For More Youthful Looking Skin
Age spots are also called liver spots or solar lentigines are associated with aging, genetic susceptibility or sun exposure. They are flat, gray, dark tan, brown or black spots found in a variety of sizes and usually appear in areas most exposed to the sun such as the face, hands, shoulders and arms. Age spots are often mistaken for cancerous growths and should be checked by a dermatologist such as Dr. Rokhsar. Age spots are common in adults older than 40, but can be present in younger people due to overexposure to the sun. Although, sun is no always the culprit, people who use tanning beds and sun lamps to emit UV rays can damage skin and encourage age spots to develop.
For cosmetic reasons age spots can be lightened using skin-bleaching products, however preventing their development using sunscreens is the best approach. Products do not always work.
Dr. Rokhsar provides his patients with the option of laser treatment using Q-switched lasers such as the Alexandrite or Nd:YAG laser. Usually one treatment is enough for removing the spots safely and effectively anywhere on the body, but sometimes a follow up treatment will be necessary depending on the amount of age spots. Intense pulse light sources (IPL) or photofacials can also be used to treat age spots in three to five sessions. IPL treatment is not as effective and is recommended for those with mild age spots. Fractional Resurfacing with the Fraxel laser is also an effective treatment for age spots and yields additional improvements for wrinkles, uneven skin textures, pores, and acne scars. Fraxel dual laser uses a new wavelength that provides faster pigment reduction and Dr. Rokhsar was deeply involved in the development and clinical testing of this laser. Dr. Rokhsar has trained more doctors in Fraxel and Fractional laser technology than probably any other doctor in the world.