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Age Spots

Age Spots

by on Jan.24, 2010, under Age Spots, Conditions

Also called liver spots and solar lentigines, age spots are flat, gray, brown, or black spots.


They vary in size and usually appear on the face, hands, shoulders and arms—areas most exposed to the sun. Though age spots are very common in adults older than age 40, they can affect younger people as well.

Also known as solar lentigines or liver spots, age spots are dark brown marks that appear on the surface of the skin. As we age, age spots appear in the most sun-exposed parts of our skin due to the activation of pigment-producing cells by ultraviolet rays. Age spots that appear on the face are a common occurrence in both men and women and can be effectively treated here at Image by Design. 

Image by Design offers Pigmented Lesion Treatment laser therapy for the treatment of age spots. Pigmented Lesion Treatment laser therapy is a breakthrough in skin care technology and has quickly become the industry standard for efficiently removing age spots and imperfections caused by a wide variety of benign pigmented lesions.


Age spots are flat, oval areas of increased pigmentation — usually brown, black, or gray. They typically develop in people with a fair complexion but can be seen even in those with darker skin. Age spots occur on skin that has had the most sun exposure over the years, such as the backs of hands, tops of feet, face, shoulders, and upper back. 

Age spots range from freckle-size to more than a centimeter across and can group together, making them more prominent. Often, age spots are accompanied by other signs of sun damage, including deep wrinkles; dry, rough skin; fine red veins on your cheeks, nose and ears; and thinner, more translucent-looking skin.


Ultraviolet (UV) light accelerates the production of melanin. Melanin is the dark pigment in the epidermis that gives your skin its normal color. The extra melanin, which is produced to protect the deeper layers of your skin, creates the darker color of a tan. Age spots develop when the extra melanin becomes “clumped” or is produced in higher concentrations than normal. 

Most often, it takes years of sun exposure for these dark spots to occur since they typically develop very slowly over time. Using commercial tanning lamps and tanning beds can eventually result in the same changes. 

In addition to sun exposure, simply growing older can cause the extra production of melanin and subsequent age spots. Genetics also plays a role in how susceptible you are to the development of age spots

When to Seek Medical Advice

You may not like the way they look, but age spots are usually harmless and don’t require medical care. However, your doctor should evaluate spots that are dark or have changed appearance because these can be signs of melanoma, a serious form of skin cancer. 

It’s best to have any new skin changes evaluated by a doctor, especially if a spot or lesion:

•    Is darkly pigmented;
•    Is rapidly increasing in size;
•    Has an irregular border; or
•    Has an unusual combination of colors


Laser treatment can remove the imperfections caused by a wide variety of benign pigmented lesions. Below are answers to some of the most common patient questions.

How does laser treatment work?

Selective absorption of laser light pulses by melanin-containing skin cells causes the targeted cells to scatter and degenerate while significantly decreasing potential damage to surrounding tissues. The dead cells are then removed from the skin by the body’s immune or lymphatic system.

Are there any side effects to treatment?

Overall, treatments are gentle and mild, causing only slight discomfort with minimal side effects.

How many treatments are required?

The number of required treatments is dependent on such factors as lesion depth and size. However, most people with dermal lesions need 5-6 treatments and begin seeing results after only 1-2 sessions.

Is any recovery time needed between treatment sessions?

Although treatment sessions are scheduled approximately 4-6 weeks apart, no rest or recuperation time is required after each visit. You will immediately be able to resume normal activities without restriction.

Am I a candidate for pigmented lesion treatment?

Typically found on the face, shoulders, and other exposed parts of the body, benign pigmented lesions include everything from bluish/purplish, black, or otherwise discolored spots to freckles and sun-damaged skin areas. If you have any such benign conditions, chances are you’re a candidate for treatment.

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