Brown Spots

 Brown Spots

Your grandma called them ‘liver spots’,  your mom called them ‘age spots’,  but do those pesky brown spots on our face and hands really come from our liver or from growing old?

Brown spots are also known as “solar lentigo” or lentigines.

Brown Spots on Face

Brown spots on Hands

Brown spots on Back or Chest

A lentigo is circumscribed (circular in shape) and somewhat irregularly shaped light tan to brown color spots.  It typically measures about 1 cm to 3cm but can be larger.  A lentigo is normally flat and smooth appearing, however, it can appear thickened and scaly.

The sun is the major cause of lentigines.  Acute (sunburn) or chronic exposure to the sun causes a localized proliferation (overgrowth) of melanocytes (cells that pigment the skin).

Solar damage is an accumulative effect.  We usually see lentigines start as early as people in their 30’s and 40’s.

Solar damage is an accumulative effect.  We usually see lentigines start as early as people in their 30’s and 40’s.

Typically lentigines occur on sun exposed areas of the body.  Forehead, cheeks, back shoulders, arms, shins and chest.

No. Freckles (Ephelis) are due to genetics, specifically the presence of dominant melanocortin 1 receptor gene variants. Lentigines are due to solar damage.  Freckles fade in the winter Lentigines do not.

The answer is yes and no. Lentigines on the face, hands and chest can be treated with Laser therapy (IPL) intense pulsed light.  The face can also be treated with products that lightened such as Hydroquinone and Retin-A products.


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Sarasota, FL 34239

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Driving Directions

We are located on the south side of Bee Ridge Road between Beneva and Lockwood Ridge near the Church of the Palms. Our building is located on the corner of Bee Ridge Road and Iola Drive next to the Al Purmort Insurance building.
From US 41 / Tamiami Trail:
Turn onto Bee Ridge Road and travel East until you cross Lockwood Ridge Road. You will see the Church of the Palms on your right, and then our brown building is the second building on the right.
From Interstate 75:
Take the Bee Ridge exit (207) and head West for approximately 3.5 miles. You will cross over Beneva Road. After the Beneva light, get into the left lane. Our building will be approximately 200 yards up on the left side at the corner of Bee Ridge and Iola before Lockwood Ridge.