Sun-induced skin changes - liver spots; Senile or solar lentigines; Skin spots - aging; Age spots
No treatment is needed in most cases. You can improve the appearance of your skin by using skin bleaching lotions or creams. Most bleaching lotions use hydroquinone. This can cause blisters or skin reactions in some people. See your health care provider before starting treatment if you are worried.
Freezing (cryotherapy) or laser treatment can be used to destroy the liver spots.
Liver spots are not medically dangerous. They are permanent skin changes that may affect the cosmetic appearance of the skin.
Liver spots are harmless and painless, but they may affect the appearance. This can cause emotional distress.
Occasionally, liver spots may make it difficult to diagnose skin cancers.
Call for an appointment with your health care provider if:
Habif TM. Light-related diseases and disorders of pigmentation. In: Habif TP, ed. Clinical Dermatology. 5th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Mosby Elsevier;2009:chap 19.
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