Liver spots are flat, brown or black spots that can appear on areas of the skin exposed to the sun. They have nothing to do with the liver or liver function. Liver spots are changes in skin colour that occur in older skin. The increased colour may be due to ageing, exposure to the sun or other sources of ultraviolet light, or causes that are not known.
Liver spots are very common after age 40. They occur most often on areas that have had the greatest sun exposure, such as the:
- Backs of the hands
Liver spots can be treated by Photorejuvenation (IPL- Intense Pulsed Light) This treatment is most commonly used for:
- Lightening and removing “sun spots”, “age spots”, and brown blotches on the face, neck, chest, hands and other areas of the body
- Lightening and reducing redness, rosacea, dilated blood vessels and “broken” blood vessels on the face, neck and chest
- Helping to control flushing
- It also has a lesser effect of improving skin texture through collagen stimulation and improves pore size minimally by temporarily reducing oiliness
Photorejuvenation, when done properly, almost always consists of a series of 3-5 treatments, usually one every four weeks. The benefits of photorejuvenation treatments are achieved with little discomfort and minimal risk.
Most people need 3-5 months, which consists of a full series of 3-5 treatments about 1 month apart. You can see some improvement with each treatment, but it’s common for your response to be slightly different to each treatment. The more sun damage or redness you have, the more likely you are to need further treatments. Expect to see gradual clearing over time.
Whilst salon treatments are fairly successful, prevention is always better than cure.
Protect your skin from the sun by taking the following steps:
- Cover your skin with clothing such as hats, long-sleeved shirts, long skirts, or pants.
- Use sunglasses to protect your eyes.
- Try to avoid sun exposure at midday, when sunlight is strongest.
- Use high-quality sunscreens that have an SPF rating of at least 30. Apply sunscreen at least half an hour before you go out in the sun. Reapply it often. Use sunscreen in the winter, as well.
For further details or to book a consultation please call the salon and we will be happy to help.