How to treat your age spots: Three treatments from the Okanagan skin care specialists
First things first: Age spots have nothing to do with aging. In fact, they’re completely preventable, but if you already have age spots and you’re looking for an age spot treatment in Vernon, trust your face with the skin care specialists at Sanders Medical.
What causes age spots?
Your skin’s age spots are the result of exposure to the sun. Most men and women see these flat, brown marks on the most sun-exposed areas of their bodies: the face, neck and hands.
How can you prevent age spots?
At our Vernon skin care clinic, we get asked this a lot by patients from as far away as Penticton and Kelowna. Here in the Okanagan, we spend a lot of time in the sun. Of course, seeking a bit of shade during peak hours and wearing a hat will help, but for everyday prevention, you should wear a moisturizer with an SPF of at least 30 year-round.
Why should a physician take a look at your age spot?
“Age” spots resulting from excessive sun exposure must be distinguished from more serious moles and skin cancers such as malignant melanoma, squamous cell carcinoma and basal cell carcinoma. Only a physician with special training in the diagnosis and treatment of these lesions is qualified to correctly identify age spots and moles and make the correct diagnosis and recommend the appropriate treatment. Drs. William and April Sanders use a dermoscope, a special magnification device, to help identify abnormal moles and may recommend biopsy if they are suspicious. Once a mole is deemed non-cancerous and labeled an “age spot” there are various treatments that can be recommended.
What are the best age spot treatments?
Age spot treatment is a common procedure at Sanders Medical. Depending on your lifestyle and budget, we’ll recommend one of three age spot treatments:
- IPL Photorejuvenation uses intense pulses of light to fade or eliminate age spots while stimulating collagen and diminishing the size of your pores and fine lines, leaving you with supple, smooth and even-toned skin.
- Sciton Profile Microlaser Peel’s is our best tool to improve your sun-damaged skin. With the Sciton’s advanced technology, we can go deeper to reveal incredibly smooth, even-toned skin.
- Chemical Peels uses a unique blend of gentle exfoliating agents to remove layers of old, dead skin, leaving your face smoother and more radiant in just 20 minutes.