Skin is the largest organ of the body that often creates feelings of concern since it affects our appearance. After all, skin is visible, and therefore often judged by others.
Maintaining glowing skin can be challenging, since it reacts to the environment, and changes in appearance overtime. Millions of people feel insecure about some type of imperfection in their skin. And these emotions can intensify due to flawless looking images of models and celebrities seen on magazine covers and other forms of media.
Clear, healthy looking skin is desired by many. Therefore, cosmetic companies are constantly developing new products and services to meet this demand. However, one of the main ways to achieve a beautiful complexion is by treating age spots.
What often appears on the face, hands, arms, and shoulders are age spots. Age spots are also known as brown spots, or sun spots. They appear as brown, black, gray, and are flat. Age spots range in size and appear on any region of the skin that is exposed to sun.
It was once believed that these unusual looking spots on the body are in result of liver issues. That is not true. They are strictly caused from the sun.
How do age spots occur?
The color of our skin is due to a pigment called melanin. When the skin is excessively exposed to the sun, the UV light accelerates the production of melanin causing it to be released in spurts, which results in age spots. Basically, age spots appear when melanin becomes clumped.
Even though age spots are more common in those over the age of 50, younger people can get them if excessively exposed to the sun. Anyone can develop them but the issue seems to be more prevalent in light-colored or fair skin people.
Those who have a history of frequent or intense sun exposure, or sunburn is are prone to age spots. And it must be known that those who love to get a jump start on their tan by frequenting a tanning bed, may be at risk for developing age spots much earlier than expected.
Getting Rid of Age Spots
There are different ways to treat age spots. Topical treatments are available on the market though they are slow and ineffective. One of the best ways to treat age spots instantly is to undergo one or more laser treatments. Laser light energy can reach areas below the surface to break up the pigment. The remains are then cleared away by the body.
Dr. Umar addresses age spots using three different forms of lasers, depending on the type of age spot, and its color.
The three forms offered at Fine Touch Dermatology, that include:
- Fraxel Dual
- Fraxel Repair
- Spectra laser
All three forms of laser are highly effective allowing one to return to their original mark free complexion.
The choice of laser depends on skin tone and whether or not a few age spots need to be removed, or larger clusters. A dermatologist like Dr. U can make individualized recommendations. And at the end of their treatment sessions, most people are thrilled by the amazing and efficient improvements achieved by removing the unwanted pigment.