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What is lentigo and how can it be treated?

If you have age spots or “liver spots” that are present on the skin, you may be dealing with a condition known as lentigo. This common skin condition is seen at Florida Westcoast Skin and Cancer Center regularly and continues to be a concern for many patients. These spots that appear on the skin are often a result of sun exposure. They are typically diagnosed on skin that is exposed to UV rays, including the head, neck, face, shoulders, and arms. The lentigo develops when the skin overproduces pigment producing cells called melanocytes to create these brown imperfections.

How is lentigo treated?

The team at Florida Westcoast Skin and Cancer Center have two primary methods for reducing and eliminating lentigines from the skin:

  • Prescription topical agents – our doctors will often start with a conservative method of treatment to reduce the appearance of these spots on the skin. By prescribing certain topical creams such as bleaching agents, our team can help patients in improving the appearance of their skin and reducing the appearance of these imperfections. When used regularly, patients will notice fading over time until the spots are no longer visible.
  • Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) treatments – for darker and more stubborn lentigines, our doctor may combine prescription topical agents alongside routine Intense Pulsed Light therapies. Using a special device that administers this concentrated light, the doctor can provide treatments over the lentigo and with time, reduce its appearance. Our team finds that this therapy is combinable with other treatments, providing faster and more noticeable results sooner.

Which treatment is right for me?

In most instances, our team will start with the use of prescription topical agents and patients may consider IPL therapies if these imperfections persist.

Treat lentigo spots today!

If you are located in the Tampa, Florida area and are interested in the diagnosis and treatment of lentigo, we welcome you to book a consultation visit at Florida Westcoast Skin and Cancer Center by calling the office at (813) 877-4811. We are available to assist new and current patients at our practice, conveniently located at 4200 North Armenia Avenue, Suites 1 and 2.

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