Sunspots, which are also known as age spots or liver spots, are usually harmless. They may appear as a freckle-like round spot that can have irregular borders, though they are different from regular freckles as they can appear at any age. Sunspots are also slightly larger and can take on a greyish hue. Sizes can vary from a pea to nickel. These spots tend to stick around longer than freckles, which can fade with the changing of the seasons. Sunspots are more common in those with fairer skin but can also be seen in people who’s skin tans easily or even those with darker skin. Age spots are frequently seen in older adults, but don’t let this fool you. Over time, these spots develop and grow slowly and almost inconspicuously as skin produces excess melanin or pigment due to sun exposure.
Since sunspots occur mainly as a result of sun exposure, they usually appear on the face, hands, shoulders and arms. The best way to minimize your risk of getting age spots is to avoid overexposure to the sun. While they are harmless, many people who end up getting sunspots seek treatment, as these can give the skin an aged appearance. It’s also important to have sunspots looked at by a board certified dermatologist, as some cancerous spots are similar in appearance to sunspots. If you notice one or more spots pop up, they should be reported to a dermatologist for proper evaluation.
Topical bleaching agents, while mildly effective, often produce only temporary results. Our expert dermatologist utilizes several effective and long-lasting treatments to get rid of evidence of sun damage. The very minimally invasive IPL technology is designed to permanently eliminate your unwanted sunspots and freckles.
The following treatments can help diminish or eliminate sunspots and sun damage to the skin:
IPL technology improves the appearance of sun-damaged skin by removing sunspots, most benign brown pigments, and redness caused by broken capillaries through a process called photo rejuvenation for the face and body. This process is perfect for patients with active lifestyles because of the little downtime. It also has a very low risk of any side effects.
Skin-resurfacing lasers can improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles in addition to sunspots and sun damage by removing the top layer of skin to give way to fresh new skin. Laser skin resurfacing is now a very safe and common procedure that many people are choosing rather than more invasive surgical procedures. Because each patient is unique, the number of treatments required may vary from person to person, though most tend to see excellent results after 1-3 laser treatments.
If you’re interested in learning more about the different types of procedures that can help reduce the amount of sunspots on your skin, we encourage you to contact our team to schedule your initial consultation by calling 206.402.4797.
For additional information about the various laser treatments offered by the skin care experts of Advanced Dermatology and Laser Institute of Seattle, please contact us today.