Liver spots

Synonyms: Age spots, Solar lentigines

Medical Specialties: Dermatology, Family practice, Internal medicine


Clinical Definition

Liver spots, or solar lentigines, are often called age spots. These flat, pigmented spots are prevalent on the face, hands, arms, back and feet of fair-skinned people. The etiology is years of sun exposure. Treatments include cryotherapy, laser therapy, chemical peels, and retinoids.


In Our Own Words

Liver spots, also called age spots, are known medically as solar lentigo. The flat, brown spots appear after years of sun exposure, especially on the face, hands, arms, back and feet of fair-skinned people.  Treatments include freezing them off (cryotherapy), laser therapy, chemical peels and creams with retinoids. Preventive options include avoiding sun exposure and sunburns and using a sun block or sunscreen.

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