Liver Spots

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Have you ever heard of the skin problem known as liver spots? Contrary to what was once believed by many, this case is not related physiologically to the liver per se. The name was actually derived from the said organ due to its color, which is similar to that of the liver.

Also known as solar lentigos, lentigo senilis or simply lentigos, liver spots appear as blemishes seen on the skin. They are basically caused by aging, but also due to exposure to the ultraviolet rays of the sun. The latter terms are based from these particular causes of the said skin problem.

The spots show in different colors ranging from light brown to black or, in other cases reddish or grayish. They are usually located in parts of the body that is most of the time exposed to the rays of the sun, specifically the head when the person is bald, forehead, shoulders, arms, and hands.

This case often occurs to persons aged forty and above when the skin is not able to regenerate against too much exposure from the ultraviolet rays of the sun. This is another reason why the case is also known as age spots or solar lentigines. However, people, regardless of age group, may suffer especially when they spend more time directly under the heat of the sun.

Though liver spots do not pose threat, in certain occasions some people who find the spots unpleasant to the eye have them removed through a process known as cryotherapy. This is a treatment to destroy and remove diseased tissue, such as the spots, as well as cancer cells. Extreme cold is used in this method to freeze the particular areas affected. When open, surgical procedure is made, it is referred to as cryosurgery.

Physicians authorized to perform this particular treatment utilize image-guidance techniques that involve ultrasound or magnetic resonance to guide in freezing the substances in areas inside the body of the patients. Aside from solar lentigos, other problems where cryotherapy is used include skin tumors, pre-cancerous skin moles, skin tags, ugly freckles, and certain cancers such as that of the prostate, cervical and liver.

With the popularity of cosmetic surgery and medications, the age spots can also be lightened to reduce its dark, eye-catching color. Aside from its distinct color, lentigos may also appear flat, with increased pigmentation that is why it can be seen even in people with darker skin.

The spots range in sizes similar to freckles up to more than a centimetre in width, and can also group together forming pigmentations on the skin. Aside from age and too much exposure to the sun, the spots can also develop based from the genetics of the individual.

Prevention of having liver spots can be made by avoiding too much exposure to the rays of the sun that have harmful ultraviolet rays. Furthermore, healthy diet and consumption of foods that are rich in vitamins and minerals that help keep the skin youthful and healthy are needed.


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