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Age Spots services offered in Healdsburg and Santa Rosa, CA


Aging and sun exposure affect the look of your skin, causing defined flat pigmented blemishes or age spots. These blemishes may look like skin cancer but are harmless. However, that doesn’t mean you have to live with your age spots. Redwood Empire Dermatology is a boutique practice with offices in Healdsburg, Santa Rosa, and Oakmont, California. The team offers many treatment options to get rid of age spots, restoring a more youthful look. Call the office nearest you or schedule an appointment online today.

Age Spots Q&A

What are age spots?

Age spots are flat pigmented skin blemishes that usually appear on sun-exposed areas of the skin. Young people can get age spots, but they’re more common in adults over the age of 50.

 

Melanin, your skin’s pigment-producing cells, creates age spots. Exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light from the sun (or tanning lamp) triggers the skin to increase its production of melanin. After years of sun exposure, you develop areas with clumps of these pigmented cells, creating the visible age spots. 

 

Protecting your skin from the sun may reduce your risk of developing age spots. Though harmless, there are treatments to diminish the areas of hyperpigmentation, improving your complexion. 

What do age spots look like?

Age spots are flat, oval-shaped areas of hyperpigmentation. They usually look tan or brown and vary in size. You can have age spots as small as a freckle or spots as large as a dime. 

 

Age spots affect all skin types but are more common in people with light-colored skin. The difference between age spots and other pigmented blemishes like freckles is that age spots don’t fade when you stay out of the sun.

When should I seek dermatology care for age spots?

Age spots don’t require treatment. However, the team at Redwood Empire Dermatology recommends you seek dermatology care for your age spots if you don’t like how they affect your appearance. 

 

The boutique dermatology practice specializes in cosmetic dermatology and offers many innovative treatments to clear away the pigmented areas of skin.

 

The team of dermatologists also recommends you come in for an appointment if your age spots are black or changing over time.

What are my treatment options for age spots?

Your dermatologist at Redwood Empire Dermatology does a thorough evaluation of your skin and age spots to determine the best treatment to get rid of the hyperpigmented areas of skin. Treatment options include:

 

  • Creams and lotions
  • Chemical peels
  • Laser treatments
  • Cryotherapy

 

The team includes cosmetic dermatology experts who work closely with you to determine what treatment makes the best choice for you. 

 

To find out more about the cosmetic dermatology treatment options for your age spots, call Redwood Empire Dermatology or schedule a consultation online today.

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