Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Age Spots Treatment

Age spots do not require treatment because they are not dangerous to your health. However, some people may choose to treat age spots for cosmetic reasons. Cosmetic treatment for age spots may include cryosurgery, laser skin treatments, and dermabrasion. Topical medications and chemical peels may also help remove age spots.

Treatment for age spots may include:

  • Skin cryosurgery:
    • Freezing the skin causes the lesion to slough off.
  • Chemical skin peels:
    • Chemicals remove the superficial layer of skin cells, and the lesions slough off.
  • Laser therapy:
    • Burning the skin surface destroys the lesion.
  • Dermabrasion:
    • Scraping the lesion off of the skin surface
  • Topical medication for age spots:

Age Spots Questions For Doctor

The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of age spots.

Questions to ask before treatment:

  • What are my treatment options?
  • What are the risks associated with treatment?
  • What are the complications I should watch for?
  • How long will I be on medication?
  • What are the potential side effects of my medication?
  • Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
  • Should I take my medication with food?

Questions to ask after treatment:
  • Are there any medications or supplements I should avoid?
  • What else can I do to reduce my risk for age spots?
  • How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
  • What local support and other resources are available?

Age Spots Specialist

Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat age spots:

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Last Updated: Feb 18, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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