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Sun spots or age spots, also known as as solar lentigo or senile lentigines are pigmented lesions. Induced by sun damage accumulated over the years, they are well-defined, uniformly colored areas of brown or greyish pigment. They generally show up on the areas of the body that have had greater sun exposure. For example, the back of the hands, the face, neck and chest areas. Some people also develop more crust thickened pigmented areas these are seborrheic keratosis.

There are a number of creams and products on the market that suggest they are effective at reducing pigmentation. For some this may be a suitable way forward but generally this is a much longer treatment course. If you are interested in using topical products for sun spot and pigment reduction Dr Phillips can advise you. She is able to provide a treatment plan with products that have good evidence behind their efficacy.

It is important that only benign lesions are treated. Prior to any treatment your  skin will be assessed by Dr Phillips. A management plan for the most appropriate treatment will be advised.

How it works:

Fotona’s Starwalker is the ideal laser to  effectively removing benign pigmented lesions. Its multi-wavelength, Q-Switched laser system is uniquely able to produce very short pulses of intense light that are selectively absorbed by treatment-specific pigments in a lesion.Due to its versatility it can treat both superficial and deeper lesions enabling it to break apart pigments only and not cells. This means that pigment destruction can take place without ablating the skin making it exceptionally safe

Fotona’s Sp Dynamis laser can effectively treat  keratoses with the removal of the epidermis and superficial dermis in a controlled and relatively bloodless manner. Clinical studies have shown that Er:YAG lasers are very effective for the treatment of keratoses, with a clinical and histological improvement of up to 93% after just one treatment.

Expected Results:

The area treated will initially respond by going purple/red in colour and then go darker brown in colour. The purple/red colour will generally fade within 12 hours but the darker pigment over the area treated can remain for up to 10 days. This will gradually flake away and leave fresher skin with reduced pigmentation behind. 

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Treatment Summary


£195 1-3 sun spots

£275 3-6 sun spots

£375 6-10 sun spots


Duration of Treatment:

25 – 60+ mins depending on the number of lesions requiring treatment


Recovery: Patients are likely to see a darkening of the spot treated area for up to 10 days before the skin recovers


Treatment Interval: 4 week + intervals, we recommend 1-3 sessions depending on your reponse to treatment


Pre Treatment Advice: Do not sunbathe or apply self tanning products to the area being treated for the 2 weeks before your treatment


Post Treatment Advice:

Do not pick and scratch treated area. It may appear as a dry skin patch and sometimes a scab will form over the treated area.There will be some redness where you have been treated. The skin will also be a little dry and require moisturising, sometimes the skin gently peels – again this depends on the treatment regime we decide on with you. You will be advised to use a sunscreen factor 50 for a minimum of 2 weeks before and after treatment. If you do not continue to use sunscreen then you are going to expose your skin to the risk of further sun damage.

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