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Age spots or liver spots are small, flat dark areas on the skin. They vary in size and usually appear on areas exposed to the sun, such as the face, hands, shoulders and arms. Age spots are also called sunspots, liver spots and solar lentigines. Age spots are very common in adults older than 50, but younger people can get them if they spend time in the sun.
Age spots can look like cancerous growths. Age spots don’t need treatment, but they are a sign the skin has received a lot of sun exposure and are an attempt by your skin to protect itself from more sun damage. For cosmetic reasons, they can be lightened or removed.
Age spots may affect people of all skin types, but they’re more common in adults with light skin. Unlike freckles, which are common in children and fade with no sun exposure, age spots don’t fade. Age spots are flat, oval areas of increased pigmentation and are usually tan to dark brown. They occur on skin that has had the most sun exposure over the years, such as the backs of hands, tops of feet, face, shoulders and upper back and range from freckle size to about 1/2 inch (13 millimeters). They can group together, making them more noticeable
Age spots are caused by overactive pigment cells. Ultraviolet (UV) light speeds up the production of melanin, a natural pigment that gives skin its colour. On skin that has had years of sun exposure, age spots appear when melanin becomes clumped or is produced in high concentrations. Use of commercial tanning lamps and beds also can cause age spots.
Who they affect?
Age spots can be an indication of frequent or prolonged exposure to the sun. For this reason, you might expect to see an increase in age spots as you age. You might be more likely to develop age spots if you have light skin and have a history of frequent or intense sun exposure or sunburn.
To help avoid age spots and new spots after treatment, follow these tips for limiting your sun exposure: Avoid the sun between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Because the sun’s rays are most intense during this time, try to schedule outdoor activities for other times of the day. Use sunscreen. Fifteen to 30 minutes before going outdoors, apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30. Apply sunscreen generously, and reapply every two hours — or more often if you’re swimming or perspiring. Cover up. For protection from the sun, wear tightly woven clothing that covers your arms and legs and a broad-brimmed hat, which provides more protection than does a baseball cap or golf visor. Consider wearing clothing designed to provide sun protection. Look for clothes labeled with an ultraviolet protection factor (UPF) of 40 to 50 to get the best protection.
IPL Skin Rejuvenation from £350
Clear and Brilliant laser from £400
Obagi Nu Derm system £520
Cosmelan Peel £1500
Our practitioners will advise you if you are an appropriate candidate for Botox injections for hyperhidrosis. Botox injections use botulinum toxin to block the nerve signals responsible for sweating, stopping the sweat glands from producing too much sweat. In some cases our practitioners may also advise to use prescription strength antiperspirants.
Clear & Brilliant
The laser treatment Clear & Brilliant can resurface the skin to improve patches of irregular skin tone. The treatment delivers energy to shatter the pigment cells. However, stimulating melanocytes through laser therapy can lead to further pigmentation in darker skin types, so your practitioner may recommend alternative treatment methods.
During your consultation, one of our certified laser aestheticians will assess your suitability for treatment and discuss your treatment goals and conditions.
This treatment is painless, and the aesthetician will make a few passes over the treatment area with a hand-held device. You may feel a slight warm zap in sensitive areas. You will require several treatment sessions to benefit from the optimal effects that Clear & Brilliant offers.
The treatment takes from around 20 minutes to an hour.
The Clear & Brilliant Treatment uses a non ablative fractional laser with near infrared technology. The device disperses pixelated energy at a depth of 3mm into the skin to create a controlled process of damaging and healing. This triggers the skin to remodel itself without causing visible damage to the surface layers.
We recommend 4-6 treatment sessions.
Chemical Skin Peels
Skin peels use chemical compounds and acids to remove damaged layers of the skin to reveal a smoother and more even skin tone. As the skin peel dissolves the outermost layers of the skin, it also fades and lightens pigmentation.
The treatment begins with a consultation where your practitioner will assess your skin to decipher your skin conditions and the best course of treatment.
Certain peels like Cosmelan or Dermamelan may require skin preparation with the use of at-home products in the lead up to your appointment. Your practitioner will prescribe a list of recommended products that will be suitable for you or provide you with the appropriate preparation kit.
