What is Solar Lentigo?
Solar lentigo is a dark spot or patch of darkened skin caused by too much sun exposure and harmful UV rays. Solar lentigines are usually harmless but may be cosmetically unappealing for some people. As a result of too much sun exposure, it is widespread in people over 40 years old because they have had more prolonged exposure to ultraviolet rays. Additionally, they are more common in fair-skinned individuals.
Due to the nature of solar lentigo, it usually appears on the face, arms, hands, shoulders and legs and other familiar places which are highly exposed to sun and harmful UV rays without any protection. Sun protection, including sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher or covering over with protective clothing, can help reduce future occurrences of solar lentigines.
Treatments to help reduce solar lentigo
At Eden Skin Clinic, we offer a range of skin treatments for reducing solar lentigo at both our Kensington and Wimbledon clinics.
Cryopen is a form of cryotherapy which is the controlled destruction of unwanted tissue by the precise application of extreme cold. It uses highly pressured liquid nitrous oxide to destroy the tissue quickly and with little residual stinging.
Advanced electrolysis is a specialist skin treatment that can be used to remove a variety of cosmetic skin imperfections quickly and efficiently. Because of this, it is one of our London clinic’s most requested treatments. The results are truly life enhancing.
Solar Lentigo Appearance & Causes
Solar lentigo usually appears as a small, flat, or sometimes slightly raised light to dark brown coloured spot, although it can vary on different skin tones. The spots can range from 1-5 mm in diameter and often appear in clusters. Solar Lentigo is visually similar to a sunspot. However, they can be distinguished from a freckle (ephelis) by the darker colour, wider distribution, and the fact that they do not fade during winter.
Solar Lentigo Treatment Costs
You can call our expert therapists at our Wimbledon and Kensington clinics, who are always available to help and advise you with your skin concerns. Please fill out our online consultation form, where our skin care therapists can assess your skin and advise you on a treatment plan. If you are a recurring customer, you can book your treatment today!