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Age Spots Treatment

Typical causes of age spots are genetics or the repeated exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet light, the most common cause. It has also been shown that the use of commercial tanning lamps and tanning beds can have the same deleterious effect on the skin and cause the development of age spots. These spots are are called lentigines, lentigos or liver spots.  They are usually sharply defined as rounded, brown or black, flat patches of skin. The dark spots are the result of UV light which speeds up the production of melanin.  Melanin is the pigment in the upper layer of skin, which gives skin its normal colour, and causes a person to become tanned.  Tanned skin is actually a reaction of the body’s  in order  to protect the deeper layers of the skin. In particular,  age spots tend to manifest on the hands, face and neck, the areas of the skin that have had years of frequent sun exposure.

Prices:

                                     Single Session              6 Sessions

Age spot                             £120                            £600

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Benefits:

  • Improved appearance.

  • Enhanced self-esteem.

  • Promotion of better skin health

  • How Cryotherapy (Cryopen) works?

  • This is a form of freezing and is a quick and simple, yet effective treatment for isolated solar lentigines. This ablative (removal) procedure is often successful because of the susceptibility of melanocytes to freezing with liquid nitrogen. Squamous cells resist injury at -20°C, whereas melanocytes freeze at -4 to -7°C.

  • Who is the best candidate for cryotherapy?

  • TCA 33% solutions has been found to be less effective than Cryotherapy in the treatment of age spots of the back of the hands, particularly in lighter-complexioned individuals. Conversely darker-complexioned people it is found that TCA 33% may be preferred. Even though, post inflammatory hyperpigmentation remains a risk for both modalities.

  • How skin-lightening products work?

  • The skin-lightening products that are currently commercially available target natural melanin production, many as competitive inhibitors of tyrosinase, a copper-containing enzyme.

  • Does laser work on age spots?

  • Without question, lasers are effective in the treatment of age spots. Patients have embraced this method due to the development of short-pulsed, pigment-specific lasers. They are used to selectively destroy the pigment within the solar lentigo with a very low risk of adverse effects, and high patient acceptance and have led to significant clinical improvement. Q-switched Nd:YAG laser (532 nm wavelength) and Intense pulsed-light (IPL) Laser treatments have both met with great success. Q-switched Nd:YAG laser (532 nm wavelength) can be used to remove brown age spots (solar lentigines), freckles, naevus of Ota, naevus of Ito, mongolian spots, Hori naevus and café-au-lait-macules.

FAQs:

  • Who is at risk for age spots?

  • Although people of any age, sex or race can develop age spots, the most common people who are at risk of age spots are:

    • Over the age of 40

    • Fair-skinned

    • Frequent sun exposure

    • Frequent use of tanning beds

  • Which kind of treatments are available to treat age spots?

  • Age spots are most often treated because of their appearance. They are not dangerous, and do not cause any health problems. Our clinic offers a variety of treatments such as skin-lightening products, cryotherapy (Cryopen), Trichloroacetic acid (TCA) peeling, IPL, Diode laser, and Q-switched Nd:YAG laser. All of these can reduce the look of age spots or erase them.