Actinic keratoses are the sign of long-term, excessively sun exposed and damaged skin, that due to ageing, cannot repair itself. Actinic or seborrheic keratosis is a scaly, rough patch that may appear on the face, ears, neck, torso and pretty much anywhere on the body, in the most exposed areas to the harmful UV radiations.

Actinic keratoses are usually noncancerous skin lesions that do not present any symptoms, however due to the UV radiations’ effect on melanocytes (pigmentation cells), certain alterations within the cells may occur, triggering malignant characteristics, in rare cases causing a type of skin cancer, namely the squamous cell carcinoma or SCC. If your actinic keratosis presents symptoms such as growing in lumps, becoming very itchy, painful, tender or bleed, you should immediately see a GP.

Our GP at Renew Skin & Health Clinic can ensure a thorough visual examination, and if the diagnose is uncertain, you may be further referred to a private dermatologist. If the actinic keratosis is suspicious, you may undergo a biopsy to determine a precise diagnosis and check the skin for cancer, by sending the extracted tissue sample to a pathologic lab for analysis.

Only after an accurate diagnosis, will we recommend you a treatment. But generally, in the case of actinic keratosis, the most indicated removal treatment is minor surgery. This minor surgery procedure implies the surgical removal of the entire lesion, preventing thus complications or recurrence. The closing of the wound will require stitches, but due to the expertise of our consultant plastic surgeons, the scar that remains will be minimal (the final aesthetic outcome also depends on each patient’s type of skin). If the actinic or seborrheic keratosis is smaller and does not look suspicious, it will be removed using the shave biopsy technique which implies scrapping of the skin lesions at the skin level, leaving only a whitish patch in its place.

The same minor surgery technique can be used for other forms of skin treatment, such as dermatosis papulosa nigra removal, or DPN removal in Rugby. Dermatosis papulosa nigra is a non-cancerous skin disorder that is commonly encountered in men of African or Asian descent and is characterized by the appearance of a number of dark facial skin lesions. While this skin condition is not dangerous for the patients who present it, since it causes no physical discomfort and does not affect his health condition, many still choose to remove the skin protrusions for cosmetic reasons. Opting for minor surgery as a means of dermatosis papulosa nigra removal can considerably improve your appearance without the risk of infection or noticeable scarring. 

Regardless of the minor surgery technique performed for the removal of the unsightly and problematic actinic keratosis, seborrheic keratosis or dermatosis papulosa nigra, our fully qualified dermatologists will try to ensure the results that will satisfy your expectations. Even if you are from Rugby, you can still benefit of our professional and quality medical and cosmetic services by simply contacting us to book a consultation at our Renew Skin & Health Clinic headquarters. For more contact data and information, access this link here!