As time passes by, you may start to notice small or medium sized patches of brown or greyish pigments on the face, hands and décolletage. These harmless, uneven brown marks are commonly known as ‘age spots’. However, age spots are not necessarily caused by the onset of age, but the frequency of sun exposure and UV light. Age spots are technically referred to as ‘solar lentigines’ and are usually well defined and uniformly coloured, depending on your natural skin colour.
What are age spots?
Age spots (or sun spots as they are also known) are the result of an excess production of melanin, the substance which gives our skin it’s pigment. The older we get, the more sun-exposure we experience and over time, the skin will begin to show age spots in those areas that are exposed to the sun frequently. The use of tanning beds can also increase the possibility of developing age spots.
At Skin Perfection in the heart of the West End of London, we are dedicated to offering all our patients expert advice and proven treatments to tackle conditions such as age spots and to help educate you on how to prevent more age spots from forming.
Our number one piece of advice for all skin types is that it is vitally important to protect the skin when in the sun by using a high SPF (50) protection cream and to avoid tanning beds if possible. Avoiding strong sunlight is recommended so staying out of the sun when it is at its most powerful is always advised. If this is not possible, wearing physical protection such as a hat and light loose clothing will help to avoid future skin pigmentation and cell damage.
Treating age spots
Treating sun spots is something we are well versed in and we offer highly-effective ways in which we can help to reduce their appearance for a more even skin tone and texture.
This device-led therapy is highly-effective in removing uneven pigmentation including sun damage and age spots. Our Cynosure laser devices are the gold standard in medical-grade laser technology. This treatment specifically targets the pigmented skin using a selected wavelength of light energy. Surrounding skin tissues remain unharmed and some patients report an improvement after just one session. A course of treatment however is usually recommended.
The use of dermal peels and resurfacers are highly recommended to fade out pigmented areas of the skin. Using specially chosen natural acids which are swept over the skin in various strengths and formulations, dead skin cells, dirt, debris are swept away and the acids help to fade age spots and encourage new cell turnover. A course of treatment can dramatically improve the appearance of pigmentation and offers a variety of skin benefits, such as smoother tone and texture and the reduction of lines and wrinkles.
This involves tiny pin pricks in to the skin using a specialised pen-like device which help the skin to renew itself and produce collagen within the dermis, via a healing response to the treatment. During the procedure, the device creates micro-channels in the skin which compel the body to start it’s healing process. The old layer of skin will become dry and start to peel away in a week or so, following treatment. Over a period of 10 to 14 days, new collagen is formed to cover up the tiny injuries. The new layer of skin is free from any kind of spots, marks or pigmentation.