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What Causes Age Spots and How Can I Remove Them?

Have you noticed small brown spots on your face, arms, or other areas often exposed to the sun? While we call these age spots, in reality, they come from exposure to UV rays from the sun. Other causes of hyperpigmentation include melasma and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH). Treatment can give you a smoother, more even skin tone. 

What Causes Age Spots?

If you have spent a lot of time in the sun, especially without sun protection, you have a high risk of developing age spots. People with fair skin have the highest chance, but people of all skin types and tones can develop hyperpigmentation due to sun exposure. Age spots develop when pigment-producing cells in the skin called melanocytes produce excessive melanin, leading to pigmented patches and spots. 

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Top Treatments for Age Spots

You have many options for removing age spots. Your aesthetic specialist at New York Skin & Vein Centers will recommend treatments that match your needs. Each method has pros and cons that make it right for some people and not others. 

Topical Treatments

An at-home regimen of skincare products like the ZO Skin Health skin care line will help keep your skin youthful-looking. This line of products will complement any other treatments you have, and it will protect your skin from sun exposure to maintain your results. 

Laser Treatments

Laser treatments work by targeting the pigment molecules that form your age spots. The laser energy heats the pigments and breaks them down. This vaporizes the melanocytes and stops them from producing excess melanin. These treatments also stimulate collagen production for smoother, more even skin. 


This treatment uses a handheld device to penetrate a few millimeters into the skin with tiny needles. These needles create areas of controlled damage that stimulate collagen development. The rejuvenation process fades age spots as new collagen forms

Chemical Peels

A chemical peel effectively exfoliates the layers of skin where hyperpigmentation resides. Depending on the strength of the peel, you will need several treatments, but as a result, you will see age spots fade away, and the skin looks more even-toned and bright. 

Consultations Available Now

The first step is to schedule an in-person consultation with one of our highly trained providers at New York Skin & Vein Center located in Oneonta, NY, serving the surrounding New York City areas with additional offices in Norwich, Binghamton, and Cobleskill.

Simply fill out the form on this page and we will reach out to you promptly to schedule your appointment. Your journey to a healthier, happier you can start today.

Is There Any Downtime With Age Spot Removal?

Different treatments may have minor downtime. After microneedling or laser treatment, many people notice redness that lasts less than a day. Topical treatments have no downtime and combine with any other anti-aging components of your treatment. 

Am I a Good Candidate for Age Spot Removal?

Almost anyone can use our dermatologist-recommended skincare products to reduce age spots. Most people make good candidates for laser, microdermabrasion, or chemical peels, but your treatment team will help you decide when will work best for you.


*Individual Results May Vary

Dr. Dohner and his team strive to provide the best experience for everyone who chooses their practice for their aesthetic and vein needs. Read why our patients love their results & experience with Dr. Dohner and his team of expert providers at New York Skin & Vein Center in New York.

Take the Next Step

To schedule your in-person age spot treatment consultation, call New York Skin & Vein Centers at (607) 431-2525 or simply fill out the form on this page. We look forward to working with you.

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