Flat, brownish skin discolorations (solar lentigines) found primarily on the face, hands and arms are called age spots, sun spots and sometimes liver spots. Although they have nothing to do with the liver, the name probably comes from their color and liver-shaped appearance.
- vary in size from one-eighth of an inch to several inches
- are the result of accumulated sun damage
- generally show up on skin after age 40
- are often blamed for giving away a person's age
- are not harmful, nor likely to become malignant.
If what you assume is a liver spot grows or changes, see your doctor.