This month, our blogs posts have focused on ways to treat common skin conditions, such as melasma and cherry angiomas. Continuing with that trend, today’s post will focus on how to treat the common, yet bothersome, skin condition known as Seborrheic Keratoses. Per the American Academy of Dermatology, “Seborrheic keratosis (seb-o-REE-ik care-uh-TOE-sis) is a common skin growth. It may look worrisome, but it is benign (not cancer). These growths often appear in middle-aged and older adults. Some people get just one. It is, however, more common to have many. They are not contagious.”
What causes Seborrheic Keratosis?
As with many skin conditions, the cause of seborrheic keratosis is unknown. However, the occurrence of this condition seems to run in families and be linked to sun exposure and estrogen replacement therapy. They are not contagious and rarely occur in children.
What are the symptoms of Seborrheic Keratosis?
Other than the palms and soles, seborrheic keratosis can develop anywhere on the body. They typically start as small, rough bumps that thicken and develop a wart-like surface over time. The spots have a wax-like appearance and can range in color from black to white, but are generally brown in color. They can range in size from very small to the size of a half-dollar. Other than seeing or feeling that they’re there when you touch the skin, they typically cause no pain or itching of the skin.
How can you treat Seborrheic Keratosis?
At DermaTouch RN, we use the Profactional Laser or 532nm Aura Laser. The laser burns and destroys the growth when an intense beam of light is directed onto the growth. Bleeding, healing time, and pain are all reduced with the use of a laser because the laser light sterilizes and seals as it cuts tissue. A topical anesthetic can be used to numb the area, though it often isn’t needed; it depends on the patient’s pain tolerance and size of the growth.
Why DermaTouch RN or a MedSpa vs. a Doctor’s office?
Often, MedSpas can treat the same skin conditions that Dermatologists treat, but at a fraction of the cost. Do your research to find a cost effective MedSpa, like DermaTouch RN that has years of experience treating the condition you need help with.
Contact DermaTouch RN today and let our decade of experience work for you. We’ll help you get rid of your seborrheic keratosis with positive results in no time.