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Keratosis Treatment

Keratosis can appear as dry and scaly spots of skin on your body. We look at what keratosis treatment involves.

Actinic keratosis, or solar keratosis, is a skin condition that develops with age and is primarily caused by long term sun exposure.

The condition presents with hard, dry, scaly spots of skin, usually on the scalp, face, backs of the hands and forearms.

Once your consultant dermatologist has made the diagnosis, there are a variety of creams you may be prescribed which can be effective in milder cases.

Thicker keratoses may be frozen off using a technique known as cryotherapy, which involves the use of liquid nitrogen.

If the keratosis has become extremely thickened and raised or if there is a suspicion that it may be turning cancerous surgery may be appropriate. The procedure may involve a biopsy to sample. The keratosis is removed with a surgical curette or cutting out with a scalpel.

Following the treatment, you should be able to return home half an hour after surgery. You are likely to be left with some scarring or discoloured skin, depending on the severity of the affected area.

Specialists Offering Keratosis Treatment

Dr Alison Layton

Consultant Dermatologist


BMI The Duchy Hospital

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Dr Vinod Elangasinghe

Consultant Dermatologist


BMI Thornbury Hospital

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Mr Michael Irwin

Consultant Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeon

MB BS, FRCS (Plast), diploma EBOPRAS 

BMI St Edmunds Hospital

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Mr Awwad Awwad

Consultant Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeon

MB, BCh(Hons), MSc, FRCS

BMI The Clementine Churchill Hospital 1 more BMI Syon Clinic

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Dr Colin Morton

Consultant Dermatologist

MBChB(Glasgow), MRCP(UK), MD(Glasgow), FRCP(UK)

BMI Kings Park Hospital

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Mr Satish Madhavarajan

General Surgeon

MBBS, BDS (London), FRSCEd (OMFS), MRCSEd, MS (General Surgery), Higher Diploma Craniomaxillofacial Trauma Surgery

BMI Goring Hall Hospital

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Ways to pay

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Pay for yourself with our fixed price packages. This includes your pre-assessment, treatment, follow-ups and 6 months' aftercare

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Pay for yourself with the BMI card and spread the cost over 12 months, interest-free (terms and conditions apply)

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