Seborrheic Keratosis Removal
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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 can also occur on areas without sun exposure, and sometimes seem to run in families. 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” and greasy 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. A new method, Eskata, removes seborrheic keratoses with a topical application of hydrogen peroxide. Laser removal of seborrheic keratoses is also possible. This is especially efficient for treating multiple lesions. The preferred method of seborrheic keratosis removal is the Alexandrite 755 nm laser (GentleLase) for thicker lesions and the 532 nm q-switched laser for flat lesion. 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, itching or bleeding, then insurance will often pay for removal as medically necessary. If your dermatologist is uncertain of the diagnosis and performs a biopsy, it will typically be covered by insurance. Sometimes a seborrheic keratosis can be confused with a nevomelancytic nevus, malignant melanoma, or wart. 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.