Angela Azar

Age Spots

Signs and Symptoms

Age spots, also known as liver spots, are pigmented areas on the skin that range in colour from light brown to black. They vary in size and appear on any area of the body that has had high levels of sun exposure.

They are most common in adults over the age of 50, but can also occur on younger skin that has been particularly damaged. While they are not dangerous, many people opt to remove age spots for cosmetic reasons.

What are the causes?

Age spots are caused by changes in the skin that alter its pigmentation. This pigmentation (melanin) is composed of enumelanin, pheomelanin and neuromelanin. Skin colour is dependent on these three elements and the amount of each that is present. Changes in the skin cause variations in the levels of melanin, resulting in the occurrence of age spots. But what causes these changes?

Sun damage

Sun damage is a major contributor to age spots, as the sun’s UV rays alter the skin’s pigmentation. The spots are therefore most prevalent in areas of the body more frequently exposed to the sun. Sun damage is the major reason for younger people requiring age spots removal.

Age

As skin ages it undergoes natural changes and begins to show the effects of environmental factors. Natural changes include lower levels of collagen production, decreased elasticity and diminished plumpness. Environmental factors such as diet, smoking and alcohol consumption contribute to and accelerate these changes. Age spots (as their name suggests) are partly due to the natural ageing process, as the skin loses its ability to regenerate effectively and melanin production is altered.

How we can help?

Angel Azar Practice offers a variety of age spots treatments to clients, including skin peels and laser photo rejuvenation. Both of these treatments can significantly improve skin tone and complexion.

For more information on which is the best way to remove age spots in your case, please contact us.