What are Age Spots?
Age spots are flat, brown, gray, or black spots on the skin. They usually occur on areas that have been exposed to the sun. Age spots are also called liver spots, senile lentigines, solar lentigines, or sun spots.
What Causes Age Spots?
Age spots are caused by an excess production of melanin. Despite the name, doctors don’t always know why age spots develop. 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:
- your face
- the back of your hands
- your shoulders
- your forearms
How It Works
The q-Switch Nd:YAG laser emits high energy light towards the affected area, destroying unwanted skin cells which then allows skin to generate new cells to replace the old ones. In q-Switch mode, the laser produces two wavelengths; one being 1,064nm and the second being 532nm which is useful to address skin lesions. The laser is able to penetrate deeply without injuring the top layer of skin and also triggers the production of collagen and vital proteins which are essential for healthy and youthful skin.
It is a relatively painless and quick treatment that is suitable for all types of skin. Helping to lighten the tone of your skin, this laser procedure will also improve its complexion, resulting in fairer and smoother skin. The q-Switch Nd:YAG laser is also approved by the FDA to treat a variety of skin disorders, ensuring it is safe.
This treatment may not be suitable if:
- The treatment area is infected or has dermatitis
- You have experienced abnormal wound healing or keloid scarring
- You are using light sensitising medication
- Prone to seizures triggered by light
No downtime is required for this treatment and you can resume your daily routine immediately after your session. In addition, there is no swelling, scarring or bruising, nor any major side effects associated with this treatment. Your skin may experience some mild redness but this is temporary and should subside in 30 minutes.
Results will gradually improve after a period of several months, with a noticeable improvement after each session. Most individuals are recommended a treatment cycle of 6 sessions spaced 2 weeks apart, but this may vary depending on your skin condition.