Cutaneous, sebaceous or keratin horns are skin protrusions or skin tumors without a well-defined cause, but appearing in association with other skin conditions that are both benign and premalignant or malignant, hence requiring specialized assessment. People suffering from sebaceous horns first of all request removal due to their highly unaesthetic appearance, especially in the most visible places such as the face, ears or back of the hands, which are also the areas that are most exposed to the harmful sun radiations.
Formed of keratin build-ups, cutaneous horns generally manifest in older, fair-skin individuals due to prolonged sun exposure. These skin growths are usually asymptomatic but due to their shape and size, which can vary from a few millimeters to a few centimeters, they can be easily traumatized and develop symptoms such as irritation, redness and pain. Be especially careful when the base of the cutaneous horn causes constant discomfort as this may be a sign of malignancy.
Depending on the type of keratin horns, at Renew Skin & Health Clinic you can undergo different specialized cutaneous horns removal treatments. Our doctor specialist recommends the non-surgical radiosurgery and cryosurgery for benign sebaceous or cutaneous horns and the surgical excision for premalignant or malignant ones, with the specialized follow-ups to eliminate any possibility for the formerly removed skin growth to recur or cause any other damage to your health.
Of course that no cutaneous horns removal treatment is performed without a prior specialized consultation, which may also include a biopsy to determine whether the suspicious protrusion is premalignant or malignant and an accurate diagnosis can be set. Depending on that diagnosis, our specialists will recommend you the cutaneous horns removal treatment that will best suit your needs.
Cryosurgery is a non-surgical procedure that uses liquid nitrogen to freeze and destroy the keratin build-up, destroying the lesion at a skin level and is recommended for smaller sebaceous horns removal. Radiosurgery uses electrodessication that instantly destroys the cells of the cutaneous horn from within, simultaneously cauterizing the skin, so there is no bleeding involved, the procedure also preventing future infections from occurring in the treated area. Radiosurgery is also recommend for harmless cutaneous horns removal, as it eliminates them at a skin level, without causing any damage to the adjacent tissues.
Surgical excision, on the other hand, is recommended by our specialists at Renew Skin & Health Clinic for premalignant or malignant sebaceous horns removal, as the surrounding tissues will also be eliminated to prevent the spread of the malignant cells. The tissues extracted will also be sent for further examination to determine de degree of severity of the cutaneous horn.