Also known as liver spots, age spots are small areas of darkened skin. They mostly occur on areas of the body that have been exposed to the sun. While they are mostly harmless, they can negatively impact confidence.
What’s the difference between freckles and age spots?
Both age spots and freckles present as dark patches of skin. Freckles are inherited and come in a range of colours. Like age spots, they occur when the skin is exposed to the sun.
However, unlike age spots which are caused by sun exposure over many years, they are there to protect the skin against the sun’s UV rays.
The main difference between them is the size. With freckles, they tend to be uniform in size, measuring under 5mm. Age spots, also known as solar lentigo, are larger, measuring up to 2cm in length and can occur anywhere on the body, but most commonly on the forearms, back of the hands, shoulders and face which are routinely exposed to the sun. Once they appear, they will not fade in winter months.
Is sun damage a sign of skin cancer?
Sun damage is not necessarily a sign of skin cancer. However, age spots can sometimes turn cancerous over time. This happens when the age spots are exposed to harmful UV rays. For this reason, it is important to monitor age spots for any changes that occur.
Although most age spots do not require treatment, there are ways to eliminate them if they are causing distress.
ASSOCIATED PROCEDURES: HydraFacial, Microneedling Skin Pen, ClearSkin Laser, iPixel, Harmony SR, Cryogen
TREATMENT OPTION: HYDRAFACIAL
The HydraFacial is a deep-cleansing and exfoliating facial treatment and has been hailed as a big advancement on the traditional microdermabrasion.
HydraFacial can treat pigmentation problems, scarring and target many of the signs of ageing, producing a much brighter, more hydrated complexion. It’s also highly effective as an acne treatment.Discover our HydraFacial treatments
TREATMENT OPTION: SKIN PEN
SkinPen is a collagen induction therapy procedure for the treatment of ageing, wrinkles and scarring.
It creates thousands of controlled micro-injuries in the skin to trigger the body’s natural wound healing process. This process results in the formation and remodelling of collagen and is an effective procedure for lots of skin concerns including age spots and sun damage.Discover our SkinPen treatments
TREATMENT OPTION: CLEARSKIN LASER
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ClearSkin is the first technology to combine non-ablative lasers with simultaneous contact cooling and vacuum technology to treat many skin concerns, including age spots and sun damage, by stimulating collagen renewal safely with no side effects, leaving longer-lasting results.
TREATMENT OPTION: IPIXEL
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This ablative skin resurfacing laser stimulates new collagen and elastin production, which improves the volume and texture of your skin, as well as minimising the appearance of age spots and sun damage.
TREATMENT OPTION: CLEARLIFT LASER
Harmony ClearLift laser treatment is a skin-firming, volumising and revitalising procedure with little to no downtime.
The laser treatment uses unique patented technology which applies revolutionary photo-acoustic, remodelling collagen fibres, resulting in the ultimate anti-ageing procedure. Firming the skin, adding to its volume and vitality and all without any pain or downtime.Discover our ClearLift laser treatments