Treating Seborrheic Keratosis

Larry Jaeger treats patients suffering from seborrheic keratosis at Advanced Dermatology Associates in New York. He has over twenty-five plus years with a stellar track record of providing excellent treatments for all forms of dermatological diseases and disorders: Treating Seborrheic Keratosis.

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What is seborrheic keratosis?

According to Larry Jaeger, seborrheic keratosis is a very common harmless, usually pigmented, noncancerous growth on the skin. It usually appears as a pale, black or brown growth on the back, shoulders chest or face, but can appear anywhere on the skin.

Seborrheic keratoses are also known as basal cell papillomas or seborrheic warts.

The American Academy of Dermatology says that although seborrheic keratosis may look worrisome, it is benign – not a cancer.

They tend to appear from middle-age on wards. Some individuals may have just one, however, most people who have them have several.

Seborrheic keratosis is not contagious.

Treating Seborrheic Keratosis

What are the signs and symptoms of seborrheic keratosis?

Larry Jaeger reports that seborrheic keratoses may look like:

  • warts
  • moles
  • skin cancer
  • actinic keratoses – a rough, scaly patch that develops on the skin after years of sun exposure.

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However, they are different from the skin growths mentioned above. Seborrheic keratoses have a waxy look. They look as if they were pasted on the skin. Some may look like a blob of brown candle wax on the skin, while others have the appearance of the barnacles that stick to the legs of a pier.

Seborrheic keratoses:

  • usually start off as small, rough bumps, which gradually get thicker and develop a warty surface
  • have a waxy appearance, and look as I they have been stuck on the skin
  • are brown in color, but may be various shades between white and black
  • can range in size from tiny to over 1 inch (2.54 centimeters) across
  • may itch but are not painful

What are the causes of seborrheic keratosis?

Dermatologists are not completely sure why seborrheic keratoses develops.

  • Sunlight – as they most commonly appear in parts of the body that are more exposed to sunlight, many suggest that ultraviolet light may play a role.

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Diagnosing seborrheic keratosis

Larry Jaeger will diagnose seborrheic keratosis after a visual and physical examination.

  1. As the darker lesions may sometimes look like skin cancer (nodular melanoma), he may recommend taking a biopsy which will be examined under a microscope.
  2. If the seborrheic keratosis is on the skin and is very thin, it might be hard to rule out lentigo maligna (cancer cells that do not appear to have spread).

Treating Seborrheic Keratosis .

Removal of the growth may be recommended if:

  • It is hard to distinguish from skin cancer.
  • The patient does not like it and wants it removed.
  • It causes problems with clothing or jewelry (rubs against it).
  • On most occasions, if a biopsy is to be done, Advanced Dermatology Associates¬†will probably remove the seborrheic keratosis.

There are several ways of removing seborrheic keratosis:

  • Cryosurgery – liquid nitrogen is applied to the growth with a spray gun or cotton swab. The lesion instantly freezes and falls off in a few days. A blister may form when the growth falls off, it will eventually dry into a crust, which will fall off.
  • Electrocautery (electrosurgery) and/or curettage – an electric current is used to burn (cauterize) the growth. An anesthetic is administered to the area before the procedure begins. The doctor uses a curette, a scoop-shaped surgical instrument, to scrape off the burnt growth, this is called curettage.
  • Some patients may require just electrocautery, some curettage, and others both.
  • Ablation – this means vaporizing the growth with a laser.

Dr. Larry Jaeger of New York is an expert in the diagnosis and treatment of skin conditions and is board certified in dermatology surgery. Treating Seborrheic Keratosis.