Seborrheic keratoses

Treat seborrheic keratosis

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What are seborrheic keratoses and how do they develop?

Seborrheic keratoses are benign skin growths that generally appear as dark or brown patches on the skin.

They can appear on any part of the body, but tend to appear on areas exposed to the sun, such as the face, neck, shoulders, and back.

These skin changes are very common and occur particularly in middle-aged and older people. Although they are mostly harmless, they can be bothersome, such as rubbing and snagging on clothing.

The exact cause of seborrheic keratoses is not known, however they are associated with aging and exposure to ultraviolet light. There is also evidence that they may be genetic.

The occurrence of skin disorders with increasing age is generally an indication that metabolic processes contribute to the appearance of keratoses - in this sense, if these skin disorders occur severely, it is advisable to consult a holistic therapist in order to identify the possible causes and factors with an individual diagnosis to be found, which may also affect other areas of the body.

These factors could include diet, intestinal flora, stress, supply of omega-3 fatty acids or exposure to environmental toxins.

Seborrheic keratosis treatment

Conventional methods for treating keratoses

Seborrheic keratosis removal

The surgical excision is a common approach to treating seborrheic keratoses. This procedure is usually performed by a dermatologist or a plastic surgeon and involves completely removing the affected area of ​​skin with a scalpel or special scissors.

Side effects of surgical excision of seborrheic keratoses can include pain, bleeding, infection, and scarring. It is important to keep the wound clean and dry and to follow the doctor's instructions for wound care closely to minimize the risk of complications.

Remove seborrheic keratosis

The laser treatment is an alternative method for removing seborrheic keratoses. A special laser beam is aimed at the affected area of ​​skin in order to destroy the affected cells in a targeted manner. Laser treatment is more suitable for small, flat seborrheic keratoses.

Possible side effects of laser treatment can include pain, redness, swelling or blistering. In rare cases, pigment changes or scarring can also occur. Before treatment, the doctor should discuss the individual risks and possible complications with the patient.

Treat seborrheic keratosis

Seborrheic keratoses can also be treated with Trichloroacetic Acid (TCA) be treated. The acid causes coagulative necrosis of the epidermal cells, causing the affected layer of skin to shed and a crust to form. After a few days, the crust will fall off, leaving a pink or light brown skin that will return to normal over time.

However, the side effects are similar to other methods, such as redness, pain, itching or skin irritation. It's also possible for the affected area to temporarily darken or have a pigment shift, but this rarely happens. A possible complication is scarring, which can be caused by incorrect application or by the acid penetrating too deeply into the skin.

Treatment of keratoses with phlebolysis

Treatment with phlebolysis enables effective and gentle treatment of skin disorders - especially seborrheic keratoses. The applicator of the device is used to remove the slightly raised, pigmented or scabbed layer of keratosis tangentially from the skin surface. At the same time, the fine blood vessels of the keratosis are destroyed by electrolysis and radiofrequency, so that the body is stimulated to form new healthy and scar-free tissue under the keratosis.

Despite the sclerosing of the blood vessels, the tool remains cold - so no burns can occur. Since the nutrient supply is interrupted due to the sclerosing of the blood vessels, the damaged tissue is not rebuilt. Instead, the body begins repairing the surrounding tissue and prepares for the process of rejection.

From the ongoing user study, we can observe that a crust forms after the treatment, which falls off within 5-10 days. The remaining reddening of the skin disorder usually fades completely in the following weeks. The process requires manual know-how, which is conveyed in a training course, in order to achieve the best results.

No other side effects are known and the treatment is described by patients as having little pain. Anesthesia is not required as patients only feel a slight "pinching" or burning sensation, which patients can usually tolerate very well.

 

Images from ongoing user study. Single case report of a patient with seborrheic keratosis on the right side of the neck.

Picture 1 from July 08.07.2018th, XNUMX, Picture 2 from July 18.07.2018, XNUMX.

No conclusions can be drawn about the success of other treatments from this individual treatment case.

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