Age Spots & Sun Discoloration

Treatment Options

Age/sun spots, also known as lentigines are harmless, flat, brown discolorations of the skin which usually occur on the back of the hands, neck, and face of people over the age of 40. These spots give away a person’s age and are caused by the skin being exposed to too much sun over many years without adequate sunscreen protection. 

Erbium & Q-Switch Lasers

Erbium laser energy is absorbed by the water in the pigmented cells resulting in ablation or vaporization of the target tissue. This device is typically used to remove raised, pigmented age spots. One treatment is sufficient. The treatment is quick and requires only a local anesthetic.

Q-Switch laser energy targets the pigment in the cell, not water.  The energy destroys the melanocyte which lies deep within the skin.  The pigmented cell  eventually dies and migrates to the surface and exfoliates naturally over the course of 10-14 days.  The device is typically used on flat pigmented sunspots, freckles, solar discolration, and pigmented birthmarks.

Number of Treatments: 1 to 2


Procedure Length: 15 to 30 Minutes

Maintenance: As Needed

Down Time: None

Discomfort: Mild

Trust Dr. Nightingale with all of your cosmetic skin care needs!

Offering the most up-to-date treatments in aesthetic dermatology at competitive prices. Call us for a consultation and discover what we can do for you. 

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248 State Street, # 3A
Ellsworth, ME 04605

Toll-free:  (844) 800-2919


16 Railroad Street
Essex Jct, Vermont 05452

Toll-free:  (844) 800-2919