Age Spots Treatment in Nottingham

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AGE SPOTS

Age spots, also known as liver spots or solar lentigines, are flat, brown, or black skin marks that typically appear on sun-exposed areas of the skin, such as the face, hands, shoulders, and arms. Depending on your skin type, these can show as darker or lighter spots of varying shapes and sizes.

While these don’t pose health threats, they can undermine self-confidence, particularly when visible. Despite their name, they are not solely a result of ageing; instead, they are primarily attributed to prolonged sun exposure. In this comprehensive guide, we will explore the causes of age spots and whether it’s possible to eradicate them.

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What causes age spots?

The primary cause is exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light. Over time, the sun’s harmful UV rays can lead to an overproduction of melanin, the pigment responsible for skin colour. This excess melanin can accumulate in certain areas, forming the characteristic brown spots. While these pigmentation concerns are more common in individuals over 50, they can also develop in younger people with significant sun exposure.

Genetics may also play a role in the development of age spots. Some individuals may be more genetically predisposed to develop these spots when exposed to UV radiation.

While age spots are benign and not cancerous, it’s essential to differentiate them from other skin conditions, such as melanoma. Melanoma is a type of skin cancer that can manifest as dark skin spots. If there is any uncertainty about the nature of a spot or if it undergoes changes in size, colour, or shape, it is crucial to consult a specialist for a thorough examination.

Preventing age spots involves protecting your skin from excessive sun exposure. This includes using sunscreen with a high SPF, wearing protective clothing, and seeking shade during peak sun hours.

The skin damage caused is permanent, but it is possible to fade or eliminate age spots with treatments designed to stimulate cell renewal.

Several treatment options are available to address age spots. Topical treatments containing ingredients such as hydroquinone, retinoids, or alpha hydroxy acids can help lighten age spots over time. These treatments work by reducing melanin production and promoting skin cell turnover.

Lasers can target and break down the melanin responsible for age spots. Laser treatments are effective but may require multiple sessions for optimal results. Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) therapy is another option that can target pigmented areas without affecting the surrounding skin.

Treatments that target the outer layer of the skin can improve the appearance of age spots. Skin peels involve a chemical solution applied to the skin, causing it to peel and promoting the growth of new, evenly pigmented skin. Microdermabrasion entails exfoliating the skin’s outer layer.

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There is increasing pressure on us these days to appear ‘ageless’ and conform to celebrity ideals and this in turn can lead to confidence issues which I all too often see as a doctor.

I truly believe in a ‘less is more’ philosophy and want to work with my clients to achieve a more youthful version of themselves whilst retaining their full range of expression and not giving them a mask like look. I want your friends to comment on how well you are looking but not be able to tell that you have had a cosmetic treatment (that’s a secret that you can choose to keep to yourself)!

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