What Are Your Options For Fading Age Spots?
Age spots can appear seemingly out of nowhere. Usually caused by over-exposure to UV light, these dark spots instantly make your skin look older and less evenly toned. Many people just accept that their age spots are a part of getting older, but in fact, there are some med spa treatments that can be used to fade age spots. A few of the most widely available options are discussed below.
Chemical peels can be used to address a wide range of conditions, making them a smart choice for patients who not only want to fade age spots, but also address dryness, blemishes, or other minor skin issues. Basically, your aesthetician will apply a chemical solution to your skin, let it sit there for a few minutes, and then wipe or rinse it away. The solution will remove the outermost layers of your skin, exposing the more youthful, evenly toned skin below. Your skin will be a bit red and sensitive for a few days after treatment, and with more intense chemical peels, it may even blister. But once it is healed your age spots will be noticeably lighter and your skin will be healthier overall.
Microneedling is a procedure in which your aesthetician uses tiny needles to poke many little holes in your age spots. This helps break down the pigment that is making the age spot its dark color. As the skin then heals, it lightens. Most patients need multiple microneedling treatments in order to significantly fade age spots. This treatment works best when there are just a few age spots, as it can take a long time to treat larger patches of skin. However, since only the age spots themselves are treated, it can lead to less irritation than chemical peels.
LED Light Therapy
LED light therapy involves aiming intense beams of LED light at the discolored portions of your skin. The effects are not as significant as with microneedling or chemical peels, but the side effects are much less noticeable. You won't have peeling or soreness afterwards, so you can go right on with your day. You can have several treatments over the span of a week without causing harm. LED light therapy is a common choice among patients who only have minor age spots.
You do not have to just accept your age spots and continue to look at them in the mirror! Visit a local med spa and ask about these treatment options.