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What Are The Treatments For Age Spots On The Legs
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 ...Read more
I have lots of age spots on my arms and legs. Are there any home remedies available to lighten or reduce the appearance?
Age spots: I know of no effective home remedies to lighten or reduce their appearance. Particularly if due to sun exposure, I would first make sure to be evaluated by a dermatologist to make sure there are not more concerning skin issues, before focusing on the use of products that will lessen on lighten these age spots. Topical creams and laser or light treatments can be very beneficial. ...Read more
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
Yes: What we refer to as "age spots" include seborrheic keratoses (brown stuck on bumps) and lentigoes (flat brown patches). Both are hereditary, very common, and we tend to develop more with time. They can be treated with liquid nitrogen (freezing), lasers, ipl, chemical peels, curretting, cautery, etc. Treatment choice largely depends on the number of spot and how thick they are. ...Read more
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
What type of anti-aging treatments are available for hyperpigmentation? I am in my mid-fifties and I started noticing dark age spots on my cheeks and nose a few years ago. They are really starting to bother me. What kind of anti-aging treatments are avail
Depends on spots: What we term "age spots" include seborrheic keratoses (thick brown bump) and lentigoes (flat brown patch). Both are hereditary and we tend to develop more with time. They can be treated with liquid nitrogen (freezing), lasers, ipl, chemical peels, etc. Treatment choice largely depends on the number of spot and how thick they are. If they are flat sun spots, one can start with a bleaching cream. ...Read more
Surgical biopsy: Most Dermatologist realize skin creams and bleaches from caustic Chemicals are not good for the skin or your health. If a spot appears suspicious (large, growing, irregular in shape, mottled in appearance, bloody) then a biopsy to exclude melanoma or other cancer is indictated. If it is small, circular, and looks the same year after year, leaving it alone & wearing sunscreen is your best bet. ...Read more
Hi doctor, can I know what are the treatments available to cure back melanin spots on skin on legs and hand due to some insects bites few years ago.?
Sun exposure: UV light exposure is responsible for most of the darkening of scars. Keeping them covered with sun screen will help prevent darkening and visibility of the scars. Low dose topical steroids can sometimes reduce the discoloration as well, contact a dermatologist o discuss this. ...Read more
Hi...I have few white spot on my body & legs.... may I know what is that & any treatment for it? Thank you...
Tinea: This could be Tinea Versicolor or just loss of hypo pigmentation. Your MD can tell between these and if Tinea it can be treated with creams or shampoos. ...Read more
A pus like pimple comes and goes on my sister's leg near the calf on same spot. It becomes red. Is there any treatment. It started after waxing.
Cyst: This is likely a recurrent cyst that is becoming infected. She needs to have this evaluated and possible removed. ...Read more
I have red spot all over my legs and arms. What is it and what is the treatment for this? Its not itchy its just spread out all over my body now.
My wife has purple spot on skin on her thigh and calves. What are the causes and what is the treatment?
Angiomas: What may be a small red to purple papule that is a normal finding on most skin. They usually develop in adulthood and have no medical complication. If the spots are sudden and only in one area, have your dermatologist assess the area for your concern. ...Read more
Condition:general itching\symptoms: little red spot in knee joint and genital areas only \ please this caused by what? And what's the treatment?
I'm 50yrs old/f. I noticed the appearance of brown spots (like freckles) in my face, arms&legs. Is this just a sign of old age or should I be worried?
Several options: Lightening brown spots can be done with topical lightening creams such as a hydroquinone or with ipl (intense pulses light) treatments. Both of these will reduce brown pigments and create a more uniform complexion. It is important to see a physician for an examination of the spots before proceeding. Good luck. ...Read more
Dark spots= common: If by 'age spots' you mean freckles (dark flat spots) then early sun damage can cause them at 11 years old. Another 'age spot' is a raised darker lesion called a 'seborrheic keratosis' and are very common on sun exposed areas after 20-30 years old. Also it is said we make 10 new moles (congenital nevi) per year! The risk of melanoma goes up with early/prolonged sun exposure. Use sunscreen please. ...Read more
Solar lentigos: 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. ...Read more