Sun spots and liver spots

Some of the most common signs of excessive sun exposure and premature skin-ageing include the blemishes that are known as sun spots and liver spots. They have nothing to do with your liver; they’re just like big freckles caused by the sun. But they can make your face and hands look older than they need to.

Another unsightly mark is the lumpy age warts. Their technical name is ‘seborrhoeic keratosis’. Other names are ‘senile wart’ or even ‘barnacles’. Whatever the name, they’re ugly and along with ‘liver spots’ are one of the most common reasons for people seeking cosmetic treatments.

Outcomes & Expectations

Using a form of laser treatment or an intense pulsed light (IPL), it is possible to remove or reduce the appearance of many of these marks. A laser can also be used to remove other blemishes such as annoying skin tags that tend to grow around the neck and on the trunk. The treatments are quick, easy and well tolerated without the need for surgery, stitches or time off.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does it hurt?

What you feel during the treatment depends upon what type of lesion is being treated and where it is on your body. Most people tolerate the treatments very easily without the need for any modifications.

How many treatments will I need?

Most lesions only require 1 or 2 treatments, although larger lesions may require more treatments.

Can laser remove any marks?

One of the most important things is to have your skin assessed by a doctor first. There are some marks, such as some skin cancers, that must not be treated by laser. These can sometimes be difficult to diagnose, so it is important that you see someone who is experienced at diagnosing and treating skin cancers. The doctors at Cairns Skin Centre are all members of the Skin Cancer College of Australian and New Zealand so you can get a professional opinion before your treatment starts.