If you have noticed that dark spots have started to develop on your skin, you may be seeing what are commonly referred to as age spots. Other people refer to these places as sun spots because a common cause of their formation is too much exposure to the sun over the years.
When you are exposed to the sun, the skin produces additional melanin as a way of protecting itself against the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays. This additional melanin is what produces that golden tan that so many people desire. Melanin is that substance in the skin that provides pigment. Therefore, the more melanin that is present, the deeper the tan. Age spots begin to develop when the additional melanin becomes concentrated in certain areas and becomes permanent.
You may have heard of Intense Pulsed Light, or IPL treatments which have become a widely used method for minimizing the appearance of age spots. We offer the Nordlys Hybrid Experience, the next generation of IPL. This device uses Selective Wavelength Technology to precisely deliver pulses of concentrated light into the targeted areas, causing the dark spots on the skin to diminish.
IPL treatments also stimulate the skin to produce additional collagen and elastin. This helps to restore it to its more youthful look. Collagen is that substance that gives the skin its firmness, and elastin gives it elasticity. As you age, the body naturally produces less of these substances than it did when you were younger. By stimulating the body to produce additional elastin and collagen, the levels become closer to what they were when you were younger and were free from age spots.
The number of sessions required to bring about the results you desire can vary. While IPL treatments are commonly performed on the face, there are other places where they can be used as well. In addition to using IPL treatments for age spots, we frequently use them for the treatment of freckles, fine lines and wrinkles, unwanted body hair and to help reduce the redness caused by rosacea.
After you receive an IPL treatment, you can resume your normal activities immediately. There is no need for a recuperation period that requires you to take off from work. These treatments are often referred to as photofacials or photorejuvenation.
If you have dark spots or other blemishes on your skin, consult with the team at Fine Arts Skin and Laser to see if IPL treatments can help you. We can explain the benefits of the treatment method as it pertains to your particular condition. You may find that getting rid of those spots is easier than you first thought. Contact us today to schedule an appointment at our office in Dover.