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These are called liver spots, most commonly, but also go by age spots or sunspots. This hyperpigmentation concern can be treated and there are many different options patients can consider achieving their desired results. Skin rejuvenations are available at PryorHealth to help resurface skin or directly target excess pigmentation and even out your skin tone.
The effectiveness of your liver spot treatment will depend upon the approach being used to achieve the desired results. Some topical skin-care products can help to reduce the appearance of dark spots, but they often require constant application to see even mild results.
Spot-lightening chemicals and products can also be administered but should always be handled with care. For the most effective and noticeable reduction of spots and blemishes in the skin, high-end cosmetic enhancement and rejuvenation procedures are recommended. At PryorHealth in Rockford liver spot treatments are offered to patients through multiple channels, including:
This popular topical treatment is available in varying strengths with different ingredients to help deliver varying degrees of exfoliation to the skin. The procedure essentially works to lift and peel away the upper layers of skin to reveal smoother, healthier cells underneath. Sunspots tend to only live on the surface, so their appearance is often greatly reduced or completely gone after a few chemical peels.
A common approach to skin resurfacing, the IPL laser treatment option is very similar to laser technology. It uses light therapy to target and reduce molecules of excess pigment in the skin. The pigment absorbs the light and heat, which breaks it down causing the remnants to rise to the skin’s surface. From there, they peel or flake away during the healing process. This period lasts about one to two weeks.
When it comes to skin rejuvenation, laser treatments are a popular approach, as they can deliver precision control and target only the desired spots and leave the surrounding tissue alone. Some lasers, such as the CO2 laser, work to burn away the superficial layers of skin where the melanin clusters accumulate, leading to new collagen production which helps to even out tone and lightens dark spots.
In most cases, these hyperpigmentation spots that appear on the skin are caused by UV exposure from the sun or tanning bed. This reason is what coined the term sunspots. UV light stimulates melanin in the skin, and after years of exposure, patients can see clusters band together to cause dark spots in the skin.
Age can also play a role in the development of these; loss of collagen production and natural defenses against the sun and environmental stressors can lead to further imperfections developing. These are also known as liver spots, but this organ actually does not contribute to their appearance.
If the appearance of hyperpigmentation spots like these are a cause of concern, rest assured, they can be treated. Liver spots on the skin can be reduced or eliminated. While some can appear in areas that are easy to ignore, other blemishes can appear in noticeably visible areas and distract from your overall appearance.
One of the easiest ways to hide the appearance of blemishes like sunspots in the skin is through makeup. However, this approach is temporary and can be difficult to perfect for some. Cosmetic rejuvenation and medical-grade skincare procedures can also treat, reduce, or eliminate liver spots. Prevention for age spots is also a great way to help maintain skin over time. The most important step is to be diligent about sun protection.
Whenever possible, avoid direct contact with the sun, especially when rays are at their strongest in the middle of the day. If you must go outside, even if you will be in a car or outside for a brief time, you should always wear protective clothing and apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher. Not only can this help to reduce sun damage and hyperpigmentation in the skin, but it can also greatly reduce your risk of skin cancer.
These hyperpigmentation spots often resemble freckles in shape and size. Liver spots can be light brown, dark brown, or black, and appear as oval-shaped spots on the skin. These markings are completely flat and painless, and most often appear on the face, shoulders, and forearms. In other words, areas of the body that experience the most sun exposure.
Freckles generally appear at birth or shortly after. Age spots develop at any time in life, which helps set them apart from natural markings. If you are concerned about a spot on the skin, or want to pursue liver spot treatment Rockford patients are encouraged to talk to their dermatologist.
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