What is Seborrheic Keratosis?

As we age, there are a number of skin changes that can take place.  Discolorations, wrinkles, and growths become more commonplace, and determining which of these are cause for concern can be difficult.  Among the more common of these new growths are those known as seborrheic keratosis.  These dark spots may grow quickly, but rest assured that they are benign and pose no health risk.

Due to their size and color, seborrheic keratosis can be confused with some other common skin concerns such as moles, warts, and even the very frightening melanoma.  With a quick examination to look for identifying features such as thickness and a rough, warty texture, your dermatologist can easily determine the nature of these growths.

Seborrheic Keratosis Removal

While these particular growths are benign and can appear anywhere on the body, some patients find them unsightly or are bothered by irritation of the lesion and would like to have them removed.  Common removal options for seborrheic keratosis include cryotherapy, ED&C, or laser treatment.

Learn More about Seborrheic Keratosis

Any mark on the skin that concerns you should be immediately evaluated by your dermatologist.  Only a physician can determine if your lesion truly is benign.  Because patients often confuse seborrheic keratosis with moles, or worse, melanoma, accurate diagnosis is crucial to ensure health.  If you have a worrisome skin growth, contact our office to schedule a consultation and treatment with a board-certified Baton Rouge dermatologist or Lafayette dermatologist.