Skin damage is caused mostly by the process of ageing and excessive, long-term sun exposure, which are the two main reasons for the appearance of actinic keratoses as well. Actinic keratosis or seborrheic keratosis is a rough, scaly patch that develops due to the skin’s incapacity to repair sun-damaged cells, on the face, neck, ears, forearms or anywhere else on the body where the skin is most exposed to the harmful UV radiations.

Renew Skin & Health Clinic ensures safe, effective and painless actinic keratosis minor surgery treatments which are performed by our fully qualified practitioners and consultant surgeons with years of experience in the field and verifiable portfolios of results. Although the actinic or seborrheic keratoses are usually harmless, asymptomatic skin lesions, due to the harmful impact of the UV radiations they can suffer alterations at a cellular level and develop malignant characteristics, being in some rare situations the triggering cause of a type of skin cancer, namely the squamous cell carcinoma or SCC.

When the actinic keratosis start to present symptoms such as itchiness, bleeding, or start to form lumps, you should immediately see a specialist for a thorough examination. Our GP can ensure this visual skin examination, and if the lesions look suspicious, you will be further referred to a specialist or private dermatologist and may have to undergo a biopsy procedure to rule out any other skin condition that may look like the actinic keratosis.

For an effective removal of the suspicious actinic keratosis, total surgical excision is recommended; if the lesions are benign, a type of shave biopsy-like procedure will be applied. Both types of minor surgery procedures are carried out under local anesthetic, so you will feel no pain or discomfort whatsoever. The total surgical excision will require stitches, however, due to our specialists’ expertise, the scarring that remains will be minimal.

Similar minor surgery techniques can be used to treat the symptoms of dermatosis papulosa nigra, or DPN. Dermatosis papulosa nigra is a non-cancerous skin condition that is characterized by the appearance of dark facial skin lesions and is very common in men of African and Asian heritage. While this particular skin issue is not considered a threat for the patients who present it, due to the fact that it does not cause any physical discomfort and does not affect the normal functioning of the human body, many still choose to remove the unaesthetic skin protrusions due to cosmetic reasons. Utilizing minor surgery as a means of dermatosis papulosa nigra removal at Renew Skin & Health Clinic will improve your appearance while minimizing the chances of infection or scarring. 

If you’re dealing with actinic keratosis and they become problematic do not hesitate to contact us at our Renew Skin & Health Clinic headquarters and schedule a consultation with one of our GPs or private dermatologists. Your medical history and current health condition will also be assessed during the consultation so possible risks and complications of the actinic keratosis or dermatosis papulosa nigra removal are prevented. For more contact information, please access our Contact Page, here!