Age Spot Treatment Covington LA
Age spots, also called liver or sun spots, are a common complaint as we age. However, it’s not unusual for younger people to have them too. That’s because these flat spots that may be brown, black or tan, develop mostly through sun exposure. The more exposed skin is to the sun’s harmful rays, the more likely it is to develop age spots. Accordingly, most of these spots show up on the arms, face, hands and shoulders.
Because this condition is so prevalent, many people visit the dermatologist to request a safe, effective age spot treatment. Dermatologists have a number of cosmetic and laser procedures that can help. Understanding how brown and black spots form and the various age spot treatment methods available can help you to achieve the clear, youthful skin you’ve been dreaming of.
What Causes Age Spots?
Whenever skin is exposed to the elements, harmful UV rays penetrate it. These rays cause the skin to age prematurely. People who frequent tanning beds are at even greater risk for developing these lesions. In the skin’s upper layer, or epidermis, is a pigment called melanin. This pigment provides your skin with its typical color. However, when your skin is bombarded with UV rays over the course of years, melanin produces more rapidly. This accelerated melanin production is your body’s means of protecting deeper layers of skin from UV rays. It is this melanin production that makes you look tan after you’ve been in the sun. Sometimes that melanin clumps in a particular area, and this results in age spots.
These lesions are essentially harmless, but many people seek age spot treatment because they simply don’t like the way they look. Sun spots are often associated with old age since they can take many years to develop and are rarely seen in young people. Accordingly, lightening or removing them can contribute to a more youthful appearance.
Age Spot Treatments
Dr. Soine has access to several methods of age spot treatment to help you find your way back to youthful, glowing skin*. Medications like a hydroquinone bleaching cream with a retinoid can cause spots to fade with ongoing treatment. Combining medications with regular use of sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 helps protect your skin from further damage.
Some people prefer a more aggressive age spot treatment. Laser therapy can do wonderful things when it comes to age spots. The laser essentially destroys the cells that produce melanin without damaging the skin at all. After several sessions, age spots begin to fade to become nothing more than a memory.
Dr. Soine has expertise with a number of age spot treatment methods. Make an appointment today to find out what your options are.