Those flat tan, brown, or black spots that we call “age spots” – also known as “sun spots” or “liver spots” – are one of the results of exposing our skin to the UV light from the sun over time. Luckily, age spot removal is easier now than it ever has been, thanks to the technology of the PicoSure® laser.
Technically called solar lentigines, these spots vary in size and usually appear on the face, backs of hands, arms, shoulders and chest – areas that have the most sun exposure. Despite the name (age spots) these spots are not caused by age, but rather by sun damage, or from hormonal changes. The spots are more common in people with fair complexions but can appear in people with darker skin as well.
The same PicoSure laser that targets and breaks up tattoo ink, also works to target and break up the pigmentation of age spots. Using a special lens, called the “Focus” lens – PicoSure treats age spots/sun spots/liver spots and other discolorations by bringing the pigment to the surface of the skin where it can be sloughed off.
Additionally, PicoSure also treats acne scars, wrinkles and melasma by sending precise pulses of light deep below the skin’s surface to target specific tissue and promote the production of collagen and elastin. Smoother, more beautiful skin appears as the body heals the laser-targeted tissue.
Other benefits of using the PicoSure laser to remove age spots include:
The human brain is wired in a way that it always strives for perfection - perfection in every aspect of life, whether it is mental or physical. That said, the last thing anyone wants is to have skin that belies their age, makes them look older and more weathered than they are. This is especially true if you live in a hot area like Austin, TX, where the sun shines in all its might for most of the year. Your skin is bound to show the effects - sun / age spots are the result.
In our search for perfection, one major characteristic we are looking for is flawless skin free of any lines and dark spots. Although, it may seem strange that we live with such ‘shallow’ beauty standards, but the fact is that even thousands of years ago, Cleopatra used to apply sour milk on her skin to look like the God of beauty that she was.
The kinds of lives that we live and the kinds of environments we live in are sure to eclipse the perfection of our skin through different abnormalities. One of the major reasons that our skins don’t come close to being perfect is the appearance of dark spots. These dark spots also referred to as brown spots, sun spots or age spots are formed due to one major reason.
People who live in hot areas where sun shines for most part of the year will have their skin inundated with dark spots. It is also very likely that you go for your summer vacations to some sunny holiday spot, and come back with many cherishing memories and lots of darker spots on your skin.
Cities like Austin, where sun shines and shines, people are more vulnerable to developing these dark spots. Therefore, it is necessary to educate yourself about the formation of these spots. In this article, we will try to discuss all the details about sun spots, their prevention and treatment.
So without further ado, let’s get down to it!
Sun spots are those damaged areas on your skin that appear as the consequence of constant exposure to ultraviolet rays of the sun. Ultraviolet rays are harmful to the human skin, and therefore, as a defense mechanism, the skin produces melanin in its outer layer to protect deeper layers from UV damage.
Spots start to appear when this newly produced melanin begins to concentrate on specific spots instead of spreading uniformly throughout the skin.
It is worth mentioning here that the excessive tanning can also cause sun spots.
Melanin is the pigment produced by skin cells called melaoncytes. The amount of melanin in the skin decides the skin color of a person. In other words, dark-skinned people have more melanin in their skin than light skinned people.
Melanin doesn’t just give color to skin; it also protects it from the harmful rays of the sun (UV rays). With increased sun exposure, melanocytes increase the production of melanin to protect the skin from damage.
Many people are confused as to the difference between sun spots and age spots. Simply put, they are the same thing.
Sun spots are also called age spots due to the fact that they often appear as you age. People, above the age of 40, start to develop these concentrated patches of melanin because their bodies have experienced enough exposure to the sun in all those years.
Basically the terms sun spots and age spots are used interchangeably because with age, the skin finds it difficult to heal itself from the damages of UV rays which results in the appearance of more dark spots or age/sun spots.
However, sun spots are not always an indication of age. People who spend more time under the sun with their skin exposed are likely to develop these dark spots way before the age of 40.
Now we know that there is no significant difference between sun spots and age spots. Let’s go further and see if freckles are any different? Many people think sun spots are the same as freckles. Even though both form due to the concentrated presence of melanin that causes the spotting, they are actually quite different from each other.