How Are Liver Spots Treated?
Treatment of liver spots is usually performed by the dermatologic surgeon in the office. Results can be permanent if a sunscreen is used continuously after removal.
Here are some common treatment approaches:
Sunscreens – The simplest treatment to protect the skin from further damage and worsening of the spots is use of a sunscreen. Sunscreen is also important after other treatment methods so the spots will not recur.
Bleaching Creams, Tretinoin and Alpha-Hydroxy Acids– These are topical applications prescribed by the physician to fade small spots. Treatment normally takes anywhere from two months to a year or longer.
Cryosurgery – The dermatologic surgeon freezes the skin tissue with liquid nitrogen to remove liver spots and skin growths.
Peeling – A chemical solution is applied to peel away the blemished skin. The face and hands usually heal in one to two weeks.
Dermabrasion – The skin is sanded lightly with a special instrument to remove the spot. Upon healing, which normally takes a week or so, the liver spot is gone.
Laser Surgery – New techniques with various lasers are used to remove the spots. A beam of laser light is directed at the liver spots to selectively eliminate the damaged skin.