Age spots refer to small, dark, flat patches on the skin. They can differ in size, but usually occur in areas that are sun exposed, such as the hands, face, arms, and shoulders. Age spots are also known as liver spots, sunspots, or solar lentigines. Age spots tend to become more prominent and common in people above the age of 50. However, that doesn’t mean that younger people cannot get them by spending too much time in the sun.
In certain cases, age spots tend to look like cancerous growths. While these spots don’t need any cosmetic treatment, they are a sign that your skin is damaged. You can have these spots removed or lightened if you want. Discuss the benefits and limitations of dermarbasion during your initial consultation with your treatment provider.
Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Gary Motykie provides dermabrasion age spot removal treatment to patients in Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, and surrounding locations.
Dermabrasion for Removing Age Spots
Dermabrasion refers to a skin-resurfacing procedure which makes use of a rapidly rotating device for removing the outer layer of the skin. The skin that grows back tends to be clearer and smoother. This treatment can be used for improving the appearance of age spots and other skin flaws. Dermabrasion can be performed as a combination or stand-alone procedure.
The doctor shall numb your skin using anesthetics during dermabrasion. You can also opt for receiving general anesthesia or a sedative depending on the length and extent of the treatment. It is normal for dermabrasion to result in blotchy and sensitive skin for several days to weeks. In fact, it can take as long as three months for the skin tone to become normal again.
Dermabrasion is usually carried out in an outpatient facility or as an office procedure. The surgeon may get you admitted to a hospital if dermabrasion is part of an extensive cosmetic plan. Wash your face thoroughly on the day of the procedure and do not apply any facial cream or makeup.
Try wearing clothes that don’t need to be pulled over your head since you will have facial dressing. The care team will administer sedation or anesthesia to decrease sensation.
The doctor will use a small motorized device on the affected area. The device has an abrasive wheel which will be moved with gentle yet constant pressure. The procedure can take anywhere from a few minutes to a whole hour. You may need multiple sittings if your age spots go deep or are present in a large area.
After the Dermabrasion Procedure
Treated skin will be covered in a nonstick and moist dressing. Your treatment provider shall tell you about self-care instructions that need to be followed at home. You will also be prescribed pain medication. Your doctor may schedule a checkup to change the dressing and examine your skin.
Take care to change the dressing at home as prescribed by your doctor. You should also take care to apply all protective ointments as stated. The self-care instructions shall vary depending on the extent of the procedure. Cosmetic surgeon Dr. Gary Motykie receives patients from Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, and nearby areas for dermabrasion age spot removal procedure.
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