A lot of us are probably guilty of spending hours laying out in the sun trying to perfect that golden tan. While you might have been proud of your efforts at the time, those days spent out in the sun tend to come back to haunt you as you get older. It doesn't help that those flat, brown spots that may be popping up on your hands and body have been given the name age spots or liver spots. If you have been worrying over the appearance of these new spots, here is what you need to know: 

What Are Brown Spots and What Causes Them?

If you naturally have a fair complexion, then you are more susceptible to sun damage and age spots. While you may not be happy about the fact that they have started to appear on your skin. The upper layer of the skin or epidermis contains your pigment, which is also  known as melanin. If you spent a significant amount of time in the sun or used tanning lamps, your melanin production increases and can form clusters of pigment that appear later in life in the form of "age spots."  Broken capillaries may also occur as a result of sun damage, and can contribute to uneven skin tone.  While you may not be happy about the fact that brown or red spots have started to appear on your skin, fortunately there are ways to effectively reduce them.

Can I Get Rid of Age Spots? 

If you would like to get rid of age spots, there are procedures that can help. An IPL Photofacial is a procedure that uses intense pulsed light to target brown pigment, skin redness and broken capillaries.  Because the treatment targets the superficial layers of skin, there is no recovery time.

What Kind of Results Should I Expect?

You will see visible results in as little as one treatment, however as with many dermatological procedures, a series of treatments is typically required for maximum benefit.  What makes this procedure popular is not just the results, but the fact that it takes only 30 minutes and you don't have to worry about downtime. 

It is important to know that more brown spots may surface over time, particularly if you’ve had a lot of unprotected sun exposure over the years. However, you can help ensure the success of the IPL Photofacial by strictly following a skincare regime that includes plenty of protection from the sun. 

For those who are unhappy about the appearance of age spots, a simple IPL Photofacial treatment can offer a dramatic improvement. This safe procedure will leave you with even-toned skin that is free of brown spots, without having to worry about weeks of recovery or downtime. It is the perfect solution for those looking to undo the signs of sun damage. For more information about our IPL Photofacial treatment, call us at 905-849-8646.