Laser Age Spots
If you feel self-conscious about age spots and brown marks, such as solar lentigos caused by sun damage, and feel that they are adding years to your appearance, then laser treatment may offer a solution, particularly if you have pale skin and are seeking treatment for your hands.
How does laser age spot removal work?
We use the Q Switched Nd:YAG laser at 532nm to treat flat brown marks such as age spots or solar lentigos, which are typically caused by sun exposure. The laser uses a powerful beam of green that shines through the outer layer of the skin. The brown pigment absorbs the light energy and gets very hot for a fraction of a second. This is enough to break up the pigment.
It is usual to allow at least two months between treatments for the damaged pigment to be absorbed and the skin to recover.
Can laser treatment help me?
The Q switched Nd:YAG laser gives the best cosmetic result when it is used on pale skin because of the contrast between the brown pigment and lighter surrounding area. If you are considering laser treatment for age spots, we would recommend that you book an initial consultation to discuss whether this would be your best treatment option, as well as the results you can expect.
Why come to the Private Skin Laser Clinic for laser age spot treatment?
Age spots and other changes to your pigmentation can be caused by sun damage and the ageing process but may also be a symptom of a skin disorder or even a serious disease. As we are a doctor-led team based in the Dermatology department of Royal Free Hospital London, we assess age spots from a medical as well as aesthetic perspective. This means that if there is a wider problem, you’re in the right place for treatment or referral.
As well as laser treatments, using the Nd:YAG laser, we can use prescription creams, IPL and excisional biopsy to remove your age spots.
We were one of the first clinics in London to offer laser treatments and have been consistently providing the highest standards of care since 1995. All of age spot treatments are performed by doctors or consultant dermatologists, and underpinned by our research, as well as ongoing training.
Laser Age Spot Removal Frequently asked questions
If you’re someone who’s susceptible to age spots or darker pigmentation caused by sun damage, then we understand it can knock your confidence and make you look older than you feel. In some cases, laser treatment can significantly fade or even remove these noticeable marks. You can find out more about the treatment below:
What's involved in laser age spot removal?
The laser light is very bright and can seriously damage eyes, so everyone in the laser suite will have to wear protective goggles. The laser fires in rapid bursts; these feel a bit like the spatter of hot fat from a frying pan, or the flick of an elastic band. The discomfort varies with the sensitivity of the area being treated. The machine is noisy. The treated area will sting for a while afterwards. An unsightly purple scab will form and last for about two weeks. Some pinkness of the treated area will persist for several weeks. Another treatment may be necessary after two to three months.
What are the side effects?
Apart from the effects noted above, serious problems are rare. Scarring, either depressed or raised, is a potential problem but unlikely. If it does occur, it is usually in the form of some change in texture of the skin. There can also be some loss of natural tanning ability in the treated area, but this often improves with time. On darker skin tones or tanned skin, it is difficult to get an even tone, so it is unlikely to match your natural skin colour. Age spots may recur, especially if you sun bathe, so the treatment should not be regarded as permanent.
What aftercare is needed following laser treatment to remove age spots?
You should not have many problems with the treated area. It generally settles rapidly and is best left alone. It should not need a dressing as long as you can resist picking and scratching. The longer the scab stays undisturbed, the better the outcome.
It’s important not to get the treated area soggy, so no long baths or swimming. Gentle washing and showering is fine. Hand cream and moisturiser can be used, but very gently so as not to disturb the scabs.
Once the scabs have come off naturally, you can resume all activities. A suntan gets in the way of the laser light so avoid the sun, or use a strong sun block, before and during treatment. Keep the area to be treated as pale as possible.
If you are at all concerned after your treatment, then get in touch with the clinic on 020 7435 7521.
How much does brown mark and age spot laser treatment cost?
The initial consultation with a Consultant Dermatologist costs £200. This can include some test shots if suitable. Subsequent treatments will cost from £100 to £200 depending on the size of the area to be treated.
With brown mark and age spot removal, a minimum of two treatment visits are likely to be required, two or three months apart.