Actinic Keratoses are precancerous skin lesions that may progress into squamous cell carcinomas. They usually occur in fair-skinned individuals after years of sun exposure. Typical actinic keratoses are characterized by rough dry lesions or patches that appear on sun-exposed areas of the skin, such as the shoulders, forehead, ears, neck, arms, hands, lower lip and bald scalps. The lesions may be red, pink, gray or skin color that are more easily felt than seen. Lesions often begin as flat, scaly areas and develop into a rough-textured surface.
Cryosurgery, which freezes off the growth using liquid nitrogen.
Surgical removal in which the doctor scrapes off the lesion and bleeding is stopped by electrocautery.
Chemical peels that cause the top layer of skin to peel off.
Photodynamic therapy in which a dye is applied that sensitizes the skin to light and the area is then exposed to light via a laser or other light source.
Topical Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDS) that cause a slow inflammation and peeling; used in more superficial cases.
Topical Chemotherapeutic agents (5 Fluorouracil, Aldara) can also be used.
There is no one treatment that works for all the lumps and bumps on our skin. Traditional methods for removing skin tags and bumps, such as liquid nitrogen and glycolic acid. Affiliated Dermatology’s highly-skilled team of medical professionals, along with our state-of-the-art technology and treatments, can remove and help heal skin bumps such as cysts, skin tags, and KP. We offer a variety of treatment options that smooth and eliminate skin bumps leaving you with smooth, clear skin.