If you’ve spent any time out in the sun, you probably have a few age spots. They’ve little to do with age unless you want to consider hours spent in the sun. Superficial age spots can be addressed with certain exfoliating creams or bleaching agents. But deeper age spots require a more Star Wars-esque treatment — lasers. Dr. Gurley removes age spots with laser energy.
How does laser age spot removal work?
Age spots are darker than your normal skin tone because they are spots where melanin in the skin has darkened the area as a defense mechanism in response to sun damage. This makes them perfect candidates for targeting with lasers. Dr. Gurley sets the laser wavelength to target the darker color in the age spot. The laser light energy then hits the skin but is only absorbed by the darker pigment of the age spot. The age spot absorbs the laser energy, damaging the cells, making them die off. Some of the cells will peel and flake off; others are simply removed by the body. One way you know the spot has absorbed the energy and is on its way out is when it temporarily turns darker immediately after treatment.
What spots can be treated with lasers and where?
This kind of non-ablative laser spot removal can be used on age spots, liver spots, and different signs of sun damage. Dr. Gurley effectively removes spots on the face, neck, chest, arms, hands, legs, and the feet.
Is the laser treatment painful?
Most patients equate the feeling of the laser energy hitting the skin as being akin to a light snap of a rubber band on the skin, or as a light pinch. That is only felt when the split seconds of laser energy are emitted. Otherwise, the procedure is not painful.
Will I need more than one treatment?
This can vary by the individual. Some spots tend to be more stubborn, requiring more than a treatment or two to hit the road. Many spots will clear up with a single treatment, but patients typically use from one to four treatments to get the results they want.
Is there the recovery?
Most patients go right back to work or their typical activities after their treatment session.