Age Spots and Sun Spots… how do you identify them and how are they caused?
Just about all of us will encounter Age Spots as our skin grows older. Also known as Sun Spots, they are caused by an accumulation of yellow pigment as the cells which produce collagen begin to age. The appearance of Age Spots is quite distinctive – smooth, flat and hyper-pigmented, rather than dry or crusty.
How can you prevent Age and Sun Spots?
We offer effective Age Spot Treatments here at Bellissima Exclusive in Leeds, but it’s also very important to take measures to prevent them from developing in the first place.
You should put on a SPF30 every day – not just when you’re on holiday – as recommended by the skin cancer foundation. By applying this protection daily, from an early age, you can prevent Age Spots and other types of sun damage from forming. Here at Bellissima Exclusive we can offer you a number of SPFs, all clinically proven to give UV protection from the harmful rays that cause sun damage and skin cancer. We would recommend that a SPF should be put on separately from moisturiser and make-up, as a mixed product does not give full UV protection. Your therapist at our Yorkshire clinic will be able to give you helpful advice on the correct product for your skin.
What treatment options are available to reduce the appearance of Age and Sun Spots?
Some Age Spots are difficult to treat successfully as they are located too deep in the dermis. Fortunately, however, more superficial blemishes respond well to treatment.
Your Bellissima therapist will carry out a thorough consultation, beginning by patch-testing a small area to check for suitability for Age and Sun Spot Removal. This is done by using a fine needle to deliver a Thermolysis current which gently lifts the very edge of the blemish. If the skin tone beneath the treated area is brown, then it is unlikely that Sun Spot Removal will be effective. But if the skin tone is pale, the treatment can go ahead and will work very well. The most successful area to treat is the face.
Using Thermolysis Treatments for Age Spots and Sun Spots
The Sun Spot Reduction treatment process is relatively simple. Your therapist will use a Thermolysis current to lift away the superficial epidermis, removing the Age Spot entirely. You’ll notice that a scab will form over the treated area – this is perfectly normal and is usually gone within two weeks. The treatment is described as mildly uncomfortable but certainly not beyond most patients’ level of toleration. The treatment time can vary between 15 minutes and an hour, depending on the area to be treated and the number of Age Spots to be removed.
Before Age Spot Reduction
Your therapist will carry out a thorough consultation before treatment begins, including a small patch test on the age spot to be treated. This will help us determine the likely success of the treatment. If we can go ahead, the area will be cleansed and sterilised.
After Age Spot Reduction
The area will have some erythema (redness) and a degree of oedema (swelling). It will also feel warm – all of this is quite normal and will quickly subside. Over the next few days, scabs will form and may take up to a couple of weeks to fall off. It’s extremely important that you should resist any temptation to pick these scabs as this could lead to scarring.
Once the scabs have fallen off the area may still stay pink for several weeks before the skin tone begins to even out.
*Disclaimer: All treatments are based on suitability, medical questionnaire and consent. We can't guarantee the results of our treatments. Results differ from person to person and the likely effectivity will be discussed with you during your initial consultation. Permanence of results is not guaranteed.
Before and After
Before Treatment for Pigmentation using Advanced Electrolysis
After Treatment for Pigmentation using Advanced Electrolysis
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Sun and Age Spot Reduction
Age Spot Reduction A Thermolysis current is used with a very fine needle to lift away the superficial epidermis, removing the age spot.