Age Spots - Adelaide
Age spots (solar lentigines) are flat, brown, grey, or black spots on the skin. They usually occur on sun-exposed areas of the skin. They are also called liver spots, senile lentigo, solar lentigines, or sunspots.
Frequently Asked Questions
Age spots (solar lentigines) are the result of an excess production of melanin, or skin pigment. Doctors don’t always know why age spots develop. Skin aging, sun exposure, or other forms of ultraviolet (UV) light exposure, such as tanning beds, are all possible causes. You’re most likely to develop age spots on the areas of your skin that receive the most sun exposure, including:
- Your face
- The back of your hands
- Your shoulders
- Your upper back
- Your forearms
People of any age, sex, or race can develop age spots. However, they are more common in people with certain risk factors. These include:
- Being older than 40 years old
- Having fair skin
- Having a history of frequent sun exposure
- Having a history of frequent tanning bed use
- Range from light brown to black in color
- Have the same texture as the rest of your skin
- Are painless
- Are usually on sun-exposed areas of the skin
Your doctor will usually diagnose age spots by looking at your skin.
If your doctor is worried that a dark area isn’t an age spot, they may perform a biopsy. This will involve removing a small piece of skin and check it for cancer or other abnormalities.
Fortunately the Excel V laser is a very effective method of pigmentation removal.
Pigmented spots on our skin are one of the many signs of aged skin. The Excel V laser can effectively remove these spots and help to restore a youthful appearing skin.
Age spots (solar lentigines) are not harmful and they do not require any medical treatment. Often people decide to lighten or remove age spots for cosmetic reasons.
If you are concerned about the appearance of a skin lesion, always visit a doctor, like Dr Targett to have it checked.
- Similar to freckles, age spots (solar lentigines) are flat. Unlike freckles, however, age spots do not fade over time.
- Age spots are characteristically flat and multiple spots tend to occur together in an affected area (similar to freckles).
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Our commitment to you is to provide you with the highest standard of service, treatment and patient care. You will always receive personal attention and treatment from Dr Rahma Targett each and every time you visit us.
Dr Targett will take the time to listen to your cosmetic needs and provide you with sound advice and realistic expectations. We will work with you to develop a plan tailored to your specific needs and goals. Dr Targett will take the time to explain the procedure and provide you with expectations of the outcomes.
Following your treatment, we will provide you with the aftercare and advice that you deserve. At Advanced Cosmetic Medicine, you will have the peace of mind that you are being treated by a qualified doctor in aesthetic medicine.
Dr Targett and her team will provide you with everything you need to achieve your aesthetic and health goals.
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