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Living with age spots
Call them what you will – age spots, liver spots, sun spots – they're all the same. An unwelcome pigmentation of the skin most exposed to the effects of the sun - our face, hands, shoulders and arms.
"The best way to prevent age spots and maintain a youthful appearance is by avoiding the sun during peak times, using sunscreen and covering up with a wide-brimmed hat," said Amy Cheng, RN, of the Sinai-Grace Cosmetic Center.
These spots are usually harmless and don’t require medical care, however, many women choose to treat them for cosmetic purposes. They can be lightened with skin-bleaching products or removed with laser therapy, cryotherapy, microdermabrasion or chemical peels.
“Many women look to the microderm as a modern day age eraser,” said Barb McNally, manager of the Cosmetic Center. “The treatment will stimulate the production of skin cells and collagen.”
While liver spots aren’t typically a concern, it is important to keep an eye on any formations on your skin and be aware of things like a rapid increase in size, irregular border, unusual combination of colors or accompanying itching, redness, tenderness or bleeding. It could be a sign of melanoma, a serious form of skin cancer.
If you have questions or would like to make an appointment at the Sinai-Grace Cosmetic Center, call (248) 414-3203.