Q: There’s a large brown age spot just inside my hair line at the temple. Could this be treated and if so, what would it involve?
A: You can certainly get rid of it, but do get it assessed first by a dermatologist to make sure it’s not a pre-cancerous lesion. This is highly unlikely, but as certain lasers, if they do not remove every last bit of the lesion, can trigger growth of new pre-cancerous or cancerous cells, you don’t want to take any risks.
As for tackling your spot, advanced laser therapist Debbie Thomas (dthomasclinic.com) suggests IPL (intense pulsed light) would normally work best to ‘zap’ this type of lesion, breaking up the pigment over the course of three or four treatments (from about £175 each).
An anonymous reader asked for advice on reducing the appearance of age spots (file image)
This may need to be repeated every six months to a year to maintain results. The problem is that IPL can also reduce hair growth — not ideal if your age spot is so close to the hairline.
So Debbie suggests ‘an ablative laser like Erbium, which burns the pigment off’. She charges £650 for the session.
It takes longer for the skin to heal — expect ‘mild to moderate irritation’ for a few days to a week depending on the depth and amount of pigment being removed — but long-term hair growth isn’t affected and results, says Debbie, should be permanent.
Beauty director Inge van Lotringen (pictured) advised the reader to first visit a dermatologist and then try IPL
Ingeborg van Lotringen is beauty director at Cosmopolitan. Email questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.