Age Spots & Pigmentation

Watch age spots and pigments just disappear

Age spots are changes that occur in the superficial layers of the skin appearing as either brown, grey or black spots. They are mostly flat and occur on sun-exposed areas, sometimes referred to as sun spots, liverspots or solar lentigines.

Thought to accompany excessive sun exposure, aged spots are the result of too much melanin, the pigment naturally found in our skin. These lesions are also thought to be part of the natural aging process, ultraviolet light exposure, sun exposure and physical trauma to the body and overlying skin. Areas that are commonly affected are the face, scalp in balding men, shoulders, back of hands (holding steering wheel while driving), forearms and upper back.

The Benefits

  • At Facelab our Futona lasers have been proven to be extremely safe and effective in the elimination of most pigmented skin lesions.
  • The laser treatments are used treat both the source of the pigment and the lesion
  • For effective results, some treatments may need to be repeated
  • With our unique laser systems, downtime can varied by adjusting laser power.
  • Our highly trained clinicians will not take any risks with your pigmented lesions.

*Individual results may vary

Age spots are not specific to any race, sex or age. Those at greater risk seem to be people with fair coloured skin and over 40 years old with a history of frequent sun exposure.

It is crucial that a correct diagnosis of ‘age spots’ is made and malignancies / cancer ruled out when examining  these lesions. In some situations where there is ambiguity in the diagnosis of age / sun spots, referral to an appropriate medical specialist for a biopsy may be necessary before any treatment may commence.

There are numerous minimally invasive treatments for age spots. Some involve the use of topical bleaches in the form of creams. They need to be used carefully as they may the skin more susceptible and sensitive to damaging UV rays…..sunscreen use is essential at all times during treatment.

At Facelab, we treat sun spots with lasers. The lasers are often used in a 2 pronged modality.
  1. We target those cells, the melanocytes that produce the melanin (skin pigment)
  2. The laser is used to very gently damage the outermost layer of skin, which upon rejuvenation and healing will be firmer, less pigmented and have lesser signs of aging.

We call this process skin rejuvenation and there is a variety of technique that we use depending on the condition. Each technique will have a different efficacy and the laser settings can be varied to accommodate a patients desired end result and downtime requirements. Treatments often need to be repeated for optimal results.