Ah, summer! The time of the year when we all hit the beach on those glorious sunny days and soak in the sun. It’s so relaxing, isn’t it? Well, that is, until you get home and notice sun damage more concerning that sunburn. We’re talking age spots, ladies and gentlemen, and unfortunately, they do not fade with after sun. Also known as liver spots, they are brown or black spots that pigment the skin, making you appear older than you actually are. Fortunately, we offer two great treatments sure to restore your skin back to its youthful beauty.
How Do Age Spots Form?
Sun-exposed skin – such as that on the face, neck, shoulders, hands and arms – produces a pigment, melanin, as a defence against the sun’s UV rays. Coupled with the body’s natural ageing process that also produces melanin, age spots form. Genetics can also be a contributing factor, with some people being predisposed to developing age spots.
How Can Age Spots Be Treated?
At Medispa, we treat age spots with the Obagi Nu-Derm System or the M22 IPL Photorejuvenation Solution.
This fantastic system features gels, toners, foams and cleansers to penetrate multiple layers of skin and transform its ageing appearance. Treatment application is quick, taking approximately 20 minutes and Dr Raja will determine your dosage based off of your skin condition, requirements and lifestyle.
The System Offers Many Benefits:
- Distributes your skin’s melanin more evenly, reducing and removing age spots.
- Stimulates new cell production and pushes them to the surface while simultaneously ridding the skin of older, damaged cells.
- Skin is strengthened, hydrated and blood flow is also improved.
Farris & Dryer (2015) found that photo-damage and hyperpigmentation ‘improved significantly’ after participants used the system.
This marvellous hand-held device emits high-intensity pulses of light beneath the skin’s surface, which are absorbed by your melanin as the skin is heated. This damages the melanin, resulting in a natural healing process that leaves the skin looking better than ever. The treatment takes approximately 15-30 minutes.
M22 IPL Offers Many Benefits:
- Noticeable changes can be seen after 1 treatment, improving with further sessions.
- Stimulates collagen to improve skin texture and pore size.
- Can also be used to treat freckles, rosacea and birthmarks.
As Ravindranadh & Rao (2013) state in their study on clinical applications of intense pulsed light:
‘’IPL treatment improves the appearance of photo-aged skin, removes age spots, most benign brown pigments and redness caused by broken capillaries through a process called photorejuvenation for face and body. The process is ideal for patients with active lifestyles because the procedure requires no downtime and has a low risk of side effects.’’
How To Prevent Future Age Spots
After your treatment, we recommend you take the following steps to prevent further age spots when out in the sun:
- Avoid sun exposure between 12-3pm, when sunlight is at its strongest.
- Use sun creams with an SPF rating of at least 30, if not higher.
- Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes.
Want to remove your age spots and redefine your skin’s beauty? Fill in the form below to book an appointment or call us today to discuss the treatments further.