How To Remove Age Spots

Aging is a natural process that we must all go through, and it can be disheartening and humbling to see the changes that occur over the years. One of the most common changes to the skin that occurs during aging is the appearance of age spots. These show up as brown or black round dots and will often appear in areas most exposed to the sun which includes the back of the hands, face, shoulders and arms. They are usually painless and harmless, but for those of us who choose to have treatments done to remove them there are a variety of options available.

Treatments for age spots

  • Dermabrasion – Removes the top layer of skin and then the area is surgically sanded to create a smoother surface.
  • Cryosurgery – Freezing age spots with liquid nitrogen makes it possible for them to be peeled from the skin.
  • Chemical peel – An acid solution is applied to the skin to remove the 7th layer of skin, which exposes a lighter 6th layer.
  • Laser therapy –Laser light is utilized to eradicate the melanocytes that cause the darker pigments of age spots. This will also promote the formation of collagen and new skin cells.
  • Topical medications –Topical prescription medications that can help lighten age spots are also helpful.

These treatments affect everyone a little differently depending on your age and the number of age spots you have. Your skin type and risks for adverse reactions need to be assessed by your dermatologist for the best treatment to be devised. Dr. Juan Vaillant of Old Bridge Dermatology has been treating patients for hair, skin, and nail problems for over 30 years, and has the extensive background needed to help address a variety of dermatological issues. Dr. Vaillant has successfully treated acne, eczemadandruffhair loss, psoriasis, and nail fungus. If you are looking for an amiable, highly skilled dermatologist, call our office in Old Bridge, NJ at (732) 679-0222and make an appointment.