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Age spots are flat spots on the skin that vary in size and colour; brown, grey or black. The spots most commonly occur on parts of the skin that are exposed to the sun. Age spots are often called; liver spots, senile lentigo, solar lentigines or sun spots.
What causes age spots?
Age spots can result from hormonal imbalance, genetics or years of exposure to ultraviolet light from the sun, which is the most common cause. People who use commercial tanning lamps and tanning beds can also develop age spots.
Age spots are caused by UV lights that speed up the production of melanin (the pigment in the upper layer of skin, which gives skin its normal colour). This creates a tan which helps protect the deeper layers of skin from ultraviolet rays.
Age spots will appear on areas of the skin that have had years of frequent sun exposure such as the hands, face and neck.
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
Have a history of frequent sun exposure
Have a history of frequently using tanning beds
How to treat age spots.
Although age spots are not dangerous, and do not cause any health problems, age spots can be treated for people who want to remove them because of their appearance. At Laser SkinStitute we have a range of treatments which can reduce the look of age spots as well as erase them.
Contact us for a free skin analysis and our professional aestheticians will be able to help find the right solutions for you.
The fastest and most effective treatment for sun spots and age spots, Is a breakthrough technology which gently delivers energy in short bursts to target and eliminate pigmentation without affecting the surrounding skin.
Laser is one of the only effective way to remove age spots with as few as three sessions. This treatment has no downtime allowing you to resume to your schedule immediately.