Age spots are also called lentigo senilis or solaris. These are even brown to black pigmentation spots, often varying in size. The pigmentation spots often develop in middle-aged people with fair skin type, but they can also develop in people with darker skin type. The pigmentation spots are caused by exposure to sunlight and therefore often occur in areas that are often exposed to the sun, such as the face, backs of the hands, décolleté and shoulders.
The appearance of age spots?
Sun exposure causes the pigment cells to produce too much pigment. The longer and more often the skin has been in the sun, the more pigmentation spots can appear. Hereditary predisposition also plays a role in this. Sunburn can also cause pigmentation spots. Therefore, these pigmentation spots are also called sunspots.
An age spot is benign, but in some cases can still degenerate and become malignant. For this reason, you should always visit your doctor first to have the pigment spots checked. With the approval of a general practitioner or dermatologist, the age spots can be removed lightly or completely with the pigment laser.
At Huid & Laser Utrecht, age spots can be safely and easily treated with the Alexandrite 755 nm laser. The light from this pigment laser is absorbed by the excess pigment in the pigment spot. This converts heat, which causes the pigment cells to be destroyed. The laser only locally treats the pigmentation.