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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 Kurt Ayerst

Consultant Dermatologist

MBChB (UCT), MMED DERM (UP), FC DERM (SA)

BMI The Chaucer Hospital

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Dr Anand Patel

Consultant Dermatologist

BMedSci BMBS MRCP (UK) MRCP (Derm) JRCPTB (Mohs)

BMI The Park Hospital

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Mr Ali Soueid

Aesthetic Plastic Surgeon

FRCS(Plast), MSc Surg Sci, MRCS, MBBCh, BAO, NUI, LRCPI, LRCSI

BMI Hendon Hospital

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Dr Cristina Rodriguez-Garcia

Consultant Dermatologist

LMS, PhD

BMI The Chiltern Hospital

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Dr Sohail Mansoor

Consultant Dermatologist and Dermatological Surgeon

MBBS, DTM, DRCP Derm, MSc Derm, CSER Derm FRCP (London), DABAAM (USA)

BMI The Cavell Hospital 4 more BMI The Chiltern Hospital BMI The Clementine Churchill Hospital BMI Hendon Hospital BMI The Kings Oak Hospital

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