Liver spots, also known as solar lentigines or age spots, are brownish, tan, or black spots that appear on the skin. They typically appear on the face, hands, shoulders, or arms because they are often caused by excessive sun exposure and those areas get the most sun.
Oftentimes, liver spots don't manifest until after a person is 50 years old, but they can show up in the younger years of your life as well. Liver spots are caused by excess exposure to UV light causing an overproduction of melanin (the pigmentation in your skin). This overproduction of melanin will clump together, giving the appearance of a liver spot.
While most liver spots are not a health concern, you may want to be free of them because of aesthetic reasons. At JUVA Skin & Laser Center, we can offer a variety of sun damage treatments for our Manhattan patients, including treatments with the Revlite laser. The Revlite laser targets brown and red pigments and melanin and heats them to point that they absorb enough laser energy to be damaged. Once damaged, the darker cells die and are removed naturally allowing the lighter skin cells to fill in and replace your age spots.
Treatment with the Revlite laser is painless and simple, so please contact our Manhattan dermatologist, Dr. Bruce Katz, today to schedule a consultation. Dr. Katz will walk you through the procedure and determine if you are a good candidate for treatment with the Revlite laser. Call us today at (212) 688-5882.