What is Seborrheic Keratosis?
Seborrheic keratoses are common, noncancerous skin growths seen in older adults, particularly in people of fair skin. They appear as brown, black or light tan growths anywhere on the body, can be slightly elevated, and are usually painless. Although seborrheic keratoses are not cancerous and require no treatment, they can have the appearance of skin cancer, particularly melanoma. Patients with seborrheic keratosis are commonly referred to dermatologists for assessment.
Given their protuberant nature, they can become irritated by skin, jewellery or clothing rubbing on them, in which case, they can be removed. As they are not very attractive when located in visual or exposed areas, in many cases patients wish to have them removed for cosmetic reasons.
How Are Seborrheic Keratoses Removed?
Seborrheic keratoses can be safely and effectively removed using a variety of minimally invasive destructive treatment modalities, such as cryotherapy or curettage, by a dermatologist. Laser therapy is also available for cosmetic treatment of these lesions when appearance of the treated area is a greater priority after the removal.
At Art of SKIN Dermatology, Laser and Cosmetic Surgery, we prefer to use a carbon dioxide (Co2) laser because of its effectiveness and excellence in cosmetic appearance post treatment. Co2 laser is our treatment of choice for several other different types of benign skin lesions, such as, stucco keratosis, syringomas, sebaceous hyperplasia, verruca, and moles, to name a few.
To learn more about using the CO2 laser to remove pigmented lesions such as Moles and Seborrheic Keratoses, click here.
Visit Art of SKIN Dermatology, Laser and Cosmetic Surgery for a consultation regarding the cosmetic removal of your seborrheic keratoses and other benign skin growths.