What are Age Spots?
Age spots, often called liver spots, are hyperpigmented brown patches on the skin’s surface. They are flat in appearance, vary in size and occur mainly on the face, chest, back and hands. Hyperpigmentation is a common, usually harmless condition in which small areas of the skin become darker in colour. This darkening occurs when an excess of the skin’s natural pigment, melanin, creates a concentrated deposit in the skin.
Age and over-exposure to harmful UV light are the main reasons an individual may develop hyperpigmentation. Because of this, age spots are extremely common in adults above the age of 40. However, they can present at any age. Younger people may experience age spots due to inadequate protection against sun damage.
Although very similar to freckles in appearance, age spots are permanent and do not fade during the winter months. The development of liver spots is often associated with ageing and can make sufferers more self-conscious. Our skincare experts at our Wimbledon and Kensington clinics can provide you with more information during your consultation.
What Treatments are Available for Age Spots?
At Eden Skin Clinic, we offer a range of skin treatments at our Kensington and Wimbledon clinics to help significantly improve the appearance of age spots.
CryoPen treatment, also known as Cryosurgery, is a safe and highly effective method of freezing and removing benign skin lesions such as age spots. It uses highly pressurised liquid nitrous oxide to destroy hyperpigmented skin tissue. The CryoPen treatment is relatively pain-free, with results seen in as little as two sessions.
IPL Skin Rejuvenation
IPL Skin Rejuvenation is a highly effective treatment for age spots. IPL works by directing controlled pulses of light into the upper layers of the skin. As this light is carefully controlled, it contains the right amount of energy to destroy targets such as pigmentation or sun damage without damaging surrounding tissue.
The result is skin that can feel younger and fresher after just one IPL Skin Rejuvenation session. Our IPL laser specialists may recommend a course of treatments for maximised results.
Advanced electrolysis can be used to treat age spots. It works by using an electric current and a very fine needle to cauterise a skin imperfection. Upon completing advanced electrolysis, your skin will begin the healing process to aid with age spot removal.
This allows the dead skin cells involved in the electrolysis process to push up to the skin’s surface and flake off the same way a tiny cut heals. The treated area may also crust over or form a scab as it heals, revealing clearer skin.
What Causes Age Spots?
Age spots are caused by overactive pigment cells. Melanin is the pigment that gives skin its colour. When the skin is exposed to sunlight, the body produces extra melanin to protect the skin from the sun’s UV rays. The more melanin produced, the darker the skin becomes. Therefore, age spots appear when excess melanin builds up in a particular skin area.
Our genetics play a major role in determining the skin’s structure, texture, and resilience to ageing. If an individual develops age spots, there is a higher chance of them occurring in the next generation. However, environmental influences can also speed up the development of age spots.
Consistent exposure to UV rays in daily life can slow cellular regeneration, resulting in damage and alterations to the appearance of the skin. This results in noticeable blemishes and accelerates the ageing process in areas of the body exposed to the sun.
The body’s melanin production process is the same regardless of where the UV light source comes from. Artificial UV light from sunbeds can also contribute to the overstimulation of melanin. If melanin production becomes highly concentrated in a specific area, this can result in an age spot.
To find out more about this or any of our age spot treatments, why not book a consultation with one of our Eden Skincare Specialists at our Wimbledon or Kensington clinic? Our expert skincare team will examine your skin’s condition and answer any of your questions, helping to recommend the right course of age spot treatment for you.
Age Spot Treatment Costs
If you are interested in our CryoPen, IPL Skin Rejuvenation, or Advanced Electrolysis to reduce age spots, please get in touch with Eden Skin Clinic today. We would be happy to assess your skin concerns and provide you with a bespoke treatment plan.
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