There are many reasons why someone may develop hyperpigmentation, including over-exposure to UV-sunlight, genetic disposition, age, hormonal influences, inflammation or injury. Age spots (lentigo senilis or lentigo solaris) are a form of pigment spots.
Age spots are small, flat, light brown to black patches (hyperpigmentation) of skin that affect the face, hands and other areas frequently exposed to sun. They are most common in people over the age of 40, but they can occur earlier is some cases.
The appearance of pigment spots can make sufferers feel more self-conscious, particularly given their association with ageing.
Although pigment spots are usually harmless certain forms can be life-threatening, as in the case of melanoma. If a pigment spot is changing in size, shape, colour, or is itching or bleeding, a GP should be visited in order to rule out malignancy.
Intimate You offers a sensitive, personal, honest approach to your age spots and hyperpigmentation needs. After fractionated CO2 laser treatment age spots will fade gradually over several weeks. Two or three treatments may be required for maximum fading. Age spots sometimes come back after a few years and need further laser treatment.
The skin will need to be looked after carefully for one or two weeks after each appointment. At Intimate You our highly effective aftercare regimen, along with access to our doctor hotline 24h a day, gives you peace of mind and fast, efficient healing.
Sun protection is essential after treating age spots
It’s important to know that age spots can return. You can prevent this by protecting your skin from the sun.
To get the protection you need, you must apply sunscreen every day before you go outside. Not just any sunscreen will do. You need a sunscreen that offers:
- Broad-spectrum protection
- SPF 30 or higher
- Water resistance
Covering your skin with clothing can also protect your skin. Any skin that clothing won’t cover, however, needs sunscreen.
If you’re bothered by age spots, and would like to consider laser treatment, book a consultation today to find out more about how our laser treatment could benefit you.