Seborrheic keratosis is a very common skin condition found in older adults. This condition is not cancerous and usually is nothing to be concerned about. The skin condition appears on the skin as a hard, waxy and scabby growth that is brown or black in color. It can grow and develop in any area on your body from your face and arms to your back and feet. It’s more common to get a few growths in one area.
Seborrheic keratoses are normally painless and require no treatment. You may decide, however, to have them removed if they become irritated by clothing or for cosmetic reasons.
In most instances the Seborrheic keratosis is not treated because it doesn’t hurt or develop into further illnesses, many just live with it. Others find that the Seborrheic keratosis growth can develop in unsightly areas like face, chest or genital areas. Some cases the condition develops in areas where clothes or things regularly come in contact with them. That can cause them to become inflamed and bleed and in some extreme cases become infected if not immediately dressed. In those instances, people like to see options in how to remove the Seborrheic keratosis.
The risks of getting Seborrheic keratosis are present in families that have history of these growths developing on the body and older adults over the age of 40 years old.
While many are happy to develop their investigation of this issue with a family doctor others feel that a dermatologist is best suited to handle an examination and treatment of the skin disease.
With a dermatologist who has experience with Seborrheic keratosis the examination and further treatment can be far quicker and effective than with a family doctor. Irt is really a dermatological issue and a dermatologist can give you considering information and advice as how best to deal with this problem.
In a case where your doctor or dermatologist does consider that treatment is appropriate there are a number of treatments that can remove your Seborrheic keratosis growths.
Freezing with liquid nitrogen (cryosurgery)
This process uses Cryosurgery and can an effective way to remove the growth by freezing the seborrheic keratoses. This treatment is only suitable for bigger growths o the skin and a small side effect is that it can cause the skin to tighten.
Scraping the skin’s surface with a special instrument (curettage)
Curettage can be complimented with cryosurgery as an effective treatment for seborrheic keratoses and joined by electrocautery.
Burning with an electric current (electrocautery)
This process also uses curettage. The electrocautery treatment can be very effective to remove the growths but can leave scaring if not done by a competent dermatologist or physician.
Vaporizing the growth with a laser (ablation)
This can be a quick and effective treatment to remove the skin condition from the troubled area. There is an option to add pigment to area to help the process by concentrating the light and increasing the effectiveness of the laser treatment.