Removal of Keratosis

Removal of Keratosis

Keratosis refers to the growth of keratin on your skin. It is marked by the appearance of horny tissues on your skin. Seborrheic keratosis is an extremely common non-cancerous skin growth condition that many people tend to get as they age.

They can be black, brown, or light tan and their texture are usually waxy and scaly. They almost feel like they are slightly raised and are usually seen in our back, neck, chest, and head.

Although they are not contagious and are pretty harmless even when left untreated, many people opt to remove them because of how unsightly they look.

Symptoms and Causes

Seborrheic keratosis usually looks like a wart-like growth. Generally, multiple of them appear together although in some rare cases, you might develop a single growth.

They are oval or round in shape and are not more than 1” (2.5 cm) in size. In some cases, they might itch.

Scientists are still researching as to what causes seborrheic keratosis, and as of now, it is believed that they run in some families. So, they might be genetic by nature. People are more likely to develop seborrheic keratosis after the age of 50.

When to Consult with a Doctor?

Seborrheic keratosis doesn’t need treatment but you might need to see a dermatologist if you see that there is a rapid growth in a short time. In addition, if they get too itchy or start bleeding, then it might be concerning as well.

When they rub against your clothing, it might irritate. If it persists, then seek medical advice. If there are any sores or any other growth accompanying these that don’t heal and bleed, then these might be signs of skin cancer. So, book an appointment with a skin clinic and act accordingly.

Treatment

It is advised not to pick, scratch, or rub seborrheic keratosis. Based on the severity of your condition, your doctor may recommend you one of several treatments for seborrheic keratosis.

You may be advised cryosurgery which is essentially freezing with liquid nitrogen. It effectively removes them but may not work on thicker growths that are raised from the skin. It might lead to discoloration of the treated skin. So, keep that in mind.

There is curettage which involves using a scalpel blade to remove them after numbing the area and electrocautery which works well for thicker lesions and involves using electric current but it may leave few scars.

You can also go for laser treatment for vaporizing the growth of seborrheic keratosis. Your doctor may also advise you to apply 40% hydrogen peroxide. This solution should be used with caution as it can cause eye damage if it comes in contact with your eyes.

How can 7DMC Help You?

The aesthetic and dermatology clinic of 7DMC is dedicated to addressing all of your skin issues, ranging from providing medication to treatment plans and operating invasive to non-invasive surgeries. Seborrheic keratosis is among the many skin ailments that dermatologists and skin experts of 7DMC are trained to handle.

So, speak with these doctors, let them examine you, and provide you with the best possible line of treatment so that you recover fast and well with minimal to no side effects. Your skin is extremely delicate and it needs the supervision of expert guidance. So, make sure to provide it with that with the help of 7DMC.