Age Spots Frequently Asked Questions

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As their name suggests, age spots are a hallmark sign of getting older. The good news is that that don’t pose any health risks. But the bad news is that they can negatively impact your appearance and become a significant aesthetic concern.

So, how do we get these spots in the first place? Where can we get them? How can you get rid of them and revitalize your skin?

Continue reading as we answer these questions and other age spots FAQ.

What Are Age Spots?

Age spots, commonly referred to as liver spots, are flat brown, black, or yellow spots on the skin. Although harmless, they can reveal a person’s age and produce and uneven skin tone.

As a result, many women and men chose to remove age spots to achieve a clearer, refreshed, and more youthful appearance.

Where Can They Occur on the Body?

These spots are commonly seen on the face, neck, hands, forehead, forearms, legs, and torso.

What Causes Age Spots?

It’s not uncommon for patients to notice age spots as they get older. Men and women that have spent considerable time in the sun (outdoors or in tanning beds) are also extremely vulnerable to age spots. That’s because UV lights breaks down skin’s DNA and causes the overproduction of melanin in superficial layers of the skin.

Initially, this damage presents as brown spots. However, if left untreated, the melanin can oversaturate the epidermis and infiltrate the dermis to produce liver spots.

How Are Age Spots Different Than Brown Spots?

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As previously discussed, brown spots can be precursors to liver spots. Accordingly, brown spots are often diagnosed in individuals that are under 50 years old, while liver spots are typically seen in women and men that are 60 or above.

With that being said, a thorough skin exam is the best way to differentiate between brown spots and sun spots.

How to Remove These Spots?

There are a variety of ways that women and men can eliminate age spots and rejuvenate their skin. These can include Retin-A, medical-grade chemical peels, microdermabrasion, and laser treatments (such as skin resurfacing and IPL).

Have Additional Questions?

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