It’s always wise to get any unusual skin changes, or changes in the appearance of moles, checked by a specialist. Find more information below on seborrhoeic keratoses, and treatments available at The Dermatology Clinic London.
Seborrhoeic keratoses are benign growths caused by a build-up of ordinary skin cells. They do not become malignant and are not infectious.
This skin condition affects more than a third of women and more than half of men in the UK. They are not hereditary, but a tendency to develop larger numbers of seborrhoeic keratoses can run in families. There is some suggestion that seborrhoeic keratoses are caused by sun exposure.
Anyone can be affected by seborrhoeic keratoses, but if you have darker skin they can appear as multiple small black or dark brown bumps, particularly on the neck or face. In this case it is referred to as dermatosis papulosa nigra.
Seborrhoeic keratoses range from pale brown through black in colour and have a rough surface.
Over time, seborrhoeic keratoses that first appeared small and flat can become larger and more raised. The size of the growths varies from smaller than one centimetre to several centimetres across. Seborrhoeic keratoses most commonly occur on the torso, but they can also appear on the neck and head. They usually look as though they are ‘stuck on’ to the skin’s surface.
Although they are far more common than skin cancers, seborrhoeic keratoses that are very dark in colour can resemble a melanoma. In this case it’s important to visit The Dermatology Clinic to get an accurate diagnosis from one of our experienced consultants.
Although seborrhoeic keratoses are harmless, many people choose to have them removed at The Dermatology Clinic. Reasons for this include:
Are your seborrhoeic keratoses becoming a nuisance? Do you feel self-conscious because of the appearance of seborrhoeic keratoses on your skin? No matter what your reason, our expert dermatologists are available to help you. Our excellent treatment options include:
In this instance, one of our trained dermatologists will freeze off the seborrhoeic keratoses using liquid nitrogen.
Using a small, spoon-like instrument, we can gently remove the growth under local anaesthetic.
Both of these interventions to remove a seborrhoeic keratosis can leave a mark on the skin. This is because despite being highly effective, these treatments can sometimes cause scarring or altered pigmentation.
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