Age spots are common as you get older, but you don’t have to live with them. At Adult and Pediatric Dermatology in the Forest Hills neighborhood of Queens, New York, the skilled team of dermatologists offers several treatments to help get rid of age spots and give you the even-toned, younger-looking skin you long for. Call the office today to schedule an appointment or book one online.
Age spots are dark, flat areas of your skin that appear for various reasons. The spots are more common with older age and excessive sun exposure, but they can happen to anyone. Age spots often appear on your hands, arms, shoulders, and face. Treatment provided by the Adult and Pediatric Dermatology team can make age spots fade and even disappear.
Age spots, also called sun spots, can look like:
Age spots vary in shape and size, but many are about one-half inch across.
The main risk factors for developing age spots are:
The best way to reduce the risk of developing age spots is to use sunscreen or wear protective clothing when you’re outdoors during the late morning and early afternoon, the times when the sun produces the most intense rays.
If you have age spots and want clearer, even-toned skin, the Adult and Pediatric Dermatology team will recommend one or more of the following:
Laser and pulsed light energy destroy pigment-producing skin cells without affecting the surrounding tissue.
Using prescribed medications designed to reduce age spots can diminish their appearance, making the spots gradually fade away.
Freezing (cryotherapy) treats age spots by destroying pigmented tissues.
Dermabrasion and microdermabrasion are techniques that sand away outer skin layers and stimulate new skin production, reducing the appearance of age spots and other imperfections.
Chemical peels use a chemical solution to remove the outermost damaged skin cells, allowing newer skin cells to develop in their place.
The age spot treatment that’s best for you will depend on the type, size, and severity of the skin spots you have. Your provider reviews your medical history and discusses your desired outcome before personalizing a dermatology treatment for skin spots that matches your needs.
To learn more about the age spot treatments available at Adult and Pediatric Dermatology, call the office today or schedule an appointment online.