Age Spots — Prevention and Treatments

There are some things you just can’t escape as you get older. Age has a way of leveling the playing field for even the most athletic and beautiful among us. No amount of money, medicine, or effort can fully conquer the years you’ve lived. Everyone gets wrinkles, develops age spots, starts graying, and progressively looks older.

 

Despite this, there are ways to mitigate the signs of aging. You can dye your hair, explore Botox® and fillers, or adjust your lifestyle to maximize your strength and energy. But can you really fight back when it comes to age spots? You may be surprised that there are ways to prevent them and, once they appear, minimize the impact they have on your skin.

 

Are you ready to explore treatments and prevention for age spots? Come see James Volpe, DO and the rest of our team at GLO Aesthetics in Philadelphia. Dr. Volpe has over 20 years of experience in primary care and aesthetics. He’s double-board certified in family medicine and hospice and palliative medicine and provides personalized care to help you look and feel your absolute best.

On age spots

Age spots, also known as liver spots and sun spots, are flat, dark areas on the skin. They vary in color: Age spots may be brown, gray, or black depending on your skin complexion. They appear in areas that get frequent sun exposure, including:

 

 

When it comes to size, age spots can be as small as a freckle or as large as a half-inch in diameter. They often appear together which makes them more noticeable.  

Causes and risk factors

Doctors know that sun exposure and the aging process itself are the main culprits behind age spots. Young people may develop age spots prematurely if they spend extended amounts of time in the sun. While anyone can develop age spots, there are some risk factors that increase your chance of developing them. These include:

 

 

Age spots are totally benign but may resemble skin cancer. You should see a doctor if an age spot has an irregular border or quickly increases in size.

Prevention

Prevent sun spots the same way you would prevent sunburn. To start, avoid being outside between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. when the sun is at its highest and most intense. If you do have to be outside during this time, lather up or cover up. Use sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 and wear a hat and/or long-sleeved shirt.

Treatments

At GLO Aesthetics, we are proud to offer age-spot treatment options. The Icon™ Aesthetic System uses laser technology to direct light through the outer layer of your skin to penetrate deep underneath to stimulate healing and new tissue generation. The aged and discolored skin is replaced by newer, younger, and healthier skin.

 

This process, called photorejuvenation, is gentle but may require more than one treatment for desired results. Dr. Volpe can work with you to determine if it’s the right therapy for you.

 

Age spots don’t have to be a part of your aging journey. The experts at GLO Aesthetics can help you get the results you desire. Call or request an appointment at our Philadelphia office today.

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