Treatment Options For Liver Spots Do Not Come For Free

August 25, 2010

Liver spots, occasionally called age spots, are lesions not raised from the skin and that are most of the time colored brown, gray or black. The areas of the body that receive sunlight for most of the time are the locations where these lesions are usually developed. The face, hands and arms are the usual problem areas. They are mostly oblong in shape and ranges from very small to a centimeter in diameter. These spots are often accompanied by wrinkles and dry skin – signs of considerable skin degeneration.

The liver plays no part in the development of liver spots in spite of what the name suggests. So what then causes liver spots? But the generation of melanin increases when the skin, through prolonged exposure to the sun, sustains considerable damage. The consequence: age spot manifestation. But this does not take place in the blink of an eye. Instead, it takes years of cumulative sun exposure. As a result, skin damage at present forms only when you reach late adulthood. To our surprise, the sun is not the only causative factor. This is because even products that produce artificial tanning also cause damage to the skin. Then the last causative agent is age.

Though harmless, they could significantly affect your physical appearance and your self-esteem as well. That is why several treatment regimen are accessible for individual with liver spots to choose from. But these treatment options do not come for free.

These treatments include the prescription of creams containing chemicals to lighten the spot gradually. Their components are hydroquinone, tretinoin, blend of hydroquinone and tretinoin or cortisone and these creams usually cost ninety to two hundred dollars. Some can opt to use chemicals to exfoliate their skin. The price is not fixed and changes depending if it is a light peel, medium peel or deep peel. For two hundred to three hundred dollars, you can undergo light chemical peels. For five hundred to thousand dollars, you can avail of medium chemical peels. And for deep peels, you have to come up wiuth three thousand to six thousand dollars. Then there is also the use of laser which kills the excess melanocytes in the skin. For a hundred dollars per session, you can heal a small area of your skin with laser. Intense pulsed light therapy which prefersis partial to] light rather than laser is also available if you can prepare seventy to eighty dollars per session per small area.

However, these price ranges are not definitive. But apparently, the final cost of your treatment will depend on the affected area’s size, materials used, physicians’ fees and your current residence’s cost of living. Why not ask your doctor?

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