Age spots are harmless small, dark, and flat areas on the skin. The presence of age spots on the skin tends to bother many people, giving the reason for them to get rid of it. Many skin-lightening creams and lotions are available in the market. But for many, these agents just don’t do the job. Thus, here are some of the treatment methods you can try, if you are planning to get rid of age spots in a clinic.
Therapy Using Laser And Pulsed Light
These procedures help in the elimination of cells that produce melanin (melanin gives color to the cells that adds color to the age spots) without damaging the outer layer of your skin. You would usually have to visit your doctor two or three times for this treatment.
Your age spots should disappear a few weeks or months following the therapy. Although these therapies have negligible side effects, people may have some temporary skin discolouration.
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Cryotherapy Or Freezing
Freezing or cryotherapy is another procedure to get rid of age spots on your skin. Usually, only a single age spot or a small group of age spots are treated with this method. The professional would apply a freezing solution, like liquid nitrogen to the affected areas, destroying your aging spots’ pigment (colour). As you recover, the color of your skin will lighten. For the side effects, there are chances of short-term skin sensitivity, long-term or permanent scarring, or discolouration.
Dermabrasion And Microdermabrasion
The dermabrasion procedure involves sanding down the outer layer of your skin with a fast-spinning brush. This therapy eliminates the skin’s surface, allowing a new layer of skin to form in its place. In order for you to notice improvements, your doctor may need to administer this procedure more than once. The side effects of this treatment may cause temporary redness and scabbing.
As compared to dermabrasion, microdermabrasion treatments are less harsh and can help to lighten the appearance of age spots. It may take multiple treatments over months to observe the results. Your doctor will examine your face before doing microdermabrasion and if you have little red veins (rosacea) on your face, this procedure may worsen the appearance.
In the chemical peeling procedure, the professional will administer acid to your face. This will degenerate the outer layer of your skin that has age spots. When the outer layer of skin peels away, new skin forms in its place.
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It is possible that you will require several treatments before you see improvements. After your treatments, there are chances that you may suffer some temporary redness, and also there are chances that the treatment could permanently affect the color of your skin.
One should take certain precautions to avoid further age spots. Firstly, avoid prolonged sun exposure and remember to wear protective gear, like a hat and apply sunscreen when you go out in the sun. You should also avoid tanning beds, which may increase your chances of developing age spots. Although the age spots are innocuous they can be difficult to distinguish from skin cancer. As a result, if you suspect a new spot on your skin, you should immediately consult your doctor.
[Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes only and should not be taken as expert advice. Before going for any treatment related to skin, consultation with your doctor is necessary.]
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