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What are age spots and liver spots?
Age spots are also known as liver spots and solar lentigines and typically appear as small dark areas on the skin. They can appear in different sized but are seen more on the face, hands, shoulders, arms, and legs. Age and livers spots are more common in people over the age of 50 but can start to appear much younger especially if the patient has been exposed to excessive sun. True age and liver spots are harmless and only pose a cosmetic challenge to many patients.
Patients of all skin types are susceptible to age and liver spots but are more common in people with lighter skin. Age and liver spots look like the following:
- They are flat and are darker than the skin around it.
- Color can range from slightly tan to black
- Will appear on areas of the body that are exposed to the sun.
- Age and liver spot size can range from the size of a freckle to half an inch.
Do I need to worry about age spots and liver spots?
Age and liver spots are not harmful. However, if you are concerned, we recommend to visit your physician for a closer look. It is important to keep track of any changes in size and pigmentation of the age and liver spots. Your physician will also be able to recommend any treatment to lighten them or zap them away with lasers.
Age spots are usually harmless and don't require medical care. Have your doctor look at spots that are dark or have changed in appearance. These changes can be signs of melanoma, a serious form of skin cancer.
What are some causes to age spots and liver spots?
Dark, age, and liver spots are caused by the overproduction of pigmentation cells in our skin caused by ultraviolet rays. Over the course of many years, areas that are more exposed to the
Who is more likely to get age spots and liver spots.
Anyone is at risk to develop these age spots. However, factors that increase the likelihood include light skin and regular exposure to sun.