Age Spots Specialist

Melissa R. Schneider, MD -  - Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon

Melissa R. Schneider, MD

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon located in Boston, MA

If age spots are making you look older and stealing your confidence, you have nonsurgical options to get rid of them. Men and women in Boston, Massachusetts trust Melissa Schneider, MD, PC, for all their skin rejuvenation and reconstruction needs. Call the practice to learn more, or click to schedule now.

Age Spots Q & A

What are age spots?

Age spots, also called sun spots or liver spots, are small circular or oval dark patches on your skin. The spots are areas of hyperpigmentation that often show up on your face, arms, or the backs of your hands.

What causes age spots?

Research points to an excessive production of melanin as the cause for brown age spots. There are several triggers that may be responsible for revving up melanin production, including:

  • Sun exposure
  • Sunburn
  • Tanning beds
  • Aging
  • Some medications
  • Hormonal changes

Can I prevent the development of age spots?

You may not be able to fully prevent age spots, but Dr. Schneider recommends a few steps to help minimize their severity:

  • Stay out of the sun during its most intense time of day between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
  • Wear SPF 30 or higher all year round
  • Wear protective clothing during peak times in the sun

What is a photofacial?

A photofacial is a cosmetic protocol that uses light-based technology, like Intense Pulsed LightTM (IPL), to diminish age spots, minimize unsightly capillaries, and boost your collagen production.

During your photofacial session, Dr. Schneider uses Intense Pulsed LightTM over your treatment area to penetrate to your deepest layers to repair your skin at the molecular level.

IPL works by converting light energy to heat energy. The heat “damages” your cells at the deepest level and calls on your body’s innate healing abilities to regenerate collagen and elastin, the building blocks of supple, smooth skin.

How will I feel after a photofacial treatment for age spots?

The best part of this noninvasive procedure is that no anesthesia or surgery is required. You may be red or even a little sore where the light energy was concentrated on your skin, but your normal skin color returns in a day or two and the soreness quickly dissipates.

Most of Dr. Schneider’s patients feel so good they return to school, work, and regular activities immediately following the treatment.

For same-day, minimally invasive skin rejuvenation, call Melissa Schneider, MD, PC to set up a consultation, or book your appointment online.