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Age Spots (Overview)

Age or liver spots typically refer to a skin lesion known as a solar lentigo. Typically this is flat, larger than normal freckles and contains darker pigmentation. Other age spots may refer to seborrheic keratoses that are dark, slightly elevated and are described as looking like grease paint. Both of these lesions are generally benign but evaluation by a professional is also encouraged.


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What causes age spots to form?

What causes age spots to form?

Aging: See pcp or dermatologist particularly if black colored irregular or raised. ...Read more

Age Spots (Overview)

Age or liver spots typically refer to a skin lesion known as a solar lentigo. Typically this is flat, larger than normal freckles and contains darker pigmentation. Other age spots may refer to seborrheic keratoses that are dark, slightly elevated and are described as looking like grease paint. Both of these lesions are generally benign but evaluation by a professional is also encouraged.


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How do I get age spots removed?

How do I get age spots removed?

Lasers work the best: Lasers work better than any other method of age spot removal. ...Read more

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Aging Gracefully (Checklist)

Stay socially connected
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Maintain a healthy diet and exercise
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Get a yearly physical
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Take good care of your physical appearance
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How many photofacial treatments will i need? The photofacial treatment seems too easy to be true. Is it really effective? How many times will I have to be treated by my doctor before my age spots are completely gone? .

Photofacial: Generally - few treatments - 3-6 - depending on a lot of factors. The specialist treating you will be a good guide there. It really works and works well. Very popular after the summer as well. You will be very glad you did it! ...Read more

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Is this still in healing process or it could be a scar. What should I do? Do i need an check up appointment or I have to wait mo i had treated age spots 2 1/2 weeks ago with liquid nitrogen. The scabbing fell off in 5 days. Now, the treated spots turned

Is this still in healing process or it could be a scar. What should I do? Do i need an check up appointment or I have to wait mo i had treated age spots 2  1/2 weeks ago with liquid nitrogen. The scabbing fell off in 5 days. Now, the treated spots turned

I : I would recommend that you follow up with your dermatologist since you are concerned. After treating with liquid nitrogen, there can be some hyper pigmentation. But, this could be some residual lesion, simple slow healing, or hyper pigmentation. Difficult to tell without a picture. I hope that helps a little. ...Read more

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Does hydroquinone cause cancer? What is the best over-the-counter treatment to fade age spots on hands?

Consider Herbals: Azelaic, arbutin, kojic, licorice root extract are all herbal skin lighteners that will be a bit less potent than hydroquinone, but should help in the long run. Make sure you follow the recommended guidelines on the products you are using. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Are there any laser skin treatments for age spots? I'm looking for a way to get rid of the dark spots on my face for good. I stay out of the sun and exfoliate regularly, but nothing seems to help. I don't want a temporary solution. Would laser skin treatm

Are there any laser skin treatments for age spots? I'm looking for a way to get rid of the dark spots on my face for good. I stay out of the sun and exfoliate regularly, but nothing seems to help. I don't want a temporary solution. Would laser skin treatm

Yes: Intense pulsed light (ipl) is a quick and effective way to fade unwanted skin pigment with little downtime. Permanent removal of unwanted skin pigment is much more difficult without permanently affecting the rest of your skin's natural skin color. Ipl followed by good skin care, sun protection and use of hydroquinone can extend the results of treatment but periodic touch-ups will be necessary. ...Read more

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How do I get rid of age spots on my body?

How do I get rid of age spots on my body?

Bleaching/laser/peel: Unfortunately it is not that easy getting rid of freckles, a genetic trait that is intensified by sun exposure. Otc bleaching cream such lustra (hydroquinone) may help. Chemical peels/laser treatments are more effective but often costly. You must minimize sun exposure otherwise it will re-darken. Of course, covering make-up provides instant improvement! consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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What else can I do to prevent age spots?

Comes with aging: Exposure to skink in past, see dermatologist or pcp if worried about same! ...Read more

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Do age spots darken?

Possibly: Yes they can but you must consult a doctor to make sure it is not undergoing a malignant change. ...Read more