Seborrheic Keratosis Removal

What is a seborrheic keratosis?

A seborrheic keratosis is a benign skin growth that typically occurs as people age, often in areas of sun exposure. They are sometimes called liver spots or "barnacles of old age". Other terms include solar keratosis and senile keratosis. Seborrheic keratoses can be flat or elevated, sometimes with a warty surface. Colors range from light tan to black. In size, they range a few millimeters to several centimeters.They are often described as having a "stuck on" appearance.

How is a seborrheic keratosis removed?

If a seborrheic keratosis becomes a medical problem, usually by causing irritation or bleeding, it can be removed. A seborrheic keratosis can also be removed for cosmetic reasons. There are a number of methods used to remove seborrheic keratosis, including electrocautery, electrodesiccation and curettage, shave excision, or cryosurgery. Your dermatologist will determine which method of seborrheic keratosis removal is best for you.

Is seborrheic keratosis removal covered by insurance?

If your seborrheic keratosis presents a medical problem, for example by causing irritation or bleeding, then insurance will often pay for removal as medically necessary. Insurance will not usually pay for cosmetic removal of a seborrheic keratosis.

How much does seborrheic keratosis removal cost?

Cosmetic seborrheic keratosis removal can cost from $150 to $300, depending on how many are removed.

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