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Understanding Age Spots from an Aesthetic Dermatologist

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Welcome to the MJR Dermatology blog, your trusted source for dermatological insights and skincare solutions. One of the most common concerns we treat in older adults is age spots. These pigmented spots, also known as liver spots or sunspots, can affect the appearance and self-confidence of those who have them. Here is a closer look at how age spots form and ways that our aesthetic dermatologist can address these unsightly blemishes.

What are Age Spots?

Age spots are flat, brown, or grayish spots that appear on the skin, typically on areas exposed to the sun, such as the face, hands, arms, and shoulders. They are caused by an overproduction of melanin, the pigment that gives color to our skin. Despite their name, age spots can develop at any age, although they become more common as we grow older.

How Do Age Spots Form?

In most cases, age spots develop in the skin due to a combination of the following two factors:

  • Sun Exposure: Prolonged exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun is the primary cause of age spots. UV rays accelerate the production of melanin, leading to the formation of these pigmented spots over time.
  • Aging: As we age, our skin undergoes changes that can make it more susceptible to developing age spots. The production of melanin becomes less regulated, resulting in uneven pigmentation and the formation of these spots.

Treatment Options by an Aesthetic Dermatologist

As your trusted aesthetic dermatologist, Dr. Matthew Rechsly offers various treatment options to address age spots, tailored to your specific needs and skin condition. Here are some of our most popular treatments for age spots and sun spots at our Lawrenceville clinic:

  • Topical Medications: Prescription-strength bleaching creams containing ingredients like hydroquinone, retinoids, or azelaic acid can help fade age spots over time. These creams work by lightening the hyperpigmented areas and evening out the skin tone.
  • Chemical Peels: A chemical peel involves the application of a chemical solution to the skin, which causes the top layers to peel off, revealing fresher, more even-toned skin. Chemical peels can effectively reduce the appearance of age spots and improve overall skin texture.
  • Laser Therapy: Laser treatments, such as intense pulsed light (IPL) or fractional laser resurfacing, can target and break down the pigmented cells responsible for age spots. The laser energy stimulates collagen production and helps fade the spots, resulting in a more youthful and even complexion.

How to Prevent Age Spots

While treatment options by an aesthetic dermatologist can effectively reduce the appearance of age spots, it’s crucial to adopt preventive measures and maintain good skincare habits such as the following:

  • Apply broad-spectrum sunscreen with a high SPF daily.
  • Seek shade and wear protective clothing when exposed to the sun.
  • Use a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses to shield your face and eyes.
  • Follow a regular skincare routine that includes gentle cleansing, exfoliation, and moisturization.
  • Avoid tanning beds and artificial sources of UV radiation.

Start Fading Your Age Spots Today

Consult with an aesthetic dermatologist at MJR Dermatology in Lawrenceville to explore personalized treatment options and regain confidence in your skin. Remember, age spots may be a part of aging, but they don’t have to define your appearance.

Posted on behalf of Matthew J. Reschly, M.D., PC

2000 Riverside Pkwy, Suite 100
Lawrenceville, GA 30043
Located on the lower Courtyard Level

Phone: (678) 535-0067

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