Age Spots & Freckles


Do you remember those cute freckles as a child?  They may have been adorable then but as we age, those brown/age spots can become unflattering.  Sometimes referred to as “liver spots”, these pigmented lesions called solar lentigines, can be easily removed with our GentleMax laser.  Most patients require only one treatment, making this a quick and easy solution.

What causes age/brown age spots to appear?

Two words, sun exposure.  Years of overexposure to the sun can cause solar lentigines, also referred to as “liver spots”, “age spots” and  “brown spots” to appear on the skin.  The most common areas to see the pigmented areas are on the face, hands, neck, back and shoulders or anywhere on the body that has had excessive exposure to the sun.  With our Candela GentleMax laser, we can successfully lighten and remove the spots with ease.

Will the brown spot reappear after being in the sun?

It can be quite common to have the same spot reappear after several months of heavy sun exposure.  It is highly advised to use SPF 30 or higher on a daily basis following the treatment.  For areas on the face, an antioxidant is recommended in addition to the sunscreen.  If the area treated is not exposed to the sun, the likelihood of the spot appearing is extremely low.

What will the age spot look like after treatment?

The pigmented area will appear darker, similar to a mole, as it begins to flake off resembling “pepper flakes”.  This process will take approximately one to two weeks, depending on the area of the body.

What does the treatment feel like?

Our GentleMax laser will quickly deliver a pulse of light energy with some warmth to each area being treated.  Depending on the size of the pigmented lesion, one pulse may be all that is needed.  This makes the treatment affordable and easy.

I have several brown spots on my hands, chest and face.  How do I know I am a candidate for all areas to be treated and what will be the cost?

Any area of the body can be treated with the GentleMax laser.  Depending on how many areas we are treating will determine your cost.  Typical areas average $150 to $250 per area.  It is advisable to schedule a complimentary consultation with our Cosmetic Coordinator to determine if the lesions are treatable.  Call 804-423-1514 to schedule your appointment today.


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