Age Spots

Age Spots
Posted on 04/30/2018
Age Spots

Age SpotsAt Dermatology Consultants, we believe everyone deserves to feel great about the skin they're in. As a leading dermatology practice serving patients in Lynchburg, Forest, and the surrounding communities, we're proud to offer an array of general dermatology and cosmetic dermatology services, as well as Mohs surgery and comprehensive care for skin cancer. The process of aging means plenty of changes in the skin. For many people this includes the formation of small patches of brown, discolored skin on the face, hands, chest, or back. These are called age spots – and if they’re a problem for you, Dermatology Consultants can help.

What Are Age Spots?

Age spots go by many names, and you may have heard them referred to as "brown spots," "sun spots," or "liver spots," but their scientific name is solar lentigines. These blotchy, brown patches of darkened skin are extremely common in adults over 40, and while they're harmless, they can be aesthetically displeasing for some people.

What Causes Age Spots?

While they may have many names, solar lentigines have one cause: sun exposure. As the name implies, solar lentigines form due to overexposure to sunlight and UV rays. Over time, these rays can damage melanocytes, the skin cells that protect us from solar radiation by producing melanin. Damaged melanocytes produce too much melanin, causing a dark patch to form on the skin. Because solar lentigines form as a result of sunlight, they're most common on the parts of the body that see the most sun: areas like the face, neck, arms, hands, upper back, and chest.

Treatment for Sun Spots in Lynchburg & Forest, VA

While harmless, age spots are a nuisance – and thankfully, we can offer simple, effective treatments. Our dermatology practice provides a variety of laser treatments that are effective in lightening or completely eliminating liver spots. These treatments are designed to produce a more even skin tone and remove the appearance of solar lentigines. In addition to laser treatment for age spots, our dermatologists also offer lightening creams and other supplements to further even out the skin tone.

Schedule an Appointment with Your Lynchburg & Forest, VA Dermatologists

If you're frustrated by the appearance of age spots on your skin, don't worry; we can help. Our laser sun spot treatments are simple, convenient, highly effective, and will allow you to reclaim the healthy, youthful skin you love. Contact us today to learn more about sun spot treatments and to schedule your appointment. We can't wait to hear from you!