Surgical Removal Of Keratosis

Keratin does not grow on skin, and once it does, it could be keratosis. Human fingernails, toenails and hair are mostly constituted of keratin. But if it grows on skin, it could cause thickness, lumping and wart like growths. Keratoses may come in many forms according to their source, actinic or solar keratosis, pilaric keratosis which resembles acne, hydrocarbon keratosis caused by certain chemical compounds and seborrheic keratosis. Actinic keratosis is the most inherent form of keratosis and we’ll discuss about its surgical treatment. Solar keratosis is another name for it. It usually occurs on skin areas that are most exposed to the sun, such as the face, neck and arms. People who have less melanin are at high chance of getting actinic keratosis. It could lead to cancer of the skin, and immediate treatment is a must.

Over exposure to the sun is one of the main causes of this kind of keratosis. It looks like a mole in color and in size. Keratosis grows thicker and a bit bigger while moles don’t. Once diagnosed with such keratosis, there are many treatments available. Treatments are for various levels of acuteness. Creams and gels are available for those with gentle case. The gel or cream would loosen and soften the affected area and it will be removed easily. Cryosurgery is a type of surgical treatment for keratosis.

Cryosurgery is the use of extreme temperatures-specifically coolness to destroy abnormal growths of cells or tissues. Liquid nitrogen or carbon dioxide snow are utilized in this kind of surgery.  It hardens the affected area more to make it easier to eliminate. It costs less, injures less and scars less. Cryosurgery could also affect nearby healthy tissues and some nerve tissues.

Another type of surgery is laser surgery. This type of surgery does not need the use of scalpel. Nonetheless it could be more expensive and more effort is needed. The good thing about laser surgery is that it heals quickly and the pain is less.

In case of tight budget, traditional surgery could also be chosen. Since keratosis does not penetrate deep within the skin, it could be removed on the skin surface by softening the affected part with a cream or gel, then, a dermatologist would do the rest of the surgical procedure. The pain you would feel would amount to the safety of your health.