Alternate Names : Solar Lentigo, Solar Lentigines, Senile Lentigo, Liver Spots
Age spots are flat, brown patches of skin that occur in irregular shapes. They
appear most commonly on the arms, face, and back of the hands.
What is going on in the body?
Age spots are caused by an increased number of pigment-producing cells in the
skin. They are thought to occur in response to long-term sun damage and are
associated with aging of the
skin. They are not harmful and do not represent skin cancer.
What are the causes and risks of the symptom?
The skin tends to get thinner with age. This causes older people to have pale,
translucent skin. The number of pigment, or color-containing, cells decreases.
The color-containing cells that are left tend to get bigger and group together
as age spots. Chronic sun damage speeds up the development of these spots.