Age Spots or Liver Spots

Liver Spots, Sun Spots, Age Spots – Senile or Solar Lentigo

Age spots on handAge spots, also called liver spots or sun spots are flat, brown or brown/black spots and patches that usually appear on the skin on sun-exposed areas of the body. They have nothing at all to do with the liver or liver function. These dark areas of pigmentation are associated with ageing and exposure to the harsh radiation of the suns UV rays.

They are caused by a build up of a yellow pigment called lipofuscin. As the skin is damaged by sunlight, this in turn damages and ages the collagen producing cells and causes the pigment to build up over the years. (Thus the name Solar Lentigo.) Sun spots or liver spots are most common on the areas that are most often exposed to the sun such as the backs of hands, arms, legs, neck, shoulders, chest and facial areas.

Age spots are, as the name suggests, generally associated with older skin. If you look after your skin by keeping out of the sun, away from sunbeds and use a high factor sun screen block you may be lucky enough to never develop age spots. However, as the majority of individuals do not do this, age spots are very common in the over 40’s, and increase in their size and amount as we age. Age spots or liver spots are not harmful and are therefore of no medical concern. They are however  permanent skin changes that may affect the cosmetic appearance of the skin. The main problem with them is that the older they are the deeper they may develop into the skin. For that reason alone it is better to have them treated sooner rather than later.

 

Treatment of Age Spots, Liver Spots, Sun Spots

We can treat brown spots, age spots, liver spots using advanced cosmetic procedures or advanced electrolysis. Click here to find out more about Advanced cosmetic procedures>>

The vast majority of sun spots are successfully treated. The process for treating liver spots using advanced cosmetic procedures involves delicately removing the very superficial gossamer thin epidermis only, to expose new fresh skin underneath. Sometimes very old age spots cannot be treated effectively as the damage has travelled down into the dermal skin layer.

We can also treat pigmentation problems including age spots using highly advanced pharmaceutical and cosmeceutical products which regulate pigmentation production deep within the skin thus evening out the skin tone.

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To find out more about our highly effective treatments for age spots, liver spots, sun spots and other pigmentation then call us today to find out more on 01962 809937.

Tips on preventing age spots, sun spots or liver spots

Protect your skin from the sun by taking the following precautions:

  • Wear protective clothing such as hats, long-sleeved shirts, long skirts, or trousers.
  • Try to avoid sun exposure at from around 12pm – 4pm, when sunlight is at its most powerful.
  • Use high-quality sunscreens, preferably with sun protection factor (SPF) ratings of at least 30. Apply sunscreen at least 30 min’s before exposure, and reapply often.
  • Use sunscreen in the winter, too.

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