Age spots are the result of an excess production of melanin. They may be caused by skin aging, sun exposure, or other forms of ultraviolet light exposure, such as tanning beds. You are most likely to develop age spots on the areas of your skin that receive the most sun exposure, including:
- back of your hands
While cosmetic lasers can take care of these blemishes, intense pulsed-light treatments also work well, are faster and are less expensive.
One of our patients, Beverly, a 56 year old woman who looked ten years younger than her age, was excited to hear she could remove her age spots.
“I was always trying to hide this brown spot on my forehead with make-up. I couldn’t do much about the age spots on my hands. I thought they were inevitable. After the treatment, they dried up and just fell off in a few days. Now I don’t have those ‘age’ signs anymore. I’m a grandmother, but I don’t want to look like one.”
What is an Intense Pulsed Light Treatment?
Pulsed light devices deliver energy to target and destroy vascular and pigmented lesions associated with acne, spider veins, facial vesssels, rosacea, sun damage, age spots and other benign skin blemishes. During the treatment, light energy is delivered to the skin through a series of pulses.Using the principle of selective photothermolysis, these treatments target different chromophores in the skin, which selectively absorb the laser or light energy as heat and produce the desired response. The treated areas become dry and scaly, then peel away in five to seven days. You may need two to four treatments depending on how dark your spots are. There are rarely complications with age-spot removal.
What Factors are Considered Before Treatment with Intense Pulsed Light?
The number of treatments required depends on:
- individual skin tone and tolerance
- extent of pigmented lesions
- severity of sun damage
Typically a minimum of three treatments are performed at monthly intervals for optimal results. You may require follow up depending on your individual skin condition.
What Should I Expect After Treatment?
Minimal recovery and downtime are required with Intense Pulsed Light. Your face may be mildly red for several hours after the procedure but will then subside. Pigmented areas on your skin will become darker initially, and then flake off in one to two weeks.
You will need to avoid the sun as much as possible before and after the treatment. Sunscreen with a minimum of SPF 30 should be utilized daily, especially after treatment.
Did you know that you can get a complimentary make-up application at our DERMAspa after your procedure? Contact us to learn more at 303-761-6325.