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Age spots (pigmentation): causes, symptoms and treatments

PHI Clinic offers advanced skincare and devices for the safe and effective treatment of age spots, also known as liver spots, and uneven pigmentation. 

How to get rid of age spots and pigmentation?

The latest advances in skincare can offer extremely effective results for age spots and uneven pigmentation. PHI Clinic in London is delighted to have been chosen as the exclusive UK launch partner for The Secret, a cutting-edge skincare range from Australia offering excellent results on a range of skin issues. Using skincare from The Secret, iS Clinical and Obagi, our skincare specialists will create a bespoke skincare plan for you.


PHI Clinic also offers devices to treat pigmentation, safely and effectively. One of the most exciting innovations is UltraClear a first-of-its-kind ‘cold beam’ laser which has FDA approval for the treatment of all skin tones. Our skincare specialists also use the Obagi Nu-Derm System, the iS Clinical Prodigy Peel "P2" system and the M22 system to tackle pigmentation and age spots to create life-changing results. 

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Age spots and pigmentation: what you need to know

Uneven pigmentation and age spots are caused by abnormal distribution of melanin, the pigment responsible for the colour of our skin. Melanin is produced in the skin’s outer layer by specialist cells called melanocytes. If these cells are damaged or unhealthy, melanin production is affected. 


Many pigmentation disorders are a consequence of ageing and sun damage. As we age, our skin naturally loses its ability to regenerate and repair itself. UV exposure accelerates this process. The melanocytes can become unevenly distributed, which leads to irregular deposits of melanin in the skin.


These irregular deposits can appear as larger patches of discoloured skin or as age spots. Age spots, also known as liver spots or solar lentigines, can be as small as a freckle, or up to half an inch in diameter. They are usually found on areas of the body that have been exposed to sun, such as the shoulders, hands, face and arms. 

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What causes age spots?

People with light skin and red hair are more likely to develop age spots and patchy pigmentation, as are those who have a history of overexposure to the sun, repeated sunburn and/or sunbed use. Genetics play a part too; you are more likely to have or develop age spots if a close member of your family has them. 


Hormones can also trigger uneven pigmentation. Melasma, commonly known as ‘the mask of pregnancy’, affects around 90% of pregnant women, although men can develop the condition as well. Melasma affects the upper lips, nose, cheekbones and forehead, creating a mask-like pattern of pigmented patches.


True age spots and pigmentation patches are not harmful to health. However they can be unsightly and have a significant impact on confidence. 

Pigmentation treatment

With a range of pigmentation treatments out there, knowing which one to go for can be a whirlwind. But we're here to take the confusion and hassle away. Whether it's prescription-strength skincare, or an intensive skincare treatment,  our specialists will find the best treatment for you and your pigmentation concerns.


  • The Secret Skincare -  With prescription-strength active ingredients, The Secret skincare tackles pigmentation and creates visible results. During your skin assessment, we’ll recommend the best products from this range to tackle pigmentation and create a skincare plan curated to you and your skin concerns.


  • Obagi - Our specialists use the innovative Obagi Nu-Derm System to treat a number of issues including pigmentation. This treatment works at cellular level to address signs of photodamage and restore the healthy function of the skin cells.


  • iS Clinical -  The iS Prodigy Peel "P2" system targets a large range of skin concerns, including pigmentation and restoring a radiant glow. The system’s unique formulation is combined with a powerful ‘booster’ of salicylic acid, enhancing the benefits of this advanced system. 


  • M22 -  The M22 is a pioneering aesthetic treatment that combines an IPL, a multi spot ND Yag and a fractional resurfacing application enabling us to perform a wide range of treatments. 

Our expertise

PHI Clinic founder Dr Tapan Patel holds The Aesthetics Award 2023 for Outstanding Achievement in Medical Aesthetics, and is a global trainer for Allergan Aesthetics, a leading manufacturer. This ensures his team is always up to date with the latest, most effective techniques to treat age spots and pigmentation. 


PHI Clinic is renowned for its natural-looking results, patient satisfaction, and the very highest standards in care and safety.

Safe and effective treatment

Your safety is our top priority and making our patients feel welcomed and reassured when entering PHI Clinic. To ensure maximum standard of patient care, all of our treatments are only ever carried out by our experienced and highly qualified team, who receive regular in-house and external training from industry experts. 

At PHI Clinic we do not offer same day treatment as initial consultation to ensure patients have time to reflect on their bespoke treatment plan before choosing to proceed. 

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PHI Clinic
102 Harley Street,
W1G 7JB,
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 7883 317963

Opening Hours

Monday & Tuesday - 9:30am to 6:00pm
Wednesday & Thursday - 9:30am to 8:00pm
Friday - 9:30am to 5:30pm
Saturday & Sunday - Closed

Opening times can change, if your appointment is outside of these times please contact the clinic for confirmation.