If we’re treating you with a Cosmelan peel, we’ll require you to use a prepping de-pigmentation kit before your initial treatment to prepare your skin for the peel.
During your treatment, your practitioner will double cleanse and prepare the skin by applying a barrier cream around sensitive areas and remove all sebum to aid penetration of the acids.
Following this, we will apply the peel of choice and leave it on for a few minutes before neutralising or removing the peel. A neutraliser will prevent the acid from working on the skin, whereas a removal wipe will leave the acid active on the skin to continue improving the complexion following treatment.
Chemical skin peels are suitable for anyone who is looking for overall skin rejuvenation and an improvement in skin tone and texture. Or, those who have:
- Acne scars
- Pigmentation and sun-spots
- Mild actinic keratosis
- Moderate wrinkles or fine lines
- Large or open pores
- Crepey skin
The duration of the treatment will depend on your custom needs. Some peels may be left on for longer, depending on your needs and tolerance to treatment. Typically, it’ll take around 30 minutes.
Chemical skin peels vary in strength and substance and are either superficial, medium or deep depending on your skin concerns and skin type.
The acids and other active compounds react with the skin and dissolve the outermost layers of the skin to reveal a fresher, clearer and brighter complexion. Chemical skin peels also promote collagen and elastin growth that will encourage the growth of healthier skin.
One of the best and most effective treatments for age spots and skin pigmentation is Intense Pulsed Light or IPL as it is more commonly known. IPL is a very powerful light which is emitted by a rapid pulse of flashes. These pulses are absorbed by the target structure in the skin, heating it and destroying it. Once the pigmentation has been treated, the area will darken over the following few days, form a flat crust or scab and then come away naturally leaving no scarring.
The most popular IPL treatment for men and women is the removal of age spots. These occur on areas of the body that have been regularly exposed to the sun and are commonly found on the face and hands. Also known as liver spots or sun spots, they are usually flat to the surface of the skin and brown in colour.
Anybody can develop age spots but they are more typically found in people over the age of 40 who have fair skin. Age spots are harmless if left alone but can be an ageing feature and cosmetically unattractive.
IPL is also used to remove facial thread veins and many skin complaints that are caused by ageing, such as :
- Facial redness
- Red veins
- Age spots
- Pigment changes
- Uneven skin texture
- Fine lines
- Liver spots
- Age spots
IPL is a safe and effective treatment. As with all medical treatments there are contraindications and risks which may mean treatments need to be adapted for specific clients – or postponed for a period of time.
All clients must have a consultation and patch test prior to a full treatment.
- Facial redness
- Red Veins
- Age spots
- Liver spots
- Pigment changes
- Uneven skin texture
- Fine lines
0 – 5 days
From 15 minutes
Depends on condition and how many treatments are had
£300 per session
We generally advise 3-6 sessions 4 weeks apart depending on the condition.
Cryopen is an ideal solution for the removal of skin lesions and imperfections such as; Skin Tags, Milia, Cherry Angiomas, Age Spots, Warts and Verrucas in a fast, painless fashion. Flawless skin can be achieved in seconds with minimal invasion and without the need for injections. Cosmetic procedures such as skin tags, millia and cherry angiomas are no longer treatable as a standard NHS procedure, however the need for it is still necessary. Cryopen is a quick and easy solution to these common skin conditions without the need for anaesthesia or injections. Cryopen is virtually pain free and without the need for injections, it’s even suitable for children. Anyone who suffers with skin imperfections can be considered as a candidate for this procedure, however it is good practice to always discuss with a trained professional prior to the treatment.
Performed with a tiny applicator, it is held to the skin imperfection and then liquid nitrogen is sprayed onto the unhealthy tissue. Dependant on the size of the tissue, it can take between 1-30 seconds. The skin is then allowed to thaw, and return to its natural colour. The process can be repeated on the same area, depending on the severity.
This procedure is non-invasive and considered low risk. The risk of side effects are very rare but a few that could be noticed are:
Temporary pigmentary changes in the treatment site.
Temporary loss of sensation
Blister in the treatment area
The procedure isn’t painful and the process of healing following is no different. It usually takes 1-6 weeks depending on the size of the treatment area. Lesions usually assume a darker colour as the skin regenerates underneath it will slough or flake away.