Treatment in Pune
Age spots are often caused due to excess production of melanin, or skin pigment. There is no certified report on what develops age spots, but doctors believe that aging, sun exposure, and UV- rays exposure are primary factors that trigger age spots in both men and women.
People of any age or race can get affected by this skin condition, but the following category of people is at higher risk:
Diagnosis and Treatment
At Skinovate, we first examine the patient's skin condition, and if they find something suspicious, we may suggest a biopsy. A biopsy test involves removing a small piece of your skin and examines it for cancer or any other abnormalities. Depending on your reports and diagnosis, our expert may suggest one of the following treatments to lighten or remove the age spots:
Medicines: You may get prescribed some bleaching creams that contain hydroquinone alone or with retinoid (tretinoin) along with a mild steroid. These creams may gradually fade the spots over several months. However, the medicines may cause temporary itching, redness, burning, or dryness.
Laser and Intense Pulsed Light: A laser therapy help destroy melanin-producing cells (melanocytes) without causing damage to your skin surface. For enhanced results, you may require 3-4 sessions of this treatment.
Cryotherapy: This procedure involves using a cotton-tipped swab dipped under liquid nitrogen and applied on the spots for 4-5 seconds. This treatment help destroy the spots, and as you heal, the marks fade away, and the skin appears lighter. The procedure may irritate your skin, and if not performed under expert supervision, it may also cause skin discoloration or permanent scarring.
Dermabrasion: This treatment involves sanding down the surface layer of skin with a rapidly rotating brush. During your healing period, new skin grows in its place. This procedure may require multiple sessions to achieve desired results. The possible side effects include temporary redness, scabbing and swelling.
Microdermabrasion: It is a less aggressive approach than dermabrasion. The treatment includes leaving mild skin blemishes with a smoother appearance. To get desired results, you may need multiple sessions over months. Many patients complain of a slight redness or stinging sensation on the treated areas, which eventually gets better with time and some OTC medicines. Patients suffering from rosacea or tiny red veins should not sign up for this procedure.
Chemical Peeling: This procedure involves applying a chemical solution to the skin to remove the top layers. Over time, new, smoother skin forms to take its place. Some patients experience scarring, infection, and lightening or darkening of skin color.
All the above skin treatments avail some form of risk and side-effects. To avoid such risks, choose a professional, board-certified skin clinic such as Skinovate. We ensure our patients receive the utmost care and safe services.