Do you have those unwelcome brown spots, commonly referred to as liver spots or age spots? Did you know that these spots have nothing to do with your liver, or your age? Did you also know that your skin care expert, in most cases, could successfully eliminate these unwanted blemishes?

Age spots generally are not harmful to the body. However they can be quite an eyesore and many people have a strong desire to have them removed. Sometimes called liver spots because of their cooked liver appearance, age spots occur to skin that has prolonged exposure to the sun. They typically appear in areas of the body that are exposed the most often such as the hands, forearms, face, back and feet. Several simple procedures are available to significantly fade and even completely remove your age spots.

Age spot treatment options

There are many treatments available to lighten and remove age spots including cryotherapy, chemical exfoliation and Microdermabrasion.. Newer treatments, such as laser removal, are also available.

What treatment is right for me?

Treatment for age spots can vary from patient to patient. Therefore, it is a good idea to consult with your skin care expert about what treatment is right for you. If you have been using creams to try and lighten your age spots, be sure to bring them in for your consultation Your physician will want to evaluate these products to make sure they are right for you and your new regimen.

Is removal of age spots painful?

Most treatments for age spots cause little or no pain. Using creams will not cause any discomfort. In rare cases, skin irritation may form; it is a good idea to consult with your dermatologist if this happens. Laser removal is quite painless – the only discomfort involved is similar to that of a light rubber band snapping the skin. Freezing an age spot is similar to what is felt when using liquid nitrogen to remove warts. Be sure to raise this question with your dermatologist when selecting the procedure that is right for you.

Are Age Spots Harmful?

Age spots are not harmful. However, in rare occasions they have been known to obscure the detection of skin cancer. It is always a good idea to have your dermatologist examine age spots.

Who is it for?

Age spots, birthmarks and other mis-pigmented regions of the skin can often be reduced or even completely eliminated with the use of one or more of the previously stated treatments.

Pigmentation reduction treatments can be performed on patients of any age.

Set up a consultation with your skin care expert to see which method is best for you.