Actinic keratosis or sun spots, even age spots, are common skin lesions that appear due to ageing and long-term, excessive sun exposure, in UK 1 of 4 people in their 60s present actinic keratosis. Although generally harmless, developing only when the skin is incapable of repairing the sun damaged cells, due to the harmful effects of the UV light, the actinic keratosis may develop alterations at a cellular structure, causing a type of skin cancer, called squamous cell carcinoma or SCC.
The actinic keratosis mostly appears on the face, neck, ears, forearms and hands, but can easily manifest on any part of the body that is more exposed to sunlight. They are usually rough or soft, scaly, can be skin-colored, pink or brown, raised or flat, wart-like or develop a small horn-like growth; but whatever the characteristics, when you observe it starts to grow rapidly in a short period of time, becomes itchy, grows into a lump, are tender or bleeding, you should immediately see a doctor for a correct diagnose.
Skin specialists and private dermatologists at Renew Skin & Health Clinic provide effective and accurate diagnosis for actinic keratosis and also ensure safe and painless removal treatments, surgical or non-surgical. However, if the skin keratosis still presents suspicious characteristics after the first examination, you will be further referred to one of our specialists or dermatologists, who may recommend you a biopsy, to rule out any possibilities of SCC and thus prevent complications.
The actinic or seborrheic keratosis may be removed, if it’s the case, through minor surgery, namely shave biopsy or incisional biopsy, the latter also providing a good sample for the extraction to be further send to a laboratory for analysis and diagnosis. Both minor surgery procedures are performed under local anesthetic, so are painless but both will leave a minimal scar, the incisional biopsy requiring sutures.
Minor surgery can also be used to remove dermatosis papulosa nigra, also referred to as DPN. Dermatosis papulosa nigra is a non-cancerous skin condition that is characterized by the appearance of a number of dark facial skin lesions and is commonly encountered in men of African and Asian descent. This skin disorder is not considered a serious health threat, since it does not affect any of the body’s functions or produce any physical pain, though many opt to treat it in order to obtain a healthier and clearer skin. Minor surgery can be a very effective method of dermatosis papulosa nigra removal in Leicester, meaning that it can considerably improve your appearance while drastically limiting any risk of medical complications.
Even if you are from Leicester, you are most welcome to contact us at our Renew Skin & Health Clinic headquarters as here you can have your actinic or seborrheic keratosis removed efficiently, safely and painlessly. Moreover, our GP or private dermatologist will also analyze your medical history and assess your current health condition so that possible risks and complications are prevented and optimum results are achieved. For more contact information about booking a consultation, please click here!