After a lifetime of being exposed to the sun, you're bound to have multiple consequences, including brown spots on your hands and face. Age spots, technically known as "solar lentigines," are well-defined, uniformly colored areas of brown or grayish pigment that generally show up on the hands, face, neck, and chest. Despite the name, these spots are not caused by age. Rather, they come from sun damage.
You can treat age spots several ways. Our Dermatologists use microdermabrasion, chemical peels, chemical spot treatments, laser treatments, and light therapy to lighten age spots. Some of these procedures require just one treatment; others take two or three sessions.
Always wear sunscreen after treatment to protect your healing skin from UV damage.
Age spots are the result of an excess production of melanin, or skin pigment. Skin aging, sun exposure, or other forms of ultraviolet (UV) light exposure, such as tanning beds, are all possible causes. You’re most likely to develop age spots on the areas of your skin that receive the most sun exposure, including:
• your face
• the back of your hands
• your shoulders
• your upper back
• your forearms