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Age Spots

Chemical Peels Recommended For Age Spots Chemical peels work by removing the outer layers of skin, allowing new and fresh skin to emerge. To affect age spots, opt for a medium-depth peel. TCA and Jessner's are best for age spot reduction.
Name Description Cost
Jessners peel A Jessners peel contains 14% salicylic acid, 14% lactic acid, and 14% resorcinol acid in an ethanol base. When applying a Jessner’s Peel, a dermatologist or skin technician cleans your face...more Two to six Jessners peels can reduce the appearance of age spots and skin discolorations. ...more
TCA peel The TCA (trichloroacetic acid) peel is a medium-strength chemical peel that strips away the outer layers of the skin that have become damaged with time by sun, wind, poor skin care, and other...more TCA peels cost about $300 to $400.

Laser Skin Resurfacing For Age Spots
Name Description Cost
Neodymium (Nd:YAG) laser hair removal The q-switched Nd:YAG laser at the 532 wavelength is a good way to target and eliminate dark age spots. Treatment with this laser may cause scabbing, but once the scab falls off, the spot...more Nd:YAG costs between $500 and $1000 for age spots.
Fractional laser resurfacing Fractional lasers treat a fraction of the skin at any time and can be used to treat age spots. Fractional lasers include non-ablative and ablative lasers made by a variety of manufacturers....more Treatment costs are between $1,500 and $3,000.

Other Recommended Age Spots Treatments
Name Description Cost
Dermabrasion Dermabrasion essentially sands off the top layer of skin, allowing new and fresh skin to emerge in its place. It’s not inexpensive and it can be painful. Recovery can take up to a week,...more Age spots can be sanded away with dermabrasion for $1,000 to $4,000. The price depends on...more
Microdermabrasion Like dermabrasion, microdermabrasion can treat age spots by removing a top layers of skin. Microdermabrasion takes off a few layers at a time and may be effective in treating pigment with...more Age spots that appear on the face costs about $100 per session or $500 for six sessions. If...more
IPL laser (photofacial) IPL is a very effective tool for age spot removal but should not be used in tanned skin. While not technically a laser – intense pulse light employs a broad spectrum light to treat pigment...more If you’re treating a small cluster of age spots, IPL costs about $300. A larger surface...more
Cryotherapy Age spots can be frozen off the skin using liquid nitrogen. The procedure costs about $150 to $300. It should not be the first option as cryotherapy can lead to scarring. Cryotherapy costs about $150 to $300.

Treatments Not Recommended
Name Description
AHA peel While refreshing for your skin, an AHA peel is not strong enough to significantly affect age spots.

Treatment options: A number of procedures can be used to treat age spots. They include laser skin resurfacing; chemical peels; dermabrasion, which can remove the top few levels of skin; cryotherapy (applying liquid nitrogen or another freezing agent to destroy the spot-causing extra pigment), which can fade the skin but may cause permanent scarring (about $125).