Age Spots Specialist

Dawn S. Allison, MD -  - Dermatologist

Allison Dermatology & Skin Cancer Center

Dawn S. Allison, MD

Dermatologist located in Bend, OR

Although harmless, age spots are a common condition that many adults choose to have treated for cosmetic reasons. However, if you’re concerned that they might indicate something serious, you can visit Dawn S. Allison, MD in Bend Oregon. Dr. Allison can examine your age spots to ensure they’re not something more serious. If they do turn out to be only age spots, she can treat them to enhance your appearance. If you’re concerned about age spots, call Allison Dermatology & Skin Cancer Center or book an appointment online today.

Age Spots Q&A

What are age spots and what do they look like?

Age spots are small, dark spots that appear on your skin. These spots are typically brown, black, or tan and commonly appear on body parts that receive a lot of sun exposure, including:

  • Face
  • Hands
  • Arms
  • Shoulders
  • Upper back

Although age spots can look like cancerous growths, they’re harmless. Many people choose to have age spots treated to improve their appearance.

What causes age spots?

Although men, women, and children of all ages can develop age spots, they’re most common in adults over age 50. Exposure to ultraviolet light from tanning beds or the sun can accelerate the appearance of age spots. Because of this, age spots are sometimes called:

  • Sun spots
  • Solar lentigines
  • Senile lentigines

Age spots are also commonly called liver spots, although they have nothing to do with your liver.

Are age spots preventable?

You can reduce your chances of getting age spots by practicing the following methods:

  • Use sunscreen rated SPF 30 or above every day
  • Apply sunscreen 30 minutes before going out in the sun and reapply every two hours
  • Wear protective clothing such as sun hats, long-sleeved shirts, and pants when outdoors
  • Avoid the sun during the hours when it’s most intense, usually between 10am and 3pm

How does a dermatologist treat age spots?

First, Dr. Allison performs a physical exam to make sure you have age spots and not a more severe condition. If she suspects your spots may be something else, Dr. Allison might suggest a biopsy.

Once she confirms a diagnosis of age spots, Dr. Allison discusses your options for treatment. To treat your age spots, Dr. Allison may prescribe a bleaching cream that makes the spots fade gradually. There are also several medical procedures designed to reduce the appearance of age spots, including:

  • Laser treatment
  • Chemical peels
  • Microdermabrasion
  • Cryosurgery

If you’re bothered by age spots and want to have them examined or treated, call Allison Dermatology & Skin Cancer Center or book an appointment online today.