When is the ideal time to treat age spots?
These flat, tan, or brown areas of skin often appear on the face, hands, shoulders, and arms. Not coincidentally, these are the areas of the body that are most heavily exposed to sunlight throughout the day.
Discolorations are known as age spots because they seem to become more frequent and more pronounced with age. Age spots are sometimes confused with melanoma (skin cancer), which can develop into life threatening condition when left untreated. Read this article to learn more about minimizing age spots, checking for melanoma, and keeping skin looking its best.
Minimize Age Spots Early
Like most skin conditions, early detection and correction may lead to better outcomes for lessening the appearance of age spots. Age spots appear and may darken over time, disrupting the natural tone and texture of the skin.
Age spots are sometimes confused with melanoma (skin cancer), which is another reason to treat age spots early. If the discoloration happens to be melanoma, an immediate course of action can be taken to protect you from this potentially life threatening condition.
Dr. Mariano Busso specializes in various skin conditions, including age spots. We have a variety of products and technologies available to help reduce the appearance of age spots and return skin to its even, natural tone.
Obagi® Skin Care is one product line that is available through our office. As a licensed dermatologist and skin care professional, Dr. Busso provides expert guidance to ensure Obagi® products are used with maximum effectiveness, depending upon your personal skin condition.
Obagi® Nu Derm. Dr. Busso recommends the Obagi® Nu Derm System for men and women who want to treat age spots, fine lines, rough skin, skin laxity, redness, sallowness, and other instances of hyperpigmentation (discoloration).
Age Spots or Melanoma?
One person dies of melanoma ever hour, according to SkinCancer.org. If you notice dark spots, take time to check for melanoma at home. Err on the side of caution if you are uncertain whether the discolored area of skin is cancerous or not. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Busso online, or call our office directly at 305-857-0144 for a professional diagnosis.