Seborrheic Keratosis Removal
Seborrheic keratoses are extremely common harmless surface growths, which appear dark and warty. Because these are harmless, they are not covered by insurance. The removal of these lesions can be frustrating. They can require multiple treatments and can recur. They tend to occur in areas of sun damage and friction. Since the best method for removal is freezing, the most common side effect is a flat brownish pink mark which can take a long time to fade. Occasionally these discolorations may be permanent. This can be particularly prominent in darker skin types. If the desired effect is to flatten out raised crusty lesions, most people are satisfied. It is unrealistic to expect that removal will result in completely normally colored skin with no evidence of any prior lesion. Large crusted lesions or lesions in areas of friction also frequently recur. These may also be cauterized or cut, but these methods are more painful, so when there is a large number of large lesions, these methods are not optimal. If there are lesions that are particularly irritating, or cosmetically bothersome it may be worth removing them. In general large scale removal is a process which requires patience and realistic expectations, but is generally discouraged.