Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Age Spots Overview

What are age spots?
A person with age spots has brown or black spots on skin that occur with aging. Age spots are noncancerous and can occur anywhere on the body.

What are the symptoms of age spots?
Symptoms of age spots include smooth, flat, and brown to black skin lesions. The entire skin lesion is usually one color. Most age spots are less than one quater inch in diameter.

How does the doctor treat age spots?
Treatment for age spots is not required. For cosmetic reasons, treatment for age spots may include cryosurgery, laser skin treatments, and chemical peels. Topical medications may help remove age spots.

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Last Updated: Feb 5, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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