Age spots develop over time as a result of exposure to the sun. It is highly likely that you will develop at least a few age spots at some point in your life. Age spots or sunspots are mostly found on the face and due to their visibility, patients opt for non-surgical and non-invasive removal of age spots. These spots vary in size and colour.
All skin types can be affected by age spots, however they often appear on lighter skin tones. These spots do not go away over time and cosmetic treatment is needed to lighten or remove them. Age spots or liver spots are flat and are typically the size of a 5 pence piece, although can be as small as a freckle. Colour wise, they are normally dark brown or tan. Patients often develop multiple age spots in one area too, making them more noticeable. Sun spots can also appear at any age, although mostly appear after the age of 50.
Age spots develop due to an excess production of melanin, or skin pigment. Ultraviolet rays can trigger the body to generate melanin and over time, age spots appear due to a build-up, or clusters of melanin forming. Those who use sunbeds are also highly likely to develop age spots at some point in their life, as well as other skin imperfections.
Liver spots can be seen as unsightly, which is why patients opt for cosmetic removal. Age spots can also often affect the self-confidence of many due to them being on exposed areas of the body. Sun spot removal at our Leamington Spa clinic is performed by our laser specialists who have decades of experience.
We use the Deka SmartXide CO2 or Candela Nd-Yag laser to quickly and painlessly remove these lesions. The laser requires very little downtime and is a great alternative to more invasive skin rejuvenation procedures. Deka and Candela are backed by decades of clinical research & studies. They are two of the safest lasers on the market. The laser targets only the skin lesion in question, leaving the nearby skin unharmed. The SmartXide Touch is an ablative laser that works by removing the thin outer layer of the affected skin. It then heats up the underlying skin to stimulate the production of collagen. As the skin is renewed after treatment, younger looking, fresher skin is revealed. The laser works to sterilize the area, resulting in no blood and little risk of scarring or hypo/hyperpigmentation.
Prior to treatment, all patients will require a full medical consultation for us to assess the lesions and devise a treatment plan. During your consultation we will take a full medical history to ensure you are suitable for treatment too. After patients have agreed to the procedure, we will take necessary precautions like applying numbing cream to make the process more comfortable and applying eye protection if the lesions are close to the eyes.
The procedure will take approximately 10 to 30 minutes, depending on how many age spots and the size of the lesions. Normally, patients require only one treatment for effective removal but sometimes we advise repeated sessions. We always aim to remove the entire cluster of lesions to avoid the chance of any regrowth.
Age spot removal with the CO2 laser is suitable for all skin types, however hyperpigmentation or hypopigmentation is more common in those with a darker skin type. During your consultation, we will discuss any risks involved and you will have a chance to ask our laser specialist any questions.
Age spot removal without surgery is very popular and we specialise in lesion removal treatments.