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 is usually waxy and scaly. They almost feel 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.
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.
Risk factors for this condition include:
Sings and Symptoms
A seborrheic keratosis usually looks like a wart-like growth. Generally, multiple of them appear together, although you might develop a single growth in some rare cases.
They are round or oval in shape and are not more than 1″ (2.5 cm) in size. In some cases, they might itch.
You can also opt 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.
A dermatologist often diagnoses seborrheic keratosis by physical examination. If doctors suspect melanoma, they may extract the part and send it to a skin biopsy.
Treatment Options at 7DMC
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.
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.
Consult with our 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.
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, it might be concerning.
When they rub against your clothing, it might irritate you. If it persists, then seek medical advice. If there are any sores or any other growth accompanying these that don’t heal and bleed, these might be skin cancer signs. So, book an appointment with a skin clinic and act accordingly.
Doctors suggest not to self-diagnose or remove skin growths on their own. You can be wrong about the diagnosis. The growth can be serious, and self-removal can cause lesions or infections.
Seborrheic keratosis often appears on the back or chest. However, they can appear on other parts too. It grows slowly and rarely goes away on its own.