Clear Lake Dermatologists Serve Patients Requiring Seborrheic Keratoses Treatment in Webster, League City, Friendswood and Houston, TX
People sometimes notice unusual raised growths on their back, chest, and shoulders as they get older. These growths may be dark brown or black with a slightly waxy appearance. The surface of these lesions may be rough to the touch and often resemble warts. This condition is known as seborrheic keratosis and patients in Houston, League City, and the surrounding Bay Area can seek treatment at Clear Lake Dermatology.
Seborrheic keratosis is considered one of the most common forms of benign skin growths found in adults. These spots usually do not cause pain or discomfort, so treatment is not necessary. In cases where these skin growths are unsightly or become inflamed or irritated, they can easily be removed by our doctors. Removal should also be performed whenever an individual notices a change in the size or color of one of these growths.
Seborrheic Keratosis Treatment
Freezing, scraping, and burning are common ways of removing seborrheic keratosis, and a surgeon may also use a combination of these techniques to remove unwanted lesions. The procedure is performed by our doctors on an outpatient basis, with only a local anesthetic being necessary.
Seborrheic Keratosis Post-Treatment
After having seborrheic keratosis removed, patients should take care to keep the area clean and dry until the wound completely heals.
Although seborrheic keratosis is thought to be hereditary, determining who might develop it is not possible. These growths sometimes go away on their own even if surgery is not performed. Patients who undergo surgery to remove seborrheic keratosis usually find this permanently removes the growth, as it does not normally reappear in the same spot again. Even so, new instances of seborrheic keratosis can occur at any time.
Seborrheic keratosis rarely needs to be tested for cancer as these growths do not typically become malignant. Even so, it can give some patients peace of mind to do so, especially if they have a strong family history of skin cancer.