What to Know About Removing Age Spots With Lasers
Age spots are common skin blemishes that develop over time due to aging and prolonged sun exposure. They appear on the skin as dark, flat areas that vary in size and shape. These dark blemishes are also known as sunspots and liver spots and can affect all skin types.
Often, individuals will seek to remove these unsightly spots for cosmetic reasons, as age spots do not fade away on their own. Laser removal is a popular procedure that has been shown to effectively remove age spots and create a more even skin tone.
How Does Laser Removal Remove Age Spots?
During the laser removal procedure, a beam of light is used to target age spots and skin discolorations. The high-intensity light penetrates the dermis (the middle layer of skin) without harming the epidermis (the outer layer of skin). The procedure accelerates cellular turnover of the skin, which helps to diminish dark spots and other forms of hyperpigmentation.
The damaged cells absorb the light energy and convert it into heat in the dermis. The heat then breaks up that unwanted pigment and stimulates collagen production, rejuvenating the skin and minimizing the dark spots.
How Should I Prepare My Skin for Age Spot Laser Treatment?
You’ll want to avoid any unprotected sun exposure for at least two weeks before your appointment. This includes tanning beds as well as any other UV light sources that can darken the skin.
You’ll also want to avoid any harsh skincare treatments like retinol, waxing, and chemical peels, as these treatments can irritate your skin. If your skin is irritated, it could result in your appointment being postponed.
Is the Procedure Painful?
The laser removal procedure is comfortable. It’s not uncommon to feel a tingling sensation during treatment. A topical numbing cream is available to use, but the procedure is typically well-tolerated by patients.
How Quickly Will I See Results From the Procedure?
Results will appear gradually over the next few days and weeks. You’ll first begin to notice an improvement in your skin tone and texture. Over the next few days, the age spots may appear darker as the broken-up pigmentation makes its way closer to the skin’s surface. This darkening will then flake off after about seven days, leaving behind a clearer skin tone. As your skin continues to heal after the procedure, you will see continued improvement in skin tone and clarity.
How Long Does the Procedure Take?
The duration of the procedure can vary, depending on the amount of age spots being treated and the size of the age spots. Generally, the procedure is relatively fast and usually completed in less than an hour.
Am I a Good Candidate for Laser Removal?
Laser removal treatments tend to be safe for all skin tones and types. It’s best to schedule a consultation with Dr. Erwin so she can discuss your skin concerns with you and determine the best approach for the results you want to achieve.
Schedule A Consultation
Are you ready to finally remove age spots and other unwanted pigmentation? Dr. Erwin will listen to all your concerns and then build a treatment plan to help you achieve the beautiful and healthy skin you desire. Schedule a consultation today by calling our El Campo, TX office at 979-543-9933.