Laser Age Spot Removal

Today you have them, tomorrow they’re gone! Laser treatment to remove age spots will eliminate those dark spots effortlessly, comfortably and safely.

Before and after photos of age spot removal patients

Tired of trying to cover up those spots? With just a few virtually painless laser age spot removal treatments, you’ll go from spotted to clear and even-toned. Viva the foundation-free lifestyle!

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Everyone wants to have the fresh, smooth, even skin tone we had in our youth. Remember what it was like to not have to use foundations or concealers! However, years of sun damage, poor diet, and exposure to smoking can wreak havoc on the skin and produce unsightly brown spots and lesions.

Fortunately, AMA has an extensive selection of advanced lasers specifically engineered for treating all sorts of discolored skin, including sunspots, age spots, liver spots, birthmarks, melasma, and even large, colored tattoos. These laser treatments are unique in that every treatment is customized specifically for each individual patient, interacting with the body’s natural physiology directing it to safely dissolve and remove the treated pigment. AMA Regenerative Medicine & Skincare’s unique protocols also moderate your body’s melanin level and cell turnover rate, which is responsible for skin renewal.

What Are Those Spots?

Excess melanin creates age spots

Excess melanin creates age spots

It is the cumulative effects of sun exposure that allows for a much higher risk of sun damaged skin. UV exposure “triggers an excess production of melanin, the natural pigment in our skin, resulting in “solar lentigos”, AKA sunspots, age spots, or liver spots. These spots can appear in varying places on your body such as your hands, face, chest or back. However, the sun is not the only trigger that can cause changes within the natural pigment of our skin.

Introducing the Melanocyte Cell…

The majority of the skin cells within the epidermis form a protective layer, but about every eighth cell is a melanocyte cell. Melanocyte cells are responsible for the production of melanin. Melanin is produced in the lower levels of the skin, and the pigmentation process resembles that of an assembly line.

First a trigger occurs – the sun, inflammation, injury or hormones – this sends a signal to the melanin-stimulating hormones. After this message is sent, the enzyme tyrosinase is activated. Once tyrosinase is signaled, the melanocyte cell receives a message to produce pigment. The melanocytes make melanin and package them into little bundles known as melanosomes. The cells then disperse pigment upward through the dermis, resulting in hyperpigmentation. Because the body can’t constantly work to divide the pigment properly, it gets deposited in clumps that show up as age spots and discoloration. As the skin ages, the cycle is less controlled (sun exposure and hormonal changes interrupt it), and the steady distribution of melanin becomes more dispersed. As excess melanin is produced, hyperpigmentation forms, creating dark spots on the skin that stay indefinitely unless treated.

The Age Spot Removal Treatment

At AMA Regenerative Medicine & Skincare we use a unique combination of lasers whose energies are gently absorbed by the extra pigment (melanin) which stimulates your skins natural “melanin turnover” system which removes old melanin and replaces it with new evenly toned skin. All brown spots are not created equal, so it is vital to properly identify your brown spot and customize your treatment accordingly. Depending on the type, depth and density of your pigmentation, from age spots to birthmarks to melasma, we have an array of 6 different types of lasers that can remove all hyper-pigmented discolorations.

When Will I See Results?

Pigmented skin lesions such as age spots due to sun-damage and other factors begin to show results within a few days after the first laser treatment. For darker and well-defined spots in which the melanin is close to the surface, 1-3 treatments are typically sufficient to correct the condition. These brown spots on the skin often turn slightly darker and “grayish,” becoming “crusty.” Then they simply flake off in 3-7 days, leaving perfectly virginal skin underneath. For larger pigmented areas in which the melanin is deeper and irregular, such as melasma or café-au-lait birthmark, progressive fading will accumulate over 3-6 successive treatments until the spots are removed.

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After the Treatment

Immediately following most laser removal procedures, patients will experience some redness and slight swelling of the treated area, which usually dissipates within a few hours, though in rare cases may last a few days. To enhance results and promote the long-term health of your skin, specially formulated medical-grade moisturizers, exquisite skincare products and makeup (if desired) are applied to the treated area immediately after each procedure. Additionally, hair growth may be impaired in the treated area, although it is not the intended purpose of this particular treatment.

Depending on the underlying medical conditions and lifestyle factors causing these pigmented lesions, periodic maintenance removal treatments may be needed to keep your skin brown spot-free.

Laser Age Spot Removal FAQs

Q. What are pigmented skin lesions?
Pigmented skin lesions such as sunspots, age spots and liver spots are areas of skin that have higher than normal levels of melanin making them darker than the surrounding skin. They appear as brown spots on the skin. They are usually the result of aging and/or sun exposure, on in the case of melasma, these brown spots are also influenced greatly by hormonal fluctuations.

The most common pigmented skin lesions that people have are sunspots, age spots and liver spots; people can also create man-made pigmented skin lesions in the form of tattoos. The appearance of sunspots, liver spots and age spots can present themselves as brown or dark spots on the skin in a variety of locations such as the arms or face, tend to vary in shape, size, and depth, and can appear to be flat or slightly raised. Although the majority of these brown spots are harmless and only a cause of cosmetic concern, some sunspots or moles can be precancerous, making their analysis and removal a medical necessity.

Using a KTP laser to remove age spots

Using a KTP laser to remove age spots

Q. How are age spots, sunspots and liver spots treated?
Pigmented skin lesions such as sunspots, age spots and liver spots are effectively treated by medical lasers. We have 6 different types of lasers at our disposal to combat the various pigmented skin lesions our patients can potentially have. The laser that will be used for the sunspot, liver spot and age spot removal depends on the kind of brown spot the patient has, and the shape, size, and depth of the pigmented skin lesion.

For each kind of pigmented lesion a customized age spot removal protocol has been developed that utilizes specific lasers that engage the body’s natural physiological processes that regulate the skin’s melanin content and turnover. In this way the body itself is stimulated and directed to eliminate the brown spots on the skin. The “partnership” between our scientific protocols and the body’s natural physiological mechanisms is the magic that produces the safest and gentlest treatments and superior results.

Q.What kind of results can you expect from the age spot removal treatment?
Directly after a age spot removal treatment, most patients will typically experience some redness and mild swelling of the treated area that usually lasts for a few hours, but, in rare cases, can last as long as a few days. To promote faster healing and better results, specially formulated medical-grade moisturizers and skincare products are applied immediately after the age spot removal procedure to areas treated with the laser. Although hair removal is not an intention of laser age spot removal procedures, some patients may notice temporary impaired hair growth in the treated area.

Depending on the shape, size, and depth of the brown spot as well as any underlying medical conditions and lifestyle factors, more than one age spot removal treatment may be necessary in order to maintain the area and keep it lesion-free. For pigmented skin lesions that are dark, well-defined, and close to the surface of the skin, like the majority of sunspots, liver spots and age spots, just 1 to 3 laser age spot removal treatment procedures will usually be enough to remove the lesion. After treatment, these types of lesions will typically turn darker into a grayish type color, become crusty, and then simply flake off after 3-7 days, leaving lesion-free skin underneath. This laser procedure to remove sunspots, liver spots and age spots is so gentle yet effective, that it may be used on a regular basis for the continual rejuvenation and clearing of the skin.

Authored by Dr. Asher Milgrom | Reviewed by Dr. Alice Pien | Last updated:

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