Liver Spots

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Liver spots are extremely common and occur most commonly on the backs of hands or the forehead. In todays 60 Second Housecall, Dr. Edward Hill tells us more about liver spots.

Dr. Hill:

Liver spots are flat, brown-black spots that usually occur in sun-exposed areas of the body. They are unrelated to the liver or liver function.

Liver spots are changes in skin color that occur in older skin. The increased color may be brought on by aging, exposure to the sun or other forms of ultraviolet light, or other unknown causes.

Liver spots are extremely common after age 40. They occur most often on areas that have had the greatest sun exposure, such as the:

Backs of the hands

Face

Forearms

Forehead

And shoulders

Liver spots are not medically dangerous. They are permanent skin changes that affect the cosmetic appearance of the skin.

Liver spots are harmless and painless. Occasionally, they may make it difficult to diagnose skin cancers.

No treatment is needed in most cases. You can improve the cosmetic appearance of your skin by using skin bleaching lotions or creams. Freezing or laser treatment may be recommended to destroy the liver spots.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.