Sun and Age Spot Removal Pigmented Lesions
Despite their name, age spots have nothing to do with how old you are. Known as lentigines on the medical circuit, the brownish spots can appear on your face and body, mainly due to overexposure to the sun as your body tries its hardest to fight UV rays that can damage healthy skin. Whilst the melanin pigment within your skin is responsible for absorbing sunlight, over time, repeat exposure to UV rays damages your skin and lowers your ability to produce the melanin pigment. Combined with your skin’s diminishing ability to protect your body from the sun as you age, your chances of developing signs of sun damage eventually rise. This is why your once youthful look is suddenly blemished by age spots, sun spots and liver spots.
Age spot removal is usually for people with a fair complexion, but they can be seen in those with darker skin. Age spots: Are flat, oval areas of increased pigmentation Are usually brown, black or gray Occur on skin that has had the most sun exposure over the years, such as the backs of hands, tops of feet, face, shoulders and upper back Age spots range from freckle-size to more than a half inch(1 centimeter) across and can group together, making them more prominent.
The best thing for age and sun spot removal is prevention rather than cure. The key to preventing age spots is sun avoidance and daily sunscreen use. However, for most of us it is too late for prevention, and there are several different approaches to sun and age spot removal depending on the skin and location...
Laser removal of pigmented lesions works by destroying the pigment in the skin without the for excision.This process is completed in 3 simple steps:
Step 1 - LIGHT ABSORPTION:
The laser produces short nanosecond pulses of intense light that pass harmlessly through the top layers of the skin to be selectively absorbed by the melanin pigment in the lesion.
Step 2 - PIGMENT BREAK-UP:
The laser light is transformed into photoacoustic waves which mechanically break up the melanin pigment into smaller particles.
Step 3 - PIGMENT REMOVAL:
These particles are then removed by the body's own immune system, as the skins macro-phages clear the excess pigment from the area.