Age Spots Treatment - 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.
How it works
What causes age spots?
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
Who is at risk of getting age spots?
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
What are the symptoms of age spots?
- 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
How are age spots diagnosed?
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.
How are age spots treated?
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. The Excel V laser uses a 532nm cool glide Handpiece to target red / brown pigmentation while at the same time protecting the surrounding normal skin.
Are Age Spots (Solar Lentigines) Dangerous?
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.
What Is The Difference Between Freckles And Age Spots?
- 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).
Dr Rahma Targett
Dr Rahma Targett is a General Practitioner(FRACGP), with a specialty in Cosmetic Medicine. She founded Advanced Cosmetic Medicine in 2016 and has since become well known as a trusted and in demand Cosmetic Physician in Adelaide. She has a Diploma in Dermoscopy and a Diploma in Aesthetic Medicine with the American Academy of Aesthetic Medicine. Dr Targett is a leader in her field and regularly attends Cosmetic conferences to keep up to date with modern aesthetic techniques. At advanced Cosmetic Medicine you can always be reassured that you will be welcomed and treated personally by Dr Rahma Targett.