Conditions: Sunspots

What are sunspots?

Skin changes as you age. Change can occur both in pigment and texture. Sunspots (also known as liver spots) are those little dark spots that can often be mistaken for freckles. This skin damage occurs by exposure to the ultraviolet rays of the sun. Sunspots usually appear in areas regularly exposed to sunlight like the face, hands, shoulders, and arms. Sunspots can appear on your scalp if you are bald. Sunspots tend to increase with age as the skin has a harder time repairing the damage from ultraviolet light. 11 minutes of sun exposure produces more damage than the skin can repair in 24 hours.

What are the risks of not treating sunspots?

The benefit of hindsight is not always practicable for reversing existing damage. Because sunspots are a form of sun damage to the skin, dermatologists advise that prevention is the best form of treatment.

If you have sunspots and feel self-conscious, you may have been thinking about treatment. There are a variety of cosmetic procedures and products available from dermatologists that can eradicate them safely and effectively.



How Dermatology Associates of Seattle can help you with your sunspots:

Laser and IPL removal of sunspots can significantly enhance your skin’s appearance. One to three 30 minutes laser treatments are usually required to remove sun spots, freckles, and age spots.

If sunspots are prematurely aging you, talk to one of our highly trained dermatologists at Dermatology Associates of Seattle today. They work hard with patients to obtain younger looking skin


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