Age Spot Treatment

Dark “age spots” of various sizes and colors on the face and hands can cause you to look years older than you are. Also known as sun spots or even liver spots (although they have nothing to do with the liver), our skincare specialists can fade age spots with state-of-the-art treatments at our Trinity, Port Richey, and Spring Hill, FL, locations.

What Causes Age Spots?

Whatever you call them, age spots share the same cause—years of sun exposure or extended time in tanning booths. Age spots develop because sun exposure stimulates melanin production, gradually producing concentrated areas of pigmentation. These spots could be light brown, black, or even gray marks.

Even though most of these spots are harmless and only pose aesthetic concerns, it’s a good idea to have a dermatology specialist check them to confirm they aren’t a type of pre-cancerous lesion. They can also provide information about how to prevent age spots from developing in the future. People with all skin types can develop age spots, but they’re more visible in women and men with light-colored skin.

How Do You Treat Age Spots?

If you browse drug store shelves or online sites for age spot treatments, you’ll find there is no shortage of over-the-counter creams and lotions that promise to fade sun spots. Most are not very effective, but a dermatology professional can tell you if a prescription-strength cream can help reduce the visibility of age spots on the back of your hands or face.

At Gulf Coast Medical Center Dermatology & Aesthetics, we offer different treatment options to fade age spots. You can discuss these options with a member of our dermatology team and together decide the path that best suits your needs and lifestyle.

BBL treatments are one of the most effective ways to fade age spots. BBL is an advanced form of intense pulsed light (IPL) that delivers a broad spectrum of light to the skin’s upper layers without harming the surface of the skin. The pulses of light heat the skin below the surface, destroying the pigmented skin cells to fade age spots. Particles of pigment remaining after the treatment are gradually absorbed by the body. Another benefit of BBL treatments is that they stimulate the body’s wound-healing response, generating new collagen production that results in smoother skin.

Applying chemical solutions of various strengths is a common cosmetic treatment to fade and eliminate age spots. Superficial peels that are used to give the skin a refreshed look typically aren’t strong enough to treat sun damage. Medium to deep peels, including The Perfect™ Derma Peel, produce longer-lasting results and can reduce sun spots, age spots, melasma, enlarged pores, acne, and acne scars. Patients who get chemical peels must avoid sun exposure in the days following treatment.

Microneedling creates thousands of micro-wounds, stimulating the body’s natural healing process without causing scar tissue formation. The process boosts the production of new collagen, and the new layer of skin that emerges is free of hyperpigmentation. Several treatment sessions are needed to produce the desired results.

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Choose Our Specialists for Your Age Spot Treatments

Our dermatology professionals at our Trinity, Port Richey, and Spring Hill, FL locations safely and effectively treat age spots and other signs of sun damage. After discussing your concerns and goals and performing a thorough skin examination, we will create a customized treatment plan for you. Request a consultation at Gulf Coast Medical Center Dermatology & Aesthetics using the online form or call us at (727) 318-5515 to schedule an appointment.

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