Summary of Actinic KeratosisActinic Keratosis (AKs) on your skin, is one of the most common skin conditions that dermatologists treat. It is estimated that more than 40 million Americans develop actinic keratoses (AKs) each year. Actinic Keratosis are precancerous skin growths which are very common outcomes of poor skin protection with sunscreen, clothing, and shade. With continuous misuse of SPF Actinic Keratosis can form later on in life. Many years of unprotected skin can unfortunately not be reversed, resulting in aging and damaged skin. Over the years, this damage builds up and can cause precancerous changes to your skin.
Treatment & Diagnosis of Actinic Keratosis
Actinic Keratosis is found during a Full Body Skin Exam, or a smaller area of concern may be evaluated by Dr. Adler during your appointment.
Treatment options would be determined by the severity of your AKs but they are usually recommended to prevent any changes to the AKs. These are some treatment options:
- Cryotherapy: A common treatment for AKs, this procedure can treat 1 or 2 AKs that you can clearly see. During cryotherapy, Dr. Adler destroys the AK by spraying it liquid nitrogen.
- Curettage: For thicker AKs Dr. Adler may first scrape the area from the skin, then follow with electrodissection to heat the area, and destroy any remaining AKs.
- Laser resurfacing: This may be a treatment option for actinic cheilitis, a precancerous growth on the lip. It works by removing the surface layer of the skin. After treatment, the skin will feel raw and sore. When it heals in 1 or 2 weeks, you see new, healthier skin. This may be done directly by Dr. Adler, you may require 1 or more treatments.
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