What are Age Spots, Why Do They Occur?
One very common sign of aging is the age spot. Age spots are also known by many as sun spots, liver spots, lentigos, or lentigines. Age spots are flat, tan, brown, or black in color and appear on areas of the skin that have been exposed to sun. As we age, sun spots appear on the backs of our hands, our forearms, our neck, chest, and face. The pigment-producing cells in the skin are activated to produce more pigment by ultraviolet rays. While these spots are not cancerous, patients may be at risk for developing skin cancer if they have age spots.
What Causes Age Spots?
Age spots increase in number as we age and as we are exposed to the sun. People who sun burn easily and who freckle easily are more likely to develop age spots than those who do not burn easily. It is very important that patients realize that if you have had enough sun exposure to develop age spots, your chances of getting skin cancer are higher.
What do age spots look like?
As we mentioned above, they vary greatly in size and shape and color. They can be as small as pea-sized or as large as a dime. Age spots are typically round and have irregular borders. Age spots are most commonly found on the areas of the body that are most often exposed to the sun: shoulders, forearms, upper back, face and the backs of the hands.
DEVICES THAT WE TREAT AGE SPOTS
CO2 RERE FRACTIONAL - GENTLE MAX PRO LASER - SPECTRA LASER
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