Age Spots Treatment
Medical grade options for effective laser & IPL age spot removal treatments...
Aesthetic treatments often concentrate on the face. However, it’s often the texture of the skin and the appearance of age spots on the décolletage (chest), shoulders, arms, and hands that age you. This treatment procedure is quick, effective, and safe. The signs of sun damage will flake off following a course of treatments, leaving flawless, younger-looking skin. Following a thorough consultation, we will choose which treatment is best for you, we may choose to treat with advanced medical-grade IPL, alexandrite laser, or Nd: YAG laser technology.
- Age spots vary in size and usually appear on the face, chest, hands, shoulders, and arms – areas most commonly exposed to the sun
- Age spots are most commonly seen in adults over 50 but can be seen in younger people due to overexposure to the sun
- Age spots can affect all skin types, but they’re most commonly seen in light skin tones and if you have a history of frequent sun exposure or sunburn
- The use of tanning beds and lamps can also contribute to the development of age spots
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Light is released in short pulses that are readily absorbed by the high concentration of melanin found within pigmented lesions. The rapid absorption of light energy heats the melanin and causes the destruction of the melanin-rich cells.
The light applicator is placed on the skin and a short pulse of light is released. The applicator is then moved to the neighbouring area and the process is repeated until the entire area is treated. With Q-Switched Laser treatments due to the power of the Laser energy delivered into the skin, a small amount of pinpoint bleeding may occur during the treatment, and a dressing may be applied after the treatment to protect the skin while it heals. During treatment protective eye wear will be provided.
Most people are suitable for treatment except for very dark skinned or tanned individuals. However, large, dark, mottled or raised pigmentation cannot be treated and may need to be checked by a dermatologist. Large, dark moles should not be treated, nor should lesions covering a large part of the body. The pigmented marks that respond the best are super cial lesions such as those caused by sun damage (sun spots) and freckles.
Most patients describe the discomfort as mild and tolerable and no anaesthesia is required.
The treated area may feel warm and sensitive for the first few days post treatment. The lesions may darken and may appear more obvious before they fade and ‘flake’ away. Sometimes an initial whitening of the area is seen which quickly fades and the pigment gradually fades over the following few weeks.
The skin that surrounds the pigmented lesion may become red immediately after treatment. Most people experience no other side effects and the redness usually disappears within hours to a few days. Very rarely a small blister may form or the skin may become temporarily lighter or darker.
The length of each treatment will depend on the type and size of lesion present, but a typical session will take 10 to 30 minutes.
The number of treatments will depend on the type and size of the pigmented lesion but typically 1 to 3 sessions are required at 4 to 6 week intervals.
Prior to treatment you must first undergo a consultation where details about your medical history are obtained in order to confirm suitability. Before proceeding you will be asked to sign a consent form and undergo a test patch.