Ageing and a long-term, excessive sun exposure can cause the appearance of many skin lesions such as actinic or seborrheic keratosis. These scaly, rough patches of skin usually appear in people of 60 and over due to a prolonged, unprotected exposure to the harmful UV radiations. They are actually a sign of the skin's incapacity to repair sun-damaged cells, which over the years can suffer alterations and sometimes be the cause of a type of skin cancer, called squamous cell carcinoma or SCC. Although asymptomatic, actinic keratosis may present itching sensations, accumulate in lumps, bleed or increase in size rapidly over a short period of time. When you notice such changes, you should immediately see a doctor or a private dermatologist to have them examined.
Renew Skin & Health Clinic is a right place to do this, even if you are coming from Coventry, as our specialists here are fully qualified and we even collaborate with consultant surgeons with years of experience in the field of dermatology and plastic surgery. Although the actinic or seborrheic keratosis may appear anywhere on the body, they mostly manifest in sun exposed areas such as the face, ears, neck and forearms and hands. If the GP finds the lesions suspicious, you will be further referred to one of our private dermatologists who may recommend you a skin biopsy, so that the actinic keratosis can be removed and a sample sent for pathological analysis, so a correct diagnosis can be set and thus, an appropriate treatment prescribed for you to follow if it’s the case.
The minor surgical procedure is performed either using the shave biopsy, which removes the actinic keratosis at the skin level – this is the case of unsuspicious, still unaesthetic skin lesions, while the complete extraction, or through incisional cutting (incisional biopsy) which will require stitches and will leave a minimal scar. Both minor surgery procedures are carried out under local anesthetic, so are painless and quick, such surgery usually lasting for maximum half an hour. Cryotherapy may also be used, but this strictly depends on the GP’s or private dermatologist’s recommendation.
Minor surgery is also a safe means of dermatosis papulosa nigra removal, or DPN treatment. Dermatosis papulosa nigra is a benign skin condition that is especially common among men of African descent and is characterized by the appearance of a number of dark facial skin lesions. While this skin condition does not pose a serious medical threat for the patient, since it does not affect any of the main functions of the body, many choose to remove the unaesthetic skin protrusions due to cosmetic reasons. Choosing minor surgery for dermatosis papulosa nigra removal in Coventry can considerably enhance your appearance and remove any skin imperfections without exposing you to any serious medical risk.
Schedule a consultation at our Renew Skin & Health Clinic headquarters even if you are from Coventry, to efficiently, painlessly and safely get rid of the unaesthetic actinic or seborrheic keratosis that cause you so much distress! For more contact or consultation booking information, please click here!