Laser for Age Spots
Your face, hands and arms are the first parts of the body to show signs of aging because they receive so much exposure. Sunlight, the elements and the natural aging process all contribute to the development of dark spots and freckles. They are caused by excess production of melanin in the skin. While spots and freckles may not be medical emergencies, many of our patients would like them gone. Fortunately there are lasers that remove these distractions safely, easily and effectively. The result is a more uniform, healthier , fresher-looking skin.
Lasers and advanced light systems have been used safely on millions of patients of all ages worldwide. These systems treat only the targeted lesions (spots), leaving the surrounding tissue intact. Most patients describe the sensation to feel like the snap of a rubber band on the skin as the laser pulses are delivered through the hand piece. There are many benefits to laser surgery including little if any pain, no needles for most patients, less bruising and swelling. Once they are removed, lesions rarely return. The risk of scarring or discoloration is minimal.
Typically only 1 – 2 treatments are all that is necessary. Occasionally darker, larger spots may require additional treatment to obtain optimal results.
Immediately after treatment there may be a little discoloration. After several days a crust will form and fall off within 7 – 14 days. Occasionally some discoloration may persist for several months.
Treated spots rarely return. However, new spots may appear over time, but these too can be removed. Optimal results can be maintained only if you apply sunscreen on the treated area and avoid future sun exposure.