Topical Treatments 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.