Seborrheic Warts / Keratosis Removal
A good cosmetic outcome using minor surgical procedures
How do dermatologists diagnose Seborrheic Keratosis?
In most cases, a dermatologist can tell if your skin growth is a Seborrheic Keratosis by looking at it. Sometimes a Seborrheic Keratosis can look like a skin cancer. If it does, the dermatologist will remove the growth so that it can be looked at under a microscope. This is the only way to tell for sure whether a growth is skin cancer.
How do dermatologists treat Seborrheic Keratosis?
Because Seborrheic Keratosis are harmless, they most often do not need treatment. A dermatologist may remove a Seborrheic Keratosis when it is:
- Hard to distinguish from skin cancer.
- Large or gets easily irritated when clothes or jewelry rub against it.
- Unsightly to a patient.
If your dermatologist does a biopsy, the doctor will likely shave off the growth with a scalpel or scrape it off.
Treatments for Seborrheic Keratosis:
Cryosurgery: The dermatologist applies liquid nitrogen, a very cold liquid, to the growth with a cotton swab or spray gun. This freezes the growth. The Seborrheic Keratosis tends to fall off within days. Sometimes a blister forms under the Seborrheic Keratosis and dries into a scab-like crust. The crust will fall off.