Commonly referred to as “liver spots,” lentigines are benign lesions that develop on areas of the body commonly exposed to the sun, such as the face and the backs of the hands as a result of hyperpigmentation and overproduction of melanin in the superficial layers of the skin. Lentigines increase in quantity with age and are most commonly seen among older people.

Sun protection is the best method of prevention and will decrease the risk of developing new lentigines. While lentigines are harmless, many people choose to treat them for cosmetic reasons. Treatment options include:

  • Cryotherapy (freezing them off with liquid nitrogen)

  • Prescription bleaching creams

  • Chemical peels

  • Laser treatments