Age spots, also known as liver spots, sun spots or “solar lentigines” are flat brown, gray, or black spots that generally appear on the hands, face, neck and chest. These pesky brown spots aren’t really caused by aging, though more of them show up on your body as you get older, it is a result of sun-exposed areas and from being out in the daylight too much.
Prolonged sun exposure causes age spots to develop and are a result of the body producing excess melanin. Melanin is the skin’s natural pigment that gives skin its colour. When the skin is exposed to sunlight, the body produces extra melanin to protect the skin from the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays. The more melanin produced in that area, the darker the skin becomes.
Age spots appear when excess melanin in the skin becomes clumped together.
It feels good to lounge in the sunshine, but it can hurt your health in the long run. Over the years, too much time outdoors can put you at risk for wrinkles, age spots, scaly patches called actinic keratosis, and skin cancer. When you soak up the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays, it speeds up the aging of your skin and raises your risk of skin cancer. Sun damage is called a first-degree sun burn when it affects only the outer layer of your skin and as a result your skin turns red, it feels hot to the touch, and you may have experience some mild pain.
Those suffering from Sun Damage understandably want to reduce its appearance, and relieve the pain which is why finding the best treatment for Sun Damage for your skin is recommended. Our expert team will advise the best course of treatment to provide optimum results.
Book a consultation with our expert team today and we’ll assess your concerns to treat sun damaged skin.
If your skin has developed brown or greyish patches on the surface, you may be suffering from Melasma. Melasma, also known as ‘chloasma’ and ‘pregnancy mask’, is a common skin condition that affects both women and men. It causes the skin to darken, with brown or greyish patches of pigmentation (colour) common to develop. This can be triggered by pigment-producing cells in the skin (melanocytes) producing too much pigment (melanin). Those with a naturally darker skin pigment may develop Melasma more so than fair-skinned individuals.
The parts of the face this usually appears on are:
As well as the face, some people may find the effects of Melasma on other parts of the body, especially areas that are more prone to sun exposure such as your back, neck, legs, and arms. Those who suffer from this condition, whilst it is not painful, may have found it difficult to reduce the appearance of Melasma with products alone.
Here at Savant, we can help those who have experienced difficulty in resolving this type of skin issue with laser treatment. Targeting the areas of your skin affected by this change in pigmentation, we can help restore your skin confidence and improve its appearance.
Book a consultation with our expert team today and we’ll assess your concerns to determine your suitability for Melasma laser treatment in London.
You get these on areas of your body that are exposed to the sun. You’ll notice them more in the summer, especially if you’re fair-skinned or have light or red hair. Freckles aren’t bad for you. But some cancers in the earliest stages can look like one. See your doctor if the size, shape, or colour of a spot changes, or if it itches or bleeds. It is recommended to use sunscreen at all times if you have melasma or freckles, because daylight can make it worse.
We offer IPL removal treatment for freckles that can specifically target skin discolouration, freckles and restore a more natural and even skin complexion.
INTIMATE AREA PIGMENTATION
Hyperpigmentation or excessive darkening of the skin can appear on any part of the body. This occurs when melanin collects in the skin in higher than average amounts. Pigmentation found in intimate areas of the body, is a very common condition for many people and there’s nothing to be ashamed about. There are many reasons that intimate areas may be prone to hyperpigmentation. Melanocytes are cells in the body that produce melanin which are naturally are found in very high concentrations in the genital area. Over time when the skin rubs against each other, constant friction and irritation can occur resulting in increased pigmentation.
Age and hormones are other factors that contribute to intimate area hyperpigmentation. Hormones regulate innumerable functions in our body. In response to hormonal changes, the intimate areas start to darken at puberty and may continue darkening with age.
If you want to reduce pigmentation on the body, our specialist will recommend the best treatment for you which will be discussed on your consultation. At Savant, we can help reduce the appearance of pigmentation and darkened skin found in intimate areas using a variety of non-invasive treatments that include:
- Chemical peels which is used to treat uneven skin tone and texture and improve the skin’s appearance. This can be used on anywhere on the body.
- Desiral effectively treats pigmentation and restores hydration, elasticity, tone and sensitivity of the vaginal area.
- Avoid the sun between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. because the sun’s rays are most intense during this time
- Practice sun safety and wear broad-spectrum sunscreen daily
- Wear sun protective clothing, hats and sunglasses too
- Refrain from using tanning beds
- Wear gloves when cycling or gardening for an extended period in the sun
- Take extra precautions around water, snow, or sand, as these surfaces reflect the sun’s rays
- Wear a lip balm with SPF 30 or higher
HOW WE CAN HELP
Here at Savant, we have multiple treatment options to help treat age spots / sun spots, sun damaged skin and other forms of pigmentation
- Cryotherapy, or freezing, which involves removing the age spot with a cold substance such as liquid nitrogen, to destroy the extra pigment.
- Laser and intense pulsed light therapies using high intensity beams can target melanin granules and melanin-producing cells (melanocytes) without damaging the skin’s surface.
- Microdermabrasion, a non-invasive treatment that involves exfoliating the skin which helps to remove the top layer of the skin to improve Melasma. However, dramatic results are not generally seen or expected after one or two treatments so more may be required depending on the individual.
- Microneedling is a process where the skin is repeatedly punctured with tiny needles. This helps medical creams penetrate deeper into the skin to provide a solution and treats meslasma and other forms of pigmentation.
- Laser resurfacing, which can remove sun-damaged cells to freshen skin and fade spots.
- Chemical peel, which involves applying to the age spots an acid that releases the outer layer of your skin, peeling away the dead cells.
- Healite II LED light therapy is a non-invasive and rejuvenating treatment which helps to speed up the healing process and increase collagen production. This is great for treating acne scars and sun damaged skin.
- Consult with your Savant specialist which retinol to smooth fine lines and to lighten dark spots.
These removal techniques can also make the skin extra sensitive to sunlight. Anyone who has undergone one of these procedures should take extra precautions in the sun and consult with your Savant specialist which products to continue using.
If you have skin concerns anywhere on your face or body, our advanced skin treatments can help. Our skin treatments are designed to boost the appearance of your face and body, and provide youthful rejuvenation. All of our skin treatments are performed by our team of expert Savants, providing a suitable solution for many different skin types. They are all performed in the calming, luxurious surroundings of our hidden retreat at the heart of Kings Cross in London.
We recommend having a consultation prior to the treatment, where our highly experienced Savant Specialists will assess the areas you wish to treat and generate a bespoke treatment plan for you.