What are age spots?
Age spots generally occur in men and women over the age of 40. They are also known as Liver or Sun Spots, and are blemishes on the skin associated with ageing and UV exposure. They range in colour from light brown to red or even black and are located in areas most often exposed to the sun - particularly the hands, face, shoulders, arms and forehead (plus the head if you are bald).
What can be done to treat my age spots?
Age spots pose no health risk, however you might want to remove them if they are unsightly or make you feel self-conscious. We use Enhanced Skin Rejuvenation to treat your age spots, which is a combined laser treatment. One of the lasers removes blemishes by breaking up the pigment within them, while the other stimulates collagen to rejuvenate your skin from the inside out.
Who is the treatment suitable for?
Enhanced Skin Rejuvenation is suitable for anyone.
What happens during the procedure?
ESR takes approximately 30-60 minutes. Your ESR session is usually carried out by Pauline, our Senior Nurse, who specialises in skin conditions and the use of lasers. Pauline will move the lasers over the treatment area during your session, which may feel slightly uncomfortable but should not hurt.
What are the side effects or risks?
Immediately following the procedure you may experience some redness, swelling and/or a slight darkening of pigmented areas. The redness and swelling usually dissapear within one to three days. Darkened pigmentation may persist and peel lightly for up to one week. Additionally, hair growth may be impaired in the treated area, although it is not the intended purpose of this particular treatment.
Avoid using products such as Ginkgo Biloba before this treatment - it thins blood and can lead to unusual bleeding and bruising. Simlarly, avoid St John’s Wort, which can cause excessive sensitivity to sunlight.
What results can I typically expect?
A series of three to six treatments, spaced two to four weeks apart, is our standard recommendation for ESR. However, after the first treatment you will see improvements to the pigmented area within a few days. With each subsequent treatment, subtle changes will accumulate until you have achieved the improvement you desire. Occasionally, more treatments may be needed and periodic occasional maintenance treatments may be prescribed for optimal, lasting results.
Makeup can be applied to the treated area immediately, if necessary. It is extremely important to apply a moisturizer with SPF25 sun block and avoid sun exposure on a daily basis to prevent additional sun damage.