Age Spots and Liver Spots Treatment in Gaithersburg, MD
Age spots, also called liver spots, are flat, tan, brown or black spots of darker pigmentation (skin coloring) that appear on the skin of the face, neck, shoulders and arms. There are many cosmetic and aesthetic treatments designed to lighten or eliminate their appearance. To request more information about age spot treatment: Call (410) 204-2254 or contact Dr. Karen Clarke-Bennett online.
What are Age Spots?
If you develop a dark spot on your skin and are uncertain if it is an age spot, see your health care provider to be certain. Here are some of the most common characteristics of liver spots:
- They are flat, oval-shaped areas of darker skin.
- They appear in areas that have more sun exposure, like the face, neck, arms, the top of the hands and back.
- They are usually tan, brown or black in color.
- They are most common in people with fair skin, but can occur on darker complexions.
- They range in size from freckles to a ½ inch and may group together.
Remember that any skin spot that changes in size, has uneven color, is of an uneven shape or is very large should be immediately checked by a medical professional.
What Causes Age Spots and Liver Spots?
Age spots are the result of exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light from the sun or tanning lamps (tanning beds). The pigment or color of your skin comes from melanin. Melanin produces a tan color when your skin is exposed to UV rays to protect deeper layers of skin from damage. Age spots are clumps of melanin that group together.
Age Spot Treatment
Age spots don't pose any risk to your health and are not a precursor to cancer. Many people are unhappy with the appearance of their skin spots and choose to have them removed for cosmetic reasons.
Age spots can be lightened or removed with procedures offered by a dermatologist, aesthetician, cosmetic surgeon or other skin care professional. The most common liver spot treatments include:
- Topical medications
- Laser aesthetic treatment
- Freezing (cryotherapy)
- Intense pulsed light (IPL)
- Broadband light
- Dermabrasion (sanding down the skin)
- Chemical peels
Most treatments for liver spots are minimally invasive or non-invasive. The best age spot treatment will vary depending on your individual needs and skin type.
Learn more about treatment for age spots: Call (410) 204-2254 or contact Dr. Karen Clarke-Bennett online today.
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