Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.

What Can I Do About 'Liver' Spots?

Friday, 23 April 2010 09:16 AM

Question: What can I do about the “liver” spots that seem to come with age?

Dr. Hibberd's Answer:

Liver spots are otherwise known as solar or senile lentignes or age spots. They are actually not related to liver function or disease. They are age-related flat, brown spots that occur most often in sun exposed areas such as forehead, shoulders, face, forearms, and back of hands, and appear most often after the age of 40. An irregular, multicolored, or black appearance will require biopsy confirmation to be sure it is not a skin cancer.

Though no treatment is usually necessary, many prefer to improve the cosmetic appearance by using bleaching lotions available from your doctor. Some prefer to have them removed by laser treatment or even by light cryotherapy (freezing). These skin lesions are painless, but permanent, changes that many prefer to remove or bleach for cosmetic reasons.

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