What are the main causes that determine the apparition of age spots and what are the symptoms?
Age spots, commonly known as liver spots or solar lentigo, are brown or yellow spots that appear on the back of the hands, neck and on the face. They are generally harmless, but should be checked immediately if they begin to change colour, size, shape or texture as it may be a sign of cancer.
Age spots are mostly flat, or present oval areas of increased pigmentation, they are usually tan, going from greyish, light brown to black in colour. The age spots have the same texture as the rest of your skin and do not cause any pain or discomfort, they can range from the size of a freckle to more than 13 millimeters (1/2 inch) across, but this size may seem to be even bigger if they are growing in groups or clusters.
These age spots are caused by an excess production of melanin due to over exposure to the sun. Age spots appear when the ageing process becomes more prominent, meaning after the age of 40 or 50 years old. Age spots may develop because of sun exposure, skin ageing or other various types of ultraviolet light exposure, for example, tanning beds and tanning lamps. Age spots appear in the upper layer of the skin when the melanin becomes “climbed” or is produced in particularly high concentrations.
As this solar lentigo is not harmful, some may view it as an aesthetic impediment, and would like to have them removed. Our Renew Skin and Health Clinic offers private treatments for age spots removal with amazing cosmetic results, among which the revolutionary DEKA CO2 laser therapy. So feel free to contact our Head Office.
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