Seborrheic Keratosis Treatment

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Seborrheic Keratosis is a harmless skin build-up that most adult people witness on their skin as a sign of aging. The spots are completely harmless but they may sometimes resemble one of the types of the skin cancer.

Why treat?

The existence of Seborrheic Keratosis is not a reason to worry about anyone and some adults might have numerous spots on their skin without creating any discomfort and distress. However, at a moment when someone is suffering from skin cancer (melanoma), it becomes very hard to differentiate between Seborrheic Keratosis and Melanoma spots. This uncertainty between the spots makes the diagnosis of Seborrheic Keratosis necessary.

What are the Symptoms of Seborrheic Keratosis?

The Seborrheic Keratosis is a non-cancerous, smooth and wart-like skin growth that normally appears on the facial skin, chest and on the back. Some adults get a few of them on their skin while other might have numerous quantity of these spots.

Here are few points need to be considered while identifying Seborrheic Keratosis on your skin.

  • They are of different colors including light tan to brown and black.
  • They are either in the round or oval shape
  • Varies in size from tiny to
  • They look like waxy
  • Skin surface is slightly raised

What causes Seborrheic Keratosis?

There are numerous causes that can influence a Seborrheic Keratosis on your skin, which include:

  • Eruptive seborrhoeic keratosis can take place after sunburn or dermatitis.
  • Skin friction
  • Epidermal development factor receptor inhibitors (used to treat malignancy) frequently result in an expansion in verrucal (warty) keratosis.

How to diagnose Seborrheic Keratosis?

Most of the cases of Seborrheic Keratosis are diagnosed with normal checkups at doctor’s office. To determine the exact causes and severity of the condition, the specialist will remove the build-up for a biopsy.

The diagnosis with biopsy will assist the doctor to better understand if the skin growth is keratosis or cancerous.

Treatment options for Seborrheic Keratosis?

It is necessary to identify the real behavior of the skin growth as sometimes they might be a cancerous growth. But after successful diagnosis of Seborrheic Keratosis, it is not necessary to remove them until they create disturbance or distress. Few individuals may undergo Seborrheic Keratosis removal with an intention to better their cosmetic appearance only.

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Here are the most popular treatments of Seborrheic Keratosis in Dubai.


Cryosurgery is one of the most effective treatments of the skin lesions. In order to remove the Seborrheic Keratosis, a liquid form of nitrogen is directly applied to the ski growth which causes them to freeze and become a stiff layer. The layer falls off on its own after 2-3 days.


Electrosurgery is another viable treatment options for elimination Seborrheic Keratosis. This procedure includes the utilization of electrical current to wipe off the skin growths. The procedure is safe and a numbing product can be applied if needed.


Curettage refers to a medical procedure which involves the scraping to cut off the skin growth (Seborrheic Keratosis). It becomes more effective when it is used with electrosurgery.

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How to prepare for the treatment of Seborrheic Keratosis?

At your pre-op consultation, the doctor will brief you about all the consequences of the treatment including how to prepare, pre-op and post-op care, what to expect from the treatment, what outcomes are expected and how many treatments do you need.


What triggers seborrheic keratosis?

Although the exact cause of seborrheic keratosis is not known, there are some common reasons for it. Usually, genes play an important role in causing seborrheic keratosis. Moreover, age is also an important factor as it is found mostly in older people.

Does seborrheic keratosis grow back after removal?

Normally, the growths removed during a seborrheic keratosis treatment do not grow back. However, if it does, then a