While many people refer to sun spots and age spots as two different conditions, they're actually the same thing! Sun / age spots are a common type of hyperpigmentation that look like flat, dark areas of skin. Most people note that their sun / age spots look circular, but some may be irregular in shape and differ in size. It is essential to work with an expert like Dr. Schultz to determine that sun / age spots aren't signs of a more dangerous condition, like skin cancer, before removing them.

Similar to other types of hyperpigmentation, sun exposure tends to speed up the development of sun and age spots. UV exposure causes your skin to produce more melanin, which gives sun and age their dark color. Over time, melanin production can become concentrated so, instead of an even tan across the body, sun / age spots appear. Even though many people refer to these areas of hyperpigmentation as "age" spots, people of any age can develop this condition. While it is more common for people over the age of 40 to notice more sun / age spots across their body, younger individuals with more sun exposure may develop an increased number of sun / age spots.

Laser treatments are highly-effective at removing sun and age spots without damaging the surrounding tissue. Instead of dangerous at-home treatments that can damage the skin and overlook signs of skin cancer, laser treatments can remove these spots of hyperpigmentation safely. Dermatological lasers are completely different from the lasers we see cutting through metal in the movies. Instead, these lasers are designed to use certain wavelengths that are safe for the skin. That is why Dr. Schultz can select from a number of lasers with varying wavelengths to specifically target sun and age spots. In general, lasers are broken down into two categories: ablative and nonablative lasers. Nonablative lasers use specialized wavelengths and heat to target the pigment to break apart visible concentrations of melanin. Other lasers, known as ablative lasers, work to resurface the skin to reveal even-toned skin underneath. Depending on your skin's condition, Dr. Schultz will recommend an ablative or nonablative laser so that you can achieve the results you want.

Recovering from a nonablative laser removal of sun and age spots is a straightforward process. While some patients may experience redness or mild swelling, they will not have to take time off work to recover at home. Results will begin to appear after 4-6 weeks as your body breaks down the melanin to reveal even-toned skin. If Dr. Schultz has recommended an ablative laser to remove your sun and age spots, you will be fully informed about the recovery process. For some, time off work may be required to allow your skin to heal safely. Reducing sun exposure and hydrating your skin will be important to promote clear, healthy skin free of hyperpigmentation.

As the Upper East Side and NYC's premier dermatologist, Dr. Schultz has been using the most innovative dermatological lasers for over 20 years. After a careful examination of your skin and discussion of your goals, he will create a treatment plan to remove your sun and age spots. From the comfort of our modern and clean office, you'll be able to relax as your Park Avenue Skin Care expert uses an ablative or nonablative laser to remove hyperpigmentation. Before you leave, you'll be fully informed about what to expect as your skin recovers and your sun / age spots begin to dissipate.

Prior to any laser treatment at Park Avenue Skin Care, you'll receive a thorough examination so that Dr. Schultz can assess the quality of your skin and determine which laser is right for you. After a detailed discussion of what to expect during your session, through recovery, and the results you'll see, your skin will be prepped. Most patients describe laser treatments feeling like a rubber band snapping against the skin, making it a fairly painless procedure. However, your comfort is our primary concern and Dr. Schultz will discuss numbing options with you if your pain tolerance is low. Laser treatments to remove sun / age spots typically take under 30 minutes, but this time may be longer or shorter depending on the area that is being treated. Following your procedure, you will receive full aftercare instructions to promote healthy skin that is free of hyperpigmentation.

Patient Reviews

I've been seeing Dr. Schultz for the last 8 years and during that time, I've recommended him to countless friends for both cosmetic and medical dermatologic help. I trust him completely both diagnostically and aesthetically. When I had shingles, he was wonderful, incredibly supportive and kind. And when I eased into doing more cosmetic dermatology, he was– and continues to be– patient, careful and cautious. He listens to concerns and really hears what your goal outcome is and works with you to make it happen. I wanted to maintain a natural look while keeping my skin looking fresh and that's just what he's done for me. I always leave his office feeling prettier and well-cared for! If you have a medical concern or something about your skin you want to upgrade, you can't do better than Dr. Schultz and his wonderful team. And the products are amazing as well!

- Laura B.

Dr. Schultz is the most thorough and good natured dermatologist I have ever seen. I have been a patient of his for more than 20 years. He has taught me everything I know about the value of taking care of my skin, a gift that keeps on giving. He also takes the time to listen to me, to see me as an individual and doesn't treat my needs as a one size fits all doctor. I really appreciate his kindness, patience and expertise. I absolutely love his product line and have definitely reaped the rewards from using it, especially his glycolic peel pads and moisturizer, which I can't live without. My skin feels softer, smoother, appears more translucent and actually looks younger! He helped me to see beyond the lines and wrinkles, although he so good at helping to keep those at bay while maintaining a very natural appearance. His staff is outstanding. They make you feel welcome, like family, from the moment you walk through the door. Angela, Monika, Deborah and all of the support staff are extraordinary at what they do. Thank you Dr. Schultz and everyone at Park Ave Skincare. You're the best!

- Laura M.

Dr. Schultz has truly transformed my skin, so much so that I can confidently leave the house without wearing makeup now. During my first meeting with him, he intently listened to my skin concerns, we discussed what my goals were, and he explained pragmatically what treatments and products he recommended for me. I truly appreciate his fantastic bedside manner and conservative approach. I am a perfectionist in every aspect of my life, including my skin, and he understood this and was committed to helping me achieve every skin goal I had. The entire staff is just so fantastic and friendly, from reception to the PAs. They make you feel welcome and extremely comfortable, which to me is very important when visiting any doctor’s office. As someone who works too much and never gets enough sleep, my skin was looking very dull and lifeless. My skin is now full of life again and has an incredible glow to it which I have never had before. And I owe it all to the incredible Dr. Schultz.

- Kelly D.

My partnership with Dr Schultz began more than 30 years ago. As a generous friend, advisor, skilled surgeon, and superb cosmetic diagnostician, he has enabled me to look my best. He has kept me abreast of the most sophisticated procedures and in so doing, has maximized my appearance, always guided by what will be most beneficial for me. He is someone I go to for advice and care and his staff is another manifestation of this care. I don’t know many patients who can say this, and I feel fortunate to be among them.

- Ellen R.

In the four years that I've been a patient of Dr. Schultz, my acne-prone skin has gone from constant breakouts to smooth and clear. These days, I feel confident and comfortable enough in my skin to wear minimal makeup, if any—which I never would have done in years past. He and his warm, friendly staff always go above and beyond; he takes the time to listen, talk with me, and create the best plan for my skin. It's clear he has my best interests in mind, and I trust him wholeheartedly. I would highly recommend him to friends, family, and frankly, anyone who asks.

- Deanna P.

Each session with Dr. Schultz is a mini education in skin care. He approaches each patient as a unique individual with different needs. I’m Asian and he’s explained to me how that impacts treatment in a clear manner that a layperson can understand. At each examination, he recites detailed notes to his staff which he then refers back to at each future appointment, adjusting and tweaking treatment plans when necessary. Over the past two years I’ve seen a remarkable improvement in my blemishes and overall complexion and wholeheartedly recommend him to anyone looking to enhance their appearance.

- Sherry G.

I have been a patient of Dr. Schultz for many years, and I continue to be amazed at his medical approach, patience, and professionalism. He takes the time to listen to my health concerns, explains how and why he would like to issue a treatment in a way that I understand , answers all of my questions, and all of his procedures and painless and thorough. He is very attentive, results-oriented, and extremely knowledgeable. He follows up and is committed to my health and satisfaction. The Park Avenue Skincare is a calm environment and the staff are all very friendly, warm, and respectful. It's easy to get appointments at a time that works for me and they are always on time and considerate. I think so highly of him and his practice that I sent my mom to him, and continue to go to his office even though my life is based in midtown west! I have great confidence in the care that he gives.

- Katrina A.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Can I treat sun / age spots at home?

    We do not recommend trying to treat sun / age spots at Read More

  • How many appointments does it take to see results?

    While most people see improvement after just one session, it may take Read More

  • Can my sun / age spot be cancerous?

    Yes, it's possible. Since sun / age spots are caused by sun Read More

  • How can I prevent more sun / age spots from developing after my laser treatment appointment?

    Avoid sun exposure! Using the right SPF and wearing the right clothes Read More

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