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    What is a dermatologic surgeon?

    One of the most innovative and progressive medical subspecialties, these ASDS experts perform medically necessary and cosmetic treatment and procedures to improve skin health and beauty.

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    From aging skin to skin cancer...

    No one is more qualified to help than an ASDS member dermatologist. Each year, these skilled doctors perform 5 million cosmetic procedures and 2.6 million skin cancer treatments.

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    One American dies of melanoma almost every hour

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    From crow's feet to spider veins...

    You'll look and feel your best when ASDS member dermatologists combine their training and expertise with the widest range of options available.

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Topical Treatments for Age Spots

 

Treatment Options

 
 

Learn more about treatment options for age spots

 
 

Some people can see an improvement in age spots with a topical prescription. The two most widely prescribed topical treatments are hydroquinone (a prescription bleaching cream) or tretinoin (a prescription acne cream). However, patients should consult with an ASDS dermatologist since what works for one individual may not work for another.

Why you should choose topical treatments for age spots

When used daily, topical solutions cause brown spots to fade over time.

Risks

As with any treatment, there are risks associated with it, though they are minimized in the hands of a qualified ASDS dermatologist. These include:

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Bleeding
  • Scarring
  • Crusting
  • Discoloration
  • Infection

Estimated cost

Topical treatments can average $50 to $200. Since treating age spots is considered a cosmetic procedure, the medication often isn't covered by most medical insurance companies.

Preparing for the procedure

Before prescribing the medication, an ASDS dermatologist will usually review the patient’s medical history and conduct a physical exam. This is the time for the doctor and patient to discuss expectations, potential risks and outcomes of the treatment.  

What to expect after the procedure

Patients may have to apply topical treatments for several months before seeing results. 

Find a doctor for topical treatments for age spots

Visit “Find a dermatologic surgeon” and find an ASDS member near you. Because ASDS doctors are trained in a variety of the best and latest techniques, they are the most qualified to evaluate and select the best treatment choice based on the individual patient’s condition.

 

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