Age spots, also known as liver spots, are common discolorations on the skin that appear as flat, brown or black spots. They often occur on areas of the body that receive lots of sun exposure, such as the face and hands, but can also occur on areas with little sun exposure like shins and feet. Age spots are harmless liver spots that are the result of sun exposure. They are mostly unsightly, and in some cases can be quite severe, making you look older than your actual age.
If you have age spots and feel that they are causing you to look older, at Beauty Refined we have several treatments to choose from. Dr. Tantawi has the most advanced products and treatments available and is highly skilled at achieving the aesthetic goals that you want for your skin. Request a consultation today to get more information on removing your age spots so you can have the beautiful skin you desire.
Causes of age spots
Aging is the main cause of liver spots. The sun can also contribute to their development because it penetrates through your skin with it’s damaging UVA and UVB rays. It alters the melanocytes in your skin, making them produce excess melanin. They can also develop on younger people and even children if sun exposure is extreme.
Sun exposure from tanning beds and sunbathing can also lead to the development of liver spots. While you might want a nice golden glow, your skin will actually lose its elasticity and collagen as a result of damage from ultraviolet rays. It is important to protect your skin from sun damage since it can cause age spots as well as skin cancer.
What to Expect at Your Consultation.
At Beauty Refined Dr. Tantawi has several treatments to remove age spots. At your consultation he will examine the areas you are wanting to treat and discuss your concerns and goals for your skin. He will go over the options and let you know what he thinks is the best treatment for your unique situation along with what to expect and the cost.
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Treatment for Age Spots
Depending upon the amount, and severity of your age spots, Dr. Tantawi offers the following treatments for removal:
Fractional Laser Skin Resurfacing
Fraxel skin resurfacing is one of the most popular treatments for age spots and hyperpigmentation. It gives excellent results because it targets and eliminates small areas, while leaving the surrounding area unharmed. The laser gently heats the area and vaporizes the top layers of your skin, while simultaneously helping to generate heat in lower layers to assist in the production of collagen. There is slight redness and swelling which lasts 2-3 days and then your skin may begin to flake off. There is minimum downtime and because of the gentleness of the laser, more than one session may be needed depending upon the depth of the spot or hyperpigmentation.
Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)
IPL is a non-invasive treatment that can improve the color and texture of your skin without surgery. Often known as a photofacial, It works by targeting a certain color in your skin by sending out wavelengths of light. After one treatment you may see a 50-75% reduction in your hyperpigmentation or age spots. It may take more than one session and there is minimum to no down time with an IPL.
Cosmelan® Depigmentation Treatment
Cosmelan® is a professional grade chemical peel that is applied and left on for several hours, depending upon the degree or darkness of the age spots and hyperpigmentation. It is applied at the office and you may go home and take it off with a gentle natural cleanser, after the time that Dr. Tantawi or his staff says to. After removing the product your skin will gradually begin to peel leaving the skin smoother with less spotting and hyperpigmentation. It is a safe and effective treatment that can have dramatic results.
Dr. Tantawi and his staff will instruct you about after care. Downtime is determined by how deep the peel is. There will be some redness and swelling. You must avoid the sun and make sure to wear sunscreen at all times to avoid new spots and hyperpigmentation.
Age spots and hyperpigmentation can be hard to cover up and may make you feel older than your actual age. At Beauty Refined Dr. Tantawi can alleviate your frustration and help you have clearer, younger looking skin. Call or request a consultation online to get the treatment that’s best for you!