Age Spots

000008853955SmallAge spots, also called liver spots, have nothing to do with the liver.  In medical terms they are called lentigos or lentigines.  They are light to dark brown flat patches on the hands, face, legs or feet that have darkened in color from chronic sun exposure.  Photoaging, another term for age spots, may be prevented or minimized by avoiding excessive sun exposure and using effective sunscreens.  Age spots may not look attractive, but they are not harmful, and they are not precancerous or cancerous.  Some age spots can be removed; others can be lightened, or made to disappear with the use of topical creams and laser treatments available in our office.