Liver Spots

Liver spots (lentigo senilis) are small, brown spots on the surface of the skin. They appear most frequently on the back of hands and the face. They are the result of long-term sun exposure. Liver spots also have several other names. They are called age spots, senile freckles and old age spots. Liver spots increase in appearance with age. They are found more commonly on fair-skinned individuals. Liver spots can be treated or removed using plastic surgical techniques. There are different means to accomplish this. A chemical peal is one way to lighten the liver spot. A plastic surgeon may choose to remove or ameliorate liver spots through cryotherapy. Cryotherapy uses liquid nitrogen to freeze the liver spots. Another option is the use of laser treatment or Intense Pulsed-Light therapy ILP.

Fast Facts

  • The cost to remove liver spots ranges from $75 (micro-abrasion) to $5000 (CO2 laser resurfacing).
  • Laser skin resurfacing increased between 2000 and 2008 by 134%.