Age spots can be called liver spots, because their brownish colour suggests they are associated with the liver. They are in fact caused by exposure to the sun and appear as we get older, as our skin’s defences lessen.
Your face and hands are often affected, although age spots may come in other places. They rarely pose a medical threat but can be unsightly and a sign that your skin in general would benefit from specialist care.
Birthmarks naturally appear early in life and pigmented birthmarks can in a sense share causal links with age spots. Vascular birthmarks, such as port wine stains do not.
The primary link is the treatment approach for these and similar conditions, such as excess freckles, or broken capillaries. The latest techniques can help them all, following a personal assessment.
Age spots and birthmarks are normally benign, although the former can obscure skin cancer signs and the latter occasionally bring issues later in life.
Sound reasons for cosmetic assessment to be carried out by a good medical dermatologist, although the main reason is to ensure the origins and nature of your skin problems are fully understood.
Our consultants are backed up by fine scientific equipment and an in house laboratory but their experience is the key. Ensuring your skin care is based on an in depth view, rather than literally cosmetic.
They may discuss your medical history, lifestyle, above all your wishes. Their objective is to create an individual treatment plan, which is medically sound and an ideal aesthetic solution.
Treatment Of Age Spots & Birthmarks
Specialist creams are available to treat age spots, such as tretinoin (vitamin A cream) and pigment regulators. They could be an answer for you, although in many cases, the best results come from chemical peels, or modern laser treatment.
IPL (intense pulsed light) skin photorejuvenation is a targeted therapy, using broad spectrum light beams. One of the most successful treatments available for age spots, pigmented birthmarks, or similar skin issues.
This is a non invasive treatment, normally carried out over several sessions and holding additional advantages. A smoother, more radiant complexion can be achieved, alongside treating the main condition.
Other specialist lasers are used for treatment of age spots and birthmarks in our London clinic, such as the Varilite dual wavelength laser, ideal for vascular conditions.
Our cosmetic dermatologists use the latest technology because this works, helps you look as you wish and feel good about the way you look. If the personal support we offer would suit, we look forward to meeting you.