Sun spots or actinic keratosis and seborrheic keratosis are common skin growths that appear as a result of ageing and long-term excessive sun exposure. These scaly skin patches are usually harmless, appearing due to the skin’s incapacity to repair the damage caused by the long-term sun exposure., however, there is a chance for the cells to develop abnormal properties and develop malignant dermatological characteristics, causing malignant melanoma or other type of skin cancer.
If you notice these actinic or seborrheic keratoses start to grow and form lumps, become rough and itchy, tender or start to bleed, you should immediately see a dermatologist, as these symptoms could indicate the development of skin cancer. People from Birmingham are welcome to Renew Skin & Health Clinic to undergo a skin examination performed by one of our GPs and if it’s the case, to be further referred to a private dermatologist for detailed analyze. You may also be required to have the actinic keratosis removed for a biopsy in order to rule out any malignant development.
Depending on the severity of the actinic or seborrheic keratosis, the GP or private dermatologist will be able to recommend the treatment that suits you best. Or, if it’s the case for imminent removal, you must know that Renew Skin & Health Clinic benefits from the latest medical technology and fully qualified practitioners that will help you get rid of these dermatological skin lesions in the safest and most comfortable way possible. There are three possible removal techniques that may be recommended by the specialist for an effective removal of actinic or seborrheic keratosis, namely cryotherapy, photodynamic therapy and minor surgery.
Cryotherapy consists in the freezing of the actinic keratosis with liquid nitrogen, and is usually recommended for the removal of small lesions, making it less likely to leave a scar, however in some situations, a pale mark may remain. The photodynamic therapy implies the scrapping off of the actinic or seborrheic keratosis and the application of a cream containing a chemical that only interacts with sun-damaged cells upon which a special light is applied to activate that chemical and destroy the sun-damaged melanocytes. Regarding the minor surgery removal procedure, the traditional incisional extraction is preferred, and although this will cause minimal scarring, it will provide a specimen that can be further sent for lab analysis, confirming or not if there are any signs of skin cancer.
Minor surgery can also be utilized to safely treat dermatosis papulosa nigra, or DPN. Dermatosis papulosa nigra is a benign skin condition that is characterized by the appearance of a multitude of dark facial skin lesions and is especially common in men of Asian and African descent. While it is not considered a medical threat, since it does not cause physical discomfort or affect the proper functioning of the body, many patients choose to remove the symptoms of the disease in order to obtain a healthier looking skin. Using minor surgery as a method of dermatosis papulosa nigra removal in Birmingham means that you can improve your appearance with very limited risk of noticeable scarring.
The use of kojic acid creams and skincare products during the 3 to 4 weeks prior to the laser skin therapy can considerably improve the quality of the final result. Increasing the intake of Vitamin C is also very beneficial for the long-term aspect of the skin. If the patient has had any issues relating to herpes outbreaks, then our team will recommend the he undergoes an antiviral treatment 6 days before the laser operation. At Renew Skin & Health Clinic, we ensure that a special treatment regime is established for each individual patient based on their medical background.
We invite you thus to contact us at our Renew Skin & Health Clinic headquarters even if you are from Birmingham to efficiently get rid of these unaesthetic and highly problematic skin lesions in a safe and painless way. Schedule a consultation for actinic keratosis removal or dematosis papulosa nigra removal at our cosmetic clinic and our GP will have your medical history and general health condition assessed to rule out any possible risks or complications and to provide you with optimum results!