appearance.
Outlined below are various ways to rid the liver spots and avoid the impression of the past prime period.
Your age spot specialist may prescribe bleaching medication to fade away the brown or dark spots. The cream and lotions used contain hydroquinone, cortisone, and retinoids, which remove the spots, leaving even-toned skin without blemishes.
The following medical procedures help to remove and reduce age spots;
Laser and intense pulsed light treatment
Dr. Riehm uses laser and intense pulsed light therapies to destroy melanin-producing cells without damaging your skin surfaces. The following are types of laser treatment that help rejuvenate your skin and give you an aesthetic appearance;
- PicoFOCUS®: It uses picosecond laser technology to treat skin hyperpigmentation and lesions, allowing you to feel younger.
- Icon MaxG™: It utilizes optimized pulsed light technology to treat specific aesthetic conditions, eliminating uneven skin tone.
The freezing procedure treats the spot using a cotton-tipped swab to apply liquid nitrogen for less than five seconds to avoid permanent scarring and skin irritations. It destroys the extra pigment that causes the formation of a spot.
Your dermatologist determines if you have an age spot such as seborrheic keratoses and actinic keratoses using a skin biopsy. Dr. Riehm will sand down the surface layer of your skin with a rapidly rotating brush. This process leaves your skin with mild blemishes and gives you a smoother appearance, enabling you to get back to your prime self.
You may be required to undergo the procedure more than once to get the desired effects.
It is a less aggressive approach than dermabrasion, in which you are required to undergo a series of procedures over a month to get modest, temporary results and a smoother appearance that will bring back your aesthetic value of youthful and even-toned skin.
It involves applying a chemical solution to the skin to remove the top layer that is hyperpigmented. It, therefore, allows the growth of new skin with a more youthful appearance.
No matter which method you use, it is crucial to know that age spots can quickly return and take you back to the starting point of wondering what to do. Therefore, after treatment, protect your skin from sun exposure by applying sunscreens that offer higher SPF, water-resistant, and broad protection spectrum and wearing sun-protective clothing to prevent the side effects after treatment.
Consult your dermatologist today
Age spots are harmless changes to the skin, and they do not cause pain; however, they can cause difficulties in diagnosing skin cancer. Book an appointment with Dr. Riehm at Skin Deep Laser MD, get the youthful aesthetic appearance you deserve, and relieve your prime worries.