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Age Spots and Sun Spots


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Presented by JUVA Skin & Laser Center. Learn more about what causes sun spots and how you can treat them.

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Age Spots and Sun Spots

  1. 1. Age and Sun Spots Symptoms, Causes, and Treatments
  2. 2. What are age spots and sun spots? Sun spots are also commonly known as liver spots  and age spots.  They are small dark areas on your skin that vary in size. They usually appear on the face, hands, and arms, or shoulders, areas most exposed  to the sun.
  3. 3. Who gets sun spots? Men and women over  age 50 commonly develop age spots.  But younger people can get them too, especially  if they spend a lot of time in the sun or  are fairer skinned.
  4. 4. Causes of Age Spots Age spots are caused by overactive pigment cells. Ultraviolet (UV) light accelerates the production of melanin.  On areas of skin with frequent and prolonged sun exposure, age spots appear when melanin is produced in high concentrations. Using commercial tanning lamps and tanning beds can also contribute to developing  age spots.
  5. 5. Should you be concerned about sun spots? Age spots are not harmful and do not require medical treatment. However, many men and women are embarassed by the appearance of age spots. At JUVA Skin & Laser Center, we offer treatments to reduce the appearance of sun spots for a more youthful, even  skin tone.
  6. 6. Treating Age Spots Fractional CO2 Laser Great for treating general sun damage and improving skin texture.  One of the latest advances in non-surgical skin rejuvenation treatments.  Can be used safely on darker skin types. 
  7. 7. Treating Age Spots Alexandrite Laser Uses an alexandrite crystal as the laser source. Produces a speci c wavelength of light in the infrared spectrum (a red light laser). Provides very precise treatment of the sun spot and leaves in tissue the surrounding area undamaged.
  8. 8. Treating Age Spots Aerolase Laser Perfect for minimal to moderate sun damage and ne lines. Removes age spots in a single treatment. A second treatment may be necessary for individuals with sensitive skin.
  9. 9. Preventing  Sun Spots Always use sunscreen. Make it part of your daily routine and use Broad Spectrum SPF 30 or higher. Reapply sunscreen every couple of hours, especially if you have been swimming.  Wear protective clothing — wide brimmed hats, sunglasses, and beach cover-ups. Avoid the afternoon hours when the sun's rays are the most powerful. Stay in the shade when possible and take breaks in the shade. 
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