Age Spots & Hyperpigmentation in Naperville, IL

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What Are Age Spots?

Age spots, also known as liver spots or solar lentigines, are small, flat, brown patches that appear on the skin as we age. They are caused by the accumulation of melanin, the pigment that gives color to our skin, and is most commonly found on areas of the body that have been exposed to the sun, such as the face, hands, arms, and shoulders. These spots also tend to surface during the aging process, and typically occur on the hands and face. While age spots are generally harmless, they can be a cosmetic concern for many people, as they can make the skin look older and less healthy. Fortunately, at Oak Dermatology, there are many treatment options available for age spots that can help reduce their appearance or remove them completely. Our clinics in Naperville, Joliet, and Itasca, IL, are equipped with innovative devices and expertly trained specialists who ensure our patients always receive the best possible care and outcome for their cosmetic concerns.

What Do Age Spots and Hyperpigmentation Look Like?

Age spots and hyperpigmentation are common skin conditions that manifest as changes in skin color, often triggered by factors like sun exposure, aging, or hormonal changes. While they can affect anyone, these conditions are especially noticeable in people with lighter skin tones and as individuals age. Although generally harmless, the appearance of these spots can be a cosmetic concern for many. Identifying the symptoms early can help in managing their visibility and understanding potential underlying causes. Common symptoms of age spots and hyperpigmentation include:

  • Darkened patches of skin
  • Irregular borders
  • Gradual development that may increase in darkness with more sun exposure
  • Smooth texture
  • Unchanged skin texture

How Do You Treat Age Spots?

While there are topical treatment options, as well as chemical peels that are effective for the treatment of age spots and brown spots, depending on your evaluation and discussion with your provider, a combination of modalities may be best suited for you. Laser therapy is a popular treatment option for age spots at Oak Dermatology. It involves using a laser to target the melanin in the skin, causing it to break up and be absorbed by the body. This can help reduce the appearance of age spots over time. Generally, these laser treatments have no downtime to minimal downtime depending the choice of laser to be used.

Oak Dermatology is equipped with a large variety of the latest advanced cosmetic technologies. Under the direction of both Dr. Jeffrey T.S. Hsu and Dr. Ashish Bhatia, who are both laser medicine fellowship-trained dermatologists, our providers have the expertise to optimize lasers, or a combination of treatments, to safely and effectively improve skin tone, color, and texture.

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Had an excellent first experience with Oak Derm today. I was seen by NP Emily Schnurstein for facial flushing and hair loss. She listened carefully to all of my concerns and addressed each one of them throughly. The front desk staff was also very pleasant.

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Most recently I have had several appointments with Dr. Jeffery Hsu for improvement on my shingles scars. They are on my face right above my eyebrow and I had been very self-conscious about it. Everyone in the office has been wonderful, friendly and professional. Dr. Hsu is highly rated in the Midwest, and I agree from my experience—from consulting with me about the scar, exploring my options, explaining everything, and performing the procedures … I was very comfortable and confident he could restore my face to what it used to be. The procedures have been quick and easy, and I am LOVING my results. He said I’d need 4-6 treatments, but so far I’ve had 2, things are already a significant improvement to where I’m able to sort of “forget” the scars are there. He’s been able to repigment the skin as well! I’m going for another treatment Wednesday and may even stop at 3 procedures, we’ll see. Very pleased with the quality of work and care. I also see Claire with Diamond glow facials to help with my milia, and she’s great and it works very well. Would highly recommend Oak Dermatology.

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Clear Up Your Skin

Age spots can be treated in a variety of ways, such as laser skin resurfacing, chemical peels, topicals, and skin care products. During your consultation, we can recommend the procedure that will likely yield the best results for your specific condition and clear up your skin. Contact Oak Dermatology in Naperville, Itasca, or Joliet, IL today to take the first step in restoring your skin.

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Can age spots become cancerous?

Regular age spots are benign and cannot turn into cancer. However, if a spot changes in appearance, it's essential to have it checked by our staff in Naperville, Joliet, or Itasca, IL, as it may be a sign of melanoma or another type of skin cancer.

How can I prevent age spots?

Protecting your skin from the sun is the best way to prevent age spots. This includes using broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 30, wearing protective clothing, and avoiding sun exposure during peak hours.

Are there any dietary changes that can help reduce age spots?

While there's no specific diet to prevent or treat age spots, eating a healthy diet rich in antioxidants (such as vitamins A, C, and E), and staying hydrated can support overall skin health. However, protecting your skin from the sun is the most effective strategy to prevent age spots.

*Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary from person to person. Images may contain models.