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Actinic Keratosis Treatment and Skin Cancer Screening With Dermatology and Skin Health

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Safe and Effective Removal of Actinic Keratosis With DSH

Actinic keratosis is a skin condition that may seem benign - especially when compared to its closest relative, seborrheic keratosis - but this condition can quickly develop into skin cancer if not detected early. We advise our patients to get an actinic keratosis lesion tested and diagnosed immediately, especially if there are multiple actinic keratoses in the area.

This skin lesion doesn't just make the affected area look ugly - while not a guarantee, it can quickly develop into a precancerous lesion if you don't get treatment. As it can quickly develop in damaged skin cells, it's important to get started on the different treatment options you have to remove the damaged cells and heal the damaged skin.

Why Consider Actinic Keratosis Removal

A patient with actinic keratosis may not always know that they have this skin condition until it's too late. While it's easy to think that it's just a cosmetic concern that simply detracts from your appearance, actinic keratosis can develop into extremely difficult to manage skin conditions if left untreated.

In particular, actinic keratosis can turn into a type of skin cancer called squamous cell carcinoma. But while this type of skin cancer rarely spreads to other parts of your body, the affected skin needs to be treated as soon as possible to avoid any serious symptoms or complications from happening.

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Am I At Risk for Actinic Keratosis?

While actinic keratosis can affect anyone, there are some factors that will make you more likely to develop this skin condition:

Fair Skin

If you have fair skin, you're far more likely to develop actinic keratosis. Since these skin conditions are triggered by how much melanin you have in your skin - the pigment that gives it color - the lighter your skin tone is, the more you're at risk.

Excessive Sun Exposure

UV radiation from sun exposure is one of the leading causes of damaged skin, with the damaged cells malfunctioning and turning into skin growths. If you've had a lot of unprotected sun exposure and receive sun damage from your environment, you're more likely to get actinic keratosis.

Weakened Immune System

A patient who's undergoing immunotherapy treatment for cancer or who has a compromised immune system can also develop actinic keratosis. This is because the normal processes that get rid of mutated skin cells malfunction, which allows them to develop and spread on your skin.

Different Procedures for Actinic Keratosis Treatment

Once you've had a proper skin biopsy and an official diagnosis for your actinic keratosis, there are several different treatments that your dermatologist may use to remove the skin growth:

  • Cryotherapy/cryosurgery: Using liquid nitrogen, your growths are frozen and blistered for easier removal. After a few days, they'll simply peel or fall off the skin.
  • Surgical excision: Using a surgical knife, your dermatologist carefully removes the growth and some of the surrounding skin in the area. The affected area is stitched together.
  • Chemical peels: By using chemicals to destroy the top layers of your skin, this treatment can dissolve and remove any skin growths. The remaining, newly-exposed skin will be blemish-free.
  • Photodynamic therapy: This non-invasive option uses light energy to react with injected medication to target damaged skin. This light causes a chemical reaction that destroys your skin growths.

Depending on the severity of your actinic keratosis, your provider may recommend one or more treatments to manage your symptoms. In some cases, a combination of treatments may be required.

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Why Trust Dermatology and Skin Health for Actinic Keratosis Treatments

Dermatology and Skin Health has a long history of working closely with our clients to provide them the best experience and care. For long-term concerns like skin health, it's important for us to establish ourselves as a reliable healthcare partner for your treatments.

  • Patient-centric care: We believe that the comfort of our patients should never be sacrificed for results, which is why we work on both in equal measure. We take your personal circumstances and needs during your treatment, which allow us to give you better results.
  • Accessible at all times: The best way to head off conditions like actinic keratosis from getting worse is to get treatment immediately. For us, on-demand skin care is a point of pride, and something we make available to anyone with our trained staff and five different locations.
  • The latest in skincare innovation: By making sure we have the best equipment, tools, and products, our facilities can give our patients different treatment options and the best outcomes possible. We keep pace with the latest developments in medical technology and incorporate them into our treatments.

Frequently Asked Questions About Actinic Keratosis Treatments

Q: What can I expect from at-home treatments for actinic keratosis?

A: Topical therapy like fluorouracil, ingenol mebutate, and diclofenac have all shown efficient results at treating outbreaks of actinic keratosis. However, we advise all patients to still go in-clinic to get a proper diagnosis and checkup, and to only use topical medication on the prescription of a medical provider.

Q: What can I expect during treatments?

A: How your treatments will go will generally depend on the procedure your provider will use to remove your actinic keratoses. However, one thing you can expect is a thorough consultation and monitoring before and after your treatments to ensure that no adverse complications happen.

Q: What can I expect for results?

A: Done properly, medical actinic keratosis removal has high success rates and patient satisfaction. You may need to use a topical treatment or topical cream to help your skin heal faster after your procedure, but your downtime shouldn’t last very long. For more information, consult your provider.

Q: What can I expect for long-term management of my condition?

A: Actinic keratosis may be completely gone from the affected area anywhere from a few weeks to a few months after your treatment. To make sure that your particular treatment option has worked, we advise that you go for regular checkups to get a clearer idea of your condition.

Q: What can I expect for the costs of my treatment?

A: Actinic keratosis removal is classified as a medical treatment and is covered by Medicare and most insurance companies. However, any products that you may take after the treatment like topical medication can be subject to the terms and conditions of your insurance plan, and may not be automatically covered.

Schedule a Consultation in Seacoast, NH, or North Shore, MA

If you have any questions about actinic keratosis, seborrheic keratosis, or the best treatment options for your skin health, schedule a consultation with us today. We have a variety of treatments and services that can help you look and feel like yourself again. To get started, schedule your consultation online, or give us a call at (603) 742-5556 (Dover & Newington), (978) 525-0100 (Peabody), (603) 965-3551 (Londonderry), (603) 742-5556 (Bedford).

Schedule Your Consultation Now at Dermatology & Skin Health

At Dermatology & Skin Health, we offer world-class services done by award-winning doctors who have proven their knowledge and skills in this field. Start your journey towards achieving your best skin by contacting us today.


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