Cost Of Treating Liver Spots

Skin blemishes can be a nuisance to your appearance if they appear in areas noticeable to others. Liver spots aka solar lentigo, are one such skin blemish. Light brown, red or black and measures 1/8 of an inch to 1 inch in diameter. These liver spots, though painless, may be costly to remove or can be treated with over the counter medicine.

Liver spots are mainly caused by the over exposure of the skin to the sun’s ultraviolet rays. This proves even more hazardous if a sunscreen is not used. Therefore the best way to avoid getting the blemishes is to take precaution or lessen the amount of time spent in the sun.

Over the counter medicines such as skin bleaching agents are inexpensive. For the average person this may be an excellent solution. Because of the low price, when the product is finished, the consumer is able to buy more. Although over time the cost may be higher, it is still beneficial to the consumer. They would not have had the upfront money to consider a more permanent solution.

Severe liver spots may need stronger medicines which can only be obtained through a prescription. The cost of this would be higher than that of the over the counter drug because the consumer would then have to see a doctor or a dermatologist.

Still, there are other solutions which might be more permanent.  Laser therapy destroys the melanin cells which causes the dark pigmentation of the liver spots. Laser treatments can cost a few hundred dollars to a few thousand dollars. Patients undergoing the treatment may not see the results until after a few months.

Electrosurgery is commonly used by dermatologist and plastic surgeons because of its precision to cut and limited blood loss. It is uses a high frequency electric current to cut or coagulate. Cost of this treatment is dependent on the size of the spot and may range from $200 to $500.

Dermabrasion as the word suggests, is the scraping of the skin. Even the thought of having someone scraping or sanding your face brings pain. The recovery period then, may be a few months as the new skin would take time to grow over the affected area. Treatment ranges from $1000 to $3000.

The cost of a chemical peel to remove liver spots will range from a few hundred dollars to as much as $5000. It just depends on if you are getting a superficial, medium or a deep peel. It involves using a chemical solution to smooth the texture of the skin by removing the affected outer layer.

We live in a world where image is everything. So, whatever treatment works for you and your pocket, the results can only be worth it.

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