Seborrheic keratosis, known more commonly as “age spots,” “liver spots,” or “wisdom spots” are darkened, elevated spots on the skin. At Miami Dermatology and Laser Institute, board-certified dermatologist, Jill Waibel, MD, FAAD, treats age spots (seborrheic keratosis) on men and women living all over the world.
What are Age Spots?
Seborrheic keratosis is a common condition that develops most commonly in older men and women. Characteristics that distinguish these abnormal growths from brown spots are:
- Raised from the skin
- Rough, wart-like texture
- Multiple growths on the face and body
- Can appear tan, black, white or brown
- Can develop near the eyes in people with darker skin
What Causes Seborrheic Keratosis (Age Spots)?
People with light skin are more likely to develop age spots. Family history also plays a role in determining if someone is susceptible to the stubborn growths. Some studies have linked sun damage to age spots.
How are Age Spots Treated?
Because an age spot looks similar to some types of cancers, the first step is to have the growth diagnosed by one of the providers on the MDLI team. If it is not cancerous, you may choose to have it removed for cosmetic reasons. Some age spots, although harmless, are problematic due to their location on the face and body, such as an area where the growth is rubbed and irritated. Treatment for age spots works by removing the growth from the skin. This may be accomplished with laser, biopsy, electrocautery, topical medications, hydrogen peroxide and other destructive methods or treatments that destroy the growth.