Aging and Liver Spot Treatment

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Liver spots, otherwise known as age spots usually present on the skin as flat brown, black, or even gray areas that vary greatly in size. They appear on many different parts of the body, including the hands, shoulders, arms, and face. These are the areas of the body which are exposed to the sun most often. Liver spots are also commonly seen in those who tan often, whether outside or indoors. These are seen mostly in those who are forty years or older, although they can appear earlier on in life as well. Most age spots are completely harmless and do not require any sort of treatment.

While some of them may look like cancerous growths, they cannot cause any health problems whatsoever. Some people decide to have liver spots removed for aesthetic purposes. They can sometimes be lightened or even bleached to not stand out as much on the skin if you go to a dermatologist who offers this type of service. One of the best ways of avoiding liver spots in the future is to stay out of the sun as much as possible and when you are under UV light put sunscreen on to protect yourself.

When you do this you will be able to maintain a youthful look and avoid developing ugly liver spots on your skin as you grow older. Most people who have them are 55 or older and they have a history of being out in the sun quite a bit without any protection such as sunscreen. Although liver spots do not pose any threat, they can sometimes be mistaken for cancerous growths which can cause health problems. This is why it's important to use your own good judgment when it comes to examining them. If you think it looks even slightly different from a regular sun spot, you should get examined immediately.

As far as treatments go to remove age spots for cosmetic reasons, you can opt for a sort of laser procedure or even cryotherapy which will successfully hide these marks on your skin. There is also the option of electrosurgery, which while it is not that dangerous does come with some risks. The best thing you can do is talk with your doctor about what is involved and everything you should know before getting them removed. Some of these procedures can also be expensive and not covered by traditional health insurance, so it's important to consider the costs as well.

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This article was published on 2010/10/01