Liver spots, age spots, sun spots – whatever name you choose, these small, dark, freckle-like marks on the skin are one of the most telling signs of age. For a long time, these pesky blemishes were considered just another frustrating skin problem to deal with as we age. But, with advanced liver spot treatments, people are finding that treating liver spots is as easy as a brief visit to your local medical spa!
There are so many reasons to hold on to your youth, but it’s an uphill battle against the most conspicuous signs of aging - wrinkles, loose skin and, of course, the dreaded liver spot. Liver spots are most commonly found in areas that get a lot of sun exposure, like the hands, face, chest, shoulders, arms and forehead. However, they can occur on any part of the body. They are usually flat to the touch or slightly raised above the skin. Ranging in color from light brown to black, liver spots themselves have no direct negative effect on health, but they can be a symptom of excessive sun damage.
The name “liver spot” is misleading, since there’s no real link between the liver and the spot. People used to think that age spots were caused by liver problems, but, apart from the fact that they have a similar color, there’s no physiological connection between them. The real culprits for liver spots, also known as sun spots or lentigo, are aging and excessive sun exposure.
As we age, our skin loses its ability to heal from sun damage. Areas like the hands and face usually get the most exposure and end up with leftover "clumps" of melanin. Melanin is the substance that gives our skin its normal color and helps protect us from sunburns. Unfortunately, it also gives liver spots their distinctive pigmentation. Liver spots generally start appearing in people over 40 years of age. However, if you spend a lot of time in the sun or tanning booth, you may start seeing your first age spots sooner…
If you struggle with unsightly liver spots, there are highly effective non-surgical treatments that will help remove and reduce their appearance:
IPL Photofacial- One of the most advanced liver spot removal treatments, IPL Photofacial uses light energy to gently penetrate the skin and kick start collagen production. In turn, the skin is rejuvenated, allowing it to heal from sun damage as if you were much younger.
Microdermabrasion - With this gentle treatment, the outermost layer of dead skin is removed, giving the face or another area of the body a younger, rejuvenated look and feel. For liver spots, most people require between 4-6 sessions for the full effect. Microdermabrasion can also be combined with Photofacial for enhanced liver spot removal.
Chemical Peels - For serious cases of liver spots, a chemical peel treatment may be the best option. These treatments gently remove the outer layer of skin with a chemical mask, leaving you with healthier, younger-looking, spot-free skin.
In addition, there are other more severe methods for age spot removal, such as freezing, skin sanding, and electrical needles. However, they are not advised, as they have a tendency to leave white spots and scarring. It’s important to meet with a skin care specialist during a consultation to find out which treatment is right for you.
Even if you haven’t gotten your first age spot yet, it’s almost inevitable that you will eventually. Learning about liver spot treatments now can give you a head start later in life. There are a few easy ways to safeguard against these unsightly blemishes – use sunscreen whenever you plan on spending time in the sun, and make sure that you wear protective hats and clothing to shield your skin from harmful UV radiation.
Unfortunately, we can’t stop the progress of Father Time – yet – but at least we can remove the signs that he passed by. IPL Photofacial, Microdermabrasion and Chemical Peel are all highly effective treatments for liver spot removal. Contact us today to schedule a consultation with a liver spot specialist in your area.