What Causes Age Spots and How Can I Get Rid of Them?
Every year, Dr. Sutkin sees several patients who are suffering from age spots. These pigmentation marks appear on areas of the body that are usually exposed to the sun. Many Bay Area residents, especially those with lighter skin tones, will notice that as they get older, they will begin to show age spots on their faces, backs of their hands, shoulders, chest, and tops of their feet. If you notice any new pigmentation marks on your body, Dr. Sutkin recommends you see him immediately to determine if they are harmless, yet unsightly, age spots, which are caused by overactive pigment cells. These overactive pigment cells are activated by increased exposure to the sun or other forms of ultraviolet (UV) light such as tanning booths.
Many patients find age spots to be an embarrassing and unwanted condition, especially when they are large, clumped together, or on parts of their bodies that aren’t typically covered by makeup, such as the backs of hands, shoulders, chest, and tops of feet. For this reason, these patients come to Dr. Sutkin, who has been voted one of the nation’s top physicians by the Consumer Research Council of America and serves as the Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Sutkin is highly-sought after, not only for his impressive resume, but also for his reputation as a caring physician who treats each of his patients uniquely.
What are My Options for Treating Age Spots?
As a leading aesthetic physician who is sought after, not only by Bay Area patients but patients throughout the US, Dr. Sutkin uses only the most reliable, cutting-edge technologies in his practice. For the treatment of age spots, Dr. Sutkin typically recommends either Broadband Light (BBL) treatment, the Halo Laser, micro-needling, or chemical peels – depending on his individual patient’s unique needs.
Treating Age Spots with Forever Young BBL
The Forever Young BBL is an exciting new treatment option for sun, and UV ray damaged skin. It is a light based treatment – not a laser – that targets unwanted pigmentation marks. Treatment with Forever Young BBL is fast, non-invasive maintenanca BBL option and highly effective for many patients in the Bay Area with age spots.*
*Individual results may vary.
If Dr. Sutkin determines that the BBL is the right treatment course for your age spots, you can expect the following:
- A cool gel placed on your treatment area.
- Treatment delivered through a hand-held
- A quick treatment time, sometimes even as fast as 15 to 20 minutes.
- Practically no downtime, with many patients able to resume work and other normal activities the same day as their treatment.
- An easy recovery, with minimal discomfort.
To achieve optimal outcomes, Dr. Sutkin finds that most BBL patients need multiple treatments – typically around 3 to 5 treatments spread over 3-4 weeks or so.*
*Individual treatment plans may vary.
Leveraging the Halo Laser to Remove Age Spots
While BBL is an effective treatment option for many patients, it isn’t for everyone. In some cases, Dr. Sutkin recommends his age spots patients receive laser treatment with the new Halo laser made by an American company called Sciton. This laser is the first of its kind, delivering incredible results. It is the world’s first hybrid fractional laser.
If Dr. Sutkin recommends that the Halo laser is the ideal solution for your case of age spots, you can expect the following:
- Very little discomfort during your treatment due to a topical anesthetic that is applied prior to your treatment.
- The need to protect the skin for the first 24 hours after treatment.
- The ability to resume work and normal activities a day after your treatment.
- Some patients might need multiple treatments to receive optimal results depending on their skin conditions.
Using Chemical Peels to Treat Age Spots
Sometimes, depending on a patient’s unique case of age spots, Dr. Sutkin won’t recommend BBL or the Halo laser. In these cases, he sometimes finds that chemical peels can be effective in treating age spots. Chemical peels work by removing the top layer of the skin, allowing younger, fresher layers to shine through.
How Do I Know What Age Spots Treatment is Right for Me?
There’s no way that an untrained eye can determine which treatment option is best for your case of age spots. That’s why Dr. Sutkin stresses just how important it is to visit him for a consultation, during which he’ll evaluate your skin and come up with a personalized treatment plan for you.
To schedule a consultation today, call our office at (408) 636-7101.