Age spots, sometimes called liver spots or sun spots, are small patches of pigment, similar to but slightly larger than freckles, where the skin appears darker than the surrounding area. Age spots often appear in areas where the body has been exposed to sun, such as the face, hands, shoulders, chest, feet and ankles.
The pigmented areas are called “age spots” because they are more commonly seen on older people. However, you can get age spots at any age, especially if you spend a lot of time in the sun. While generally not harmful to your health, age spots can be cosmetically unappealing, giving you an uneven skin tone, and making you look and feel older.
How to Remove Age Spots
There are a number of treatments available that promise to eliminate age spots, including creams, bleaches, lasers and abrasive peels. However, those methods are often expensive, slow, and sometimes ineffective in removing age spots.
Fortunately, we live in the Age of Technology, where quick, easy and affordable solutions abound, including a solution for quickly and painlessly eliminating age spots.
Cryotherapy to Zap Age Spots
Cold therapy has been used for centuries to treat injuries and afflictions affecting the body’s soft tissues. More recently, the benefits of cryotherapy have been proven effective to treat a plethora of health issues, including inflammation, arthritis, muscle pain, poor immune function, sleep disorders and more.
One area of your body that is particularly responsive to cold therapy is your skin. Exposure to cold causes blood vessels near the skin’s surface to constrict, shunting blood, toxins and fluids to the viscera. There, excess fluids and toxins are delivered to the kidneys and lymph to be eliminated, and blood cells receive an extra infusion of oxygen and nutrients which they carry to the surface once the skin begins to warm.
When it comes to age spots, exposure to sub-freezing temperatures can completely eliminate them by causing the pigmented tissue to peel away from the skin’s surface.
How Today’s Cold Treatment Works
In the past, cryotherapy was administered by using ice packs or submerging your body in an ice water bath. However, those methods only take the skin’s temperature to around 40° F. Today, advanced technologies have enabled clinicians to use liquid nitrogen as a freezing agent, exposing the superficial surface of the skin to temperatures as low as -200° F or colder.
During your cryotherapy session, a trained clinician will use a wand-like device to direct a stream of liquid nitrogen vapor to the area afflicted by age spots. The procedure takes mere seconds to perform, with no recovery time. Once frozen, the age spot will begin to scab over and will peel away from the skin within about a week. The procedure is painless, and potential side effects are limited to short-term redness and swelling.
Age Spot Removal in NYC
If you are tired of living with unsightly age spots, get them removed quickly and easily with cryotherapy at Advanced Cryo NYC in the heart of SoHo. Your session will be conducted by a trained clinician using state-of-the art equipment. While visiting Advanced Cryo NYC, ask about our unique menu of other treatments and therapies, all geared to keeping you looking and feeling young, healthy and beautiful.