SUN DAMAGE & AGE SPOTS
Wrinkles, age spots and sun spots are credited to aging but it is due to sun damage as well. Freckles are also caused due to sun damage. Sun spots are also called age spots as well as liver spits. These resemble freckle in shape and are large gray, brown flat spots usually with irregular borders. These can vary in size from small pea to coin size. Unlike freckles, age/sun spots do not fade or darken with the passing seasons. Sun spots tend to be common in faired-skinned people but also have been seen in those who have dark skin naturally or tan easily. When these spots appear on older people, these liver/age spots have nothing to do with aging or liver. The appearance of these spots is part of the aging process. These spots tend to grow in size as excess melanin is produced due to excess exposure to sunlight. This is the reason age spots appear on the skin that is most exposed to sun like face, arms, hands and shoulders. Avoiding the sun and protecting the skin from it helps in prevention. Sun spots are harmless but people get them treated as it makes a person looking older. The age spots do not enhance into cancerous growth but some skin cancers resemble these spots therefore, it is better to get a physician’s guidance.
Treatment Options for Sun Damage and Age Spots
IPL process is similar to that of laser but rather than having one wavelength of light, it produces a spectrum of light that is comprised of wavelengths. The sun damage can be removed by selecting an appropriate filter so that ideal wavelength range can be treated. These treatments are capable of treating the damaged skin and leaving the surrounding tissue intact and healthy.