Sunspots (Solar Lentigines)

Often referred to as liver spots or age spots, solar lentigines may appear after treatment with ultraviolet light (PUVA) or after using tanning booths. They may appear at any age, usually on the hands and face. People with light skin are particularly susceptible.

Solar lentigines are not serious or life-threatening, but because they are incorrectly perceived as a sign of aging, people with sun spots are often self-conscious about their skin. The spots darken over time and may converge to form larger unattractive splotches that can be very embarrassing, particularly if they are on the face. Although 90% of light-skinned people over the age of 60 develop this condition, only two in ten consult a doctor about it. Many people think that the spots are a natural part of aging and therefore untreatable, but in fact they can be treated.

The first step is to consult a plastic surgeon or a dermatologist so that a proper diagnosis can be made. There are topical treatments available that are easy to use and provide good results, especially when coupled with a comprehensive skin care and sun avoidance program. Limiting your sun exposure is a must for healthy skin. If you have dark spots on your skin and suspect sun spots, visit the doctors at Beverly Hills Plastic Surgery Group.*

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