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Liver Spots

The Dermatology Unit provides specialist treatment for skin conditions such as liver spots. Liver spots are little dark spots that can be mistaken for freckles. They are darker than your natural skin tone and may be raised and slightly bumpy.

What causes liver spots?

Liver spots are effectively patches of skin that have been damaged by exposure to the ultraviolet rays of the sun and usually appear on the face, hands, arms, shoulders and the scalp if you are bald.

The sun causes the body’s natural pigment-making cells to over produce melanin in one spot creating a darkened patch of skin over a number of years. Liver spots tend to increase with age as the skin struggles to repair the damage of ultraviolet light.

Freckles are smaller than liver spots and can be inherited while, liver spots appear on anyone. They were called liver spots because of a believed connection to the health of the liver but that theory has been disproved.

The best way to avoid liver spots is to cover up and stay out of the sun, particularly between 10 am and 1pm when its rays are at their strongest.

Treatment

Liver spots can be treated with a range of techniques including carefully applied chemical peels, which are safe and effective as they use a solution that causes the top layer of skin to separate and peel off, leaving newer skin with a better tone and colour.

Contact us

If you would like to know more about our liver spots treatment then contact us today by phone on 0203 370 1026 or email dermatologyunit@hje.org.uk.

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Our London-based Dermatology Unit is led by the UK’s top dermatology specialists. We offer consultation, diagnosis and treatment of all types of skin conditions in clean, comfortable surroundings.

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Patient information

Our Hospital is renowned for providing exemplary levels of care across more than 90 services. From orthopaedics, to urology, ENT, as well as a private GP practice and our urgent care centre, Casualty First, our services are led by some of London’s leading Consultants. For more information, and to find a service suitable for your care, find out more about the services that we offer.

Make an enquiry

If you have any questions relating to treatment options or pricing information then get in touch with us by filling out one of our contact boxes or giving us a call on 0203 370 1026.

Our Appointments Team have a dedicated and caring approach to finding you the earliest appointment possible with the best specialist.

 If you are self-paying you don’t need a referral from your GP for a consultation. You can simply refer yourself* and book an appointment.

If you have medical insurance (e.g. Bupa, Axa PPP, Aviva), you will need to contact your insurer to get authorisation for any treatment and, in most cases, you will require a referral letter from your GP.

If you do not have a GP, then we have an in-house private GP practice that you can use. Alternatively we can suggest the most appropriate course of action for you to take, given your location and individual circumstance.

*Please note – for investigations such as X-rays and MRI’s a referral will be required. However, we may be able to arrange this for you through our on-site private GP.

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