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Lentigines

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    Lentigines, or liver spots, are benign lesions that occur on the sun-exposed areas of the body. They are also commonly called liver spots.
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    The lesions tend to increase in number with age, making them common among the middle age and older population. They can vary in size from 0.2 to 2 cm.
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    The backs of hands and face are common areas. These irregularly-shaped darkly-colored spots can be as large as two centimeters.
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    These flat lesions usually have discrete borders, are dark in color, and have an irregular shape.
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    Many people choose to treat lentigines for cosmetic reasons. Cryotherapy, bleaching, certain creams, chemical peels, and laser treatment are all available for the treatment of lentigines.

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Lentigines

Lentigines, commonly called liver spots, are benign lesions that occur on the sun-exposed skin like the backs of hands and face. These irregularly-shaped darkly-colored spots can be as large as two centimeters.

Causes

These lesions are caused by an increased number of pigment cells in the top layers of skin. In younger patients they are typically genetic, while in older patients, they are related to sun exposure.

Diagnosis

A doctor will perform a physical examination to diagnose lentigines. If a specific lentigo is concerning, a biopsy will be necessary to ensure it is not cancerous.

*Source:

American Osteopathic College of Dermatology

Treatment

Treatment

Many people choose to treat lentigines for cosmetic reasons. Cryotherapy, prescription bleaching creams – sometimes as a compound in combination with other topicals, chemical peels, and laser treatments are all available for the treatment of lentigines.

Prevention

Diligent sun protection will decrease the risk of developing new lentigines and their recurrence after treatment.

*Source:

American Osteopathic College of Dermatology

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