Age spots, sometimes called liver spots are pigmented lesions which appear as brown marks on the skin, particularly on the hands and face. Although they are not harmful, many people wish to have them removed for cosmetic reasons. Age spots can be ageing and skin tone alone can make you look older, by as much as twenty years according to a 2006 study by Procter & Gamble Beauty. That’s why we offer simple and effective treatments to combat age spots and get your confidence back.
Age spots appear as a result of sun damage due to excess melanin or skin pigment. Areas of skin that have had frequent and prolonged sun exposure over many years may develop age spots, it is thought to be caused by excess exposure to UV (ultraviolet) light, which causes melanin (skin pigment) to be produced at high concentrations.
How are Age Spots treated?
We offer simple and effective laser and IPL treatments to combat age spots and pigmented lesions. Both laser and IPL treatments provide visible results after just one treatment, and offer an alternative to the likes of microdermabrasion and chemical peels which are less effective in the treatment of age spots. IPL and lasers can treat a range of sun damage and pigmentation conditions including age spots, sun spots, liver spots, freckles and melasma. During your consultation at Canterbury Skin and Laser Clinic, your condition will be assessed and the most suitable treatment options discussed with you.
Treatments usually take between 15 and 30 minutes and can be described as feeling like a warm elastic band snapping against the skin. Lasers are more effective in treating age spots and pigmented lesions and can usually remove them in just one session. IPL however takes slightly longer, with treatment needing to be repeated every four weeks for a course of two-four sessions. Immediately after treatment, the treated area becomes darker, crusts and peels off over 1 to 2 weeks, leaving a pinkish area of new skin lasting several more weeks. Significant fading can continue for up to 6 months after treatment in some cases.
Before and after laser treatment
How best to maintain the results?
In order to maintain the results from the treatment, we recommend daily use of a broad-spectrum UVA and UVB sunscreen with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of at least 30, and to apply an antioxidant such as the SkinCeuticals CE Ferulic or Phloretin serums as the most effective way to protect the skin from future sun damage (photodamage). SkinCeuticals provides effective skincare solutions through dermatologists, plastic surgeons, medi-spas, and other skincare professionals. It provides a complete range of products scientifically proven to benefit your skin. The full range of skin care products is available at the Canterbury Skin and Laser Clinic.
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Why choose Canterbury Skin and Laser Clinic?
Here at Kent's leading private skin and laser clinic, our experts are specialists in all aspects of dermatology, skin cancer, anti-ageing and beauty treatments. We are one of the few skin clinics in the UK where all medical consultations and treatments are provided by specialist doctors with Dermatology experience and laser training.
Canterbury Skin and Laser Clinic is regulated by the Care Quality Commission, ensuring the best level of treatment is provided to you in a safe environment. Our Clinical Lead Dr Mark Hudson-Peacock is a member of the British Association of Dermatologists, the British Laser Medical Association, the British Hair and Nail Society, the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology and is certified by the Consulting Room. We have won many awards including the WhatClinic Patient Service Award in 2019 and the ghp Healthcare and Pharmaceutical Awards 2019.