The correct term for an age spot is solar lentigo; a flat mark caused by the sun. Some of these can ruffle up and acquire a third dimension, looking like darker irregular moles (and often causing concern). Ruffled up age spots are known as Seborrhoeic Keratoses.

Neither Solar Lentigos nor Seborrheoic Keratoses are of concern but they should be checked to make sure that they are not anything more serious or sinister. A simple check with the Dermatoscope, performed by Dr Dancey will give the answer. Age spots are not necessarily attractive. Because of their benign nature most GPs will not remove them.

Solar lentigos and Seborrheoic Keratoses can be removed by many methods. We use the Hyfrecator. This generates a high frequency current that is extremely precise, quick, non-messy and effective. The probe of the hyfrecator is gently rubbed onto the age spot. The heat that is delivered makes the age spot peel off almost immediately or prepare it to peel off a few days later.

Small pale age spots can be treated without anaesthesia, but larger, darker or thicker ones need a bit of local anaesthetic injected into them to make the whole procedure painless.

Afterwards the treated area looks a bit red as the new skin is visible underneath. This needs to be covered with Vaseline for a few days until the new skin is complete.

The treated area will turn dry and dark brown before the new skin appears form underneath. Make-up can be worn immediately.