Actinic keratosis, also known as solar keratosis, is a skin condition that develops after many years of skin damage from the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays. These growths are often elevated, resemble warts, and can be red, pink, tan, or flesh-toned. They also most commonly occurs in individuals with light skin and those between the ages of 60 and 69. Additionally, actinic keratosis often develops into the second most common form of skin cancer, squamous cell carcinoma.
Upon diagnosis, it is very important to remove an abnormal and potentially cancerous skin growth like actinic keratosis as soon as possible. The growth may appear on any skin surface exposed to the sun, more commonly on frequently exposed areas like the face, back of hands, neck, lips and chest.
Luckily, with the help of an experienced cosmetic surgeon, actinic keratosis can quickly be treated. The growth can be treated with cryosurgery, in which liquid nitrogen is applied to the abnormal skin mass. The super-cooled liquid nitrogen will then destroy the abnormal growth. Skin abnormalities that can be treated with cryotherapy include the following:
If you or a loved one has recently developed actinic keratosis or another kind of abnormal skin growth, our dedicated cosmetic surgery team at Bergman Folkers Plastic Surgery is here to help. Our Des Moines-based team would love to meet with you. Contact us at (515) 222-1111 to set up a consultation with us today!