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What are Solar Lentigines? (Age Spots or Liver Spots)
Solar lentigines are common, non-cancerous areas of darkened skin. They are sometimes called “age spots” or “liver spots.” They can be brown or black, and may be slightly raised.
Solar lentigines are caused by long-term sun exposure. For example, they are very common in people over 40 years old who live in sunny climates and they are more common in fair-skinned people.
Solar lentigines are frequently found on sun exposed areas of the face, arms, hands and trunk. They are associated with the use of tanning beds and can occur after radiation treatments.
There are also some genetic conditions that can be associated with lentigines.
How is a solar lentigo diagnosed?
An exam by a dermatologist is frequently all that is needed. If there is a concern, the solar lentigo can be biopsied or removed.
What are the treatment options for solar lentigines?
- Hydroquinone bleaching cream
- Liquid nitrogen
- Chemical peel
- Pigment lasers
What can you expect?
Before any procedure, you will have a consultation with our expert cosmetic dermatologists. The physician will listen to you, perform a thorough evaluation, and provide you an individualized treatment plan to address your specific needs and concerns.
Solar lentigines can be treated with minimal downtime and excellent results. Depending on the treatment, 2-3 treatments maybe required. Most patients can resume normal activities the next day. Because solar lentigines are benign (non-cancerous) growths, insurance companies will not pay for their treatment. Often there is an out-of-pocket cost, that is not covered by insurance, associated with the treatment of solar lentigines.
Is treatment of solar lentigo safe?
All procedures carry some risk. However, complications from treatment procedures for solar lentigines are uncommon when performed by board-certified cosmetic dermatologists.
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