Age Spot Treatment
What Are Age Spots?
Age spots are also known as liver spots. They appear dull in color, often being brown, black or gray. Age spots vary in size and will appear on parts of the skin that has had the most sun exposure. Some of the most common areas that age spots will appear include the face, hands, shoulders or arms. While age spots will mostly affect those who are above 40 years of age, they can also show up in younger individuals too.
Some may realize that they don't like the appearance of age spots on their skin and will choose to have age spot treatment. Most of the time, age spots are usually not harmful and don't necessarily need treatment-although they look similar to Cancer growths. Some age spots can be lightened with skin-bleaching techniques. Other individuals may decide to have age spots removed with surgical procedures.
There are a variety age spot treatment techniques. Some of these techniques include medications, freezing techniques, laser therapy, chemical peel and dermabrasion. Treating age spots is considered cosmetic, so most insurance companies may not pay to have these removed unless somehow it is endangering a person's health. One should have careful consideration and speak with their doctor before approaching any type of treatment, as it could have possible side-effects.
Some types of medications that are used for age spot treatment include prescription bleaching cream and mild steroids. A bleaching cream may be used alone, or with a steroid such as retinoid. With continuous monthly use, the age spots may fade away. Some possible side effects of using topical medications include dry skin, itching, redness or burning.
Another type of age spot treatment is laser therapy. By using laser treatment, it will destroy the melanin producing cells without damaging the surface of the skin. It will take several sessions of laser therapy to remove the age spots. This type of age spot treatment may take up to several weeks or even months. While there are few side effects of laser treatment, it could cause some discoloration to the skin.
Freezing is also another type of age spot treatment. The surgeon applies liquid nitrogen to the age spots to destroy the pigment. Once the skin begins to peal, the area around the age spot will appear lighter. Freezing techniques should only be used on single age spots or just a small group of them. Side effects include some skin irritation and a possibility of permanent scarring or discoloration.
Age spots can also be "sanded down" with a process called dermabrasion. This age spot treatment uses a small rotating brush which removes the skin surface, so that a new layer of skin will grow in its place. Small side effects from dermabrasion include temporary redness and scab formation.
The last type of age spot treatment that an individual can choose from is a chemical peel. Acid is applied directly to the age spots which in return, burns the outer layer of the skin. In place of where the old skin was, new skin will begin to grow. It can take several treatments before any changes are noticed. There may be some temporary burning and possible discoloration following the procedure. It is advisable that anyone who receives this specific type of age spot treatment to take proper caution when they are out in the sun. Be sure to use sun block if you plan on being outdoors.
If you have liver spots and have been searching for age spot treatment, then you can speak with a cosmetic surgeon or your physician to find out if any of these procedures are right for you. He/she may want to perform an over-all health check before proceeding with any of the treatments.