Have you noticed flat, brown spots forming on your face, arms, or hands? Age spots are often the result of sun exposure and skin damage over the years. They’re also called sun spots or liver spots, and they develop when the pigment in your skin darkens to protect itself.
Ultraviolet light from the sun damages the skin over time, and your risk of age spots increases as you get older. Age spots can look like skin cancer, but they’re non-cancerous splotches that don’t pose any health risks. Despite this, they’re a cosmetic concern for many adults.
If you’re bothered by the appearance of age spots, learn more about protecting your skin and restoring a more youthful appearance at Ethos Medical Group. We offer skin rejuvenation treatments with PicoSure®, a powerful laser that eliminates age spots and unwanted discoloration.
Preventing age spots
Many adults over the age of 50 have age spots, and younger people who spend a lot of time in the sun are at risk, too. Age spots are common, but there are steps you can take to protect your skin and maintain an even complexion.
The best way to prevent age spots is to minimize sun exposure. Always wear sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher, and be sure to apply it to all exposed skin regularly. If you’re swimming or sweating excessively, you’ll need to reapply more frequently.
Wear long sleeves, pants, and a wide-brimmed hat when you’re outside. Avoid spending time in the sun when it’s strongest, which is generally between the hours of 10am and 3pm each day.
Never use tanning lotion or artificial tanning beds. Purposefully tanning outside or indoors not only increases your risk of age spots but also your chances of developing skin cancer.
Treating existing age spots
Unfortunately, you can’t completely prevent age spots from developing. But that doesn’t mean you have to accept them as a permanent part of your skin. If you’ve noticed signs of discoloration that you’re unhappy with, it’s time to learn more about laser treatment with PicoSure.
PicoSure’s technology relies on light energy — not heat — to destroy the unwanted pigment and trigger healthy skin cell turnover. That means there’s no burning or damage to surrounding tissue.
Our aestheticians target age spots and areas of discoloration with the device, and rapid bursts of light break up particles of pigment. The broken particles are naturally absorbed by your skin, and even-toned skin replaces it.
We offer customized skin rejuvenation treatment plans based on your age, the severity of your skin issues, and your aesthetic goals. Most people find that a series of two to five PicoSure treatments deliver noticeable results and diminished sunspots.
It’s important to protect your skin from the sun after getting age spots removed with laser treatment. Wearing protective clothing and sunscreen helps you keep your skin healthy and spot-free for years to come.
Minimize age spots and refresh your appearance this summer with the help of our aesthetic team at Ethos Medical Group. Call us at 714-395-5043 or book your personalized skin consultation online today.