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Seborrheic Keratoses in Midland, TX

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What Are Seborrheic Keratoses?

Seborrheic keratoses are a type of skin growth most commonly found in individuals over the age of 30. These lesions are benign (noncancerous) and don't present any other health risks, but they can be unsightly or awkward. The skin growths vary in color, are typically oblong-shaped, and are often raised, taking the scaly appearance of a mole or wart. They can appear anywhere on the body but generally show up on the back, shoulders, or chest. Having many skin growths is not uncommon. The growths can vary in size from tiny to moderate. It's possible to have basal cell carcinoma and seborrheic keratoses at precisely the same location on your skin. Therefore, examination by a professional is strongly advised. The team at Basin Dermatology & Cosmetic Center is well-versed in a wide range of medical skin conditions and offers comprehensive skin exams and treatments to eliminate seborrheic keratoses. Contact our dermatology office in Midland, TX to schedule a consultation and learn more.

How Are Seborrheic Keratoses Diagnosed and Treated?

The primary cause of seborrheic keratoses is unknown, though they tend to be hereditary. They usually don't create any symptoms, though they can be aggravated by friction (from clothes) or other kinds of abrasion (like puncturing, scratching, or scraping). Generally, a seborrheic keratosis will resemble a mole or wart growing on the chest, shoulders, face, or back, though they have a few defining characteristics. A seborrheic keratosis:

  • May vary in color, generally from pale tan to black or brown
  • Has a round or oval shape
  • Features a characteristic "glued-on" look
  • Is flat or slightly elevated with a scaly surface
  • Ranges in size, from quite small to more than one inch (2.5 centimeters) around
  • Can itch

Basin Dermatology & Cosmetic Center offers a selection of seborrheic keratoses treatments if the growths become bothersome or cause embarrassment. Common treatment options include:

  • Cryosurgery: Freezing the growth using liquid nitrogen
  • Shave excision: Removes flat growths by scraping or cutting them out

It's common for the skin to see a bit of discoloration following the removal of seborrheic keratoses, but this effect should fade over time, especially with adequate care. Please note that even after a growth is removed, it is possible for a new lesion to develop in the future.

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Expert Care for Your Skin

Though seborrheic keratoses are typically not a major health concern, it is always a good idea to consult a dermatologist when you notice any new or irregular developments in your skin. The specialists at Basin Dermatology & Cosmetic Center will assess your skin and help guide you in the right direction for treatment. Our dedicated medical staff strives to provide the highest quality of care for your skin health. We invite you to stop by for an evaluation at our facility in Midland, TX. A quick and simple screening may relieve your anxiety and set you on track toward clearer skin.

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