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Age spots are flat, brown, or tan patches that appear on the skin due to an accumulation of melanin, the pigment responsible for skin color. They are most commonly observed in individuals over the age of 50, but they can develop earlier in life due to various factors, including sun exposure.
The primary cause of age spots is prolonged exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun or tanning beds that accelerate melanin production in the skin. Other contributing factors include:
Age spots are characterized by their appearance as small, round or oval patches of hyperpigmented skin. They are typically painless and do not cause any physical discomfort. Individuals may distinguish age spots from more serious skin conditions by comparing them to pictures of age spots. However, consultation with a dermatologist is recommended to rule out any serious conditions.
Age spots are generally harmless but should not be confused with skin cancer. Age spots are flat and even in color, while skin cancer often presents as irregularly shaped moles with varying colors and an asymmetrical appearance. If you are uncertain about any skin lesion and are worried about age spots vs. skin cancer, then it is best to consult a dermatologist promptly for an evaluation.
Recognized as a Top Doctor by Philadelphia Magazine (2023), Dr. Weishar offers a range of advanced age spot removal options to rejuvenate your skin, including:
This cutting-edge laser treatment targets and shatters unwanted pigmentation, improving the appearance of age spots, sun spots, and other skin concerns. PICO Genesis offers quick and nearly painless results.
Our state-of-the-art Diode Laser provides precise, focused treatment to remove facial veins, spider veins, Cherry Angiomas, and light brown sunspots, leaving your skin unchanged.
IPL therapy effectively reduces freckles, liver spots, vascular issues, and skin discolorations. It offers immediate results and minimal downtime.
Prevention is essential when it comes to age spots. Following these guidelines may help reduce your risk of developing age spots:
Age spots may be part of aging, but they don’t have to define your skin’s appearance. At Springhouse Dermatology, we offer the best treatment for age spots. You can trust Dr. Margo Weishar and our team of medical and cosmetic dermatology professionals for all your skincare needs. Book an appointment at our Philadelphia or New York office and take the next step toward regaining confidence in your skin’s natural beauty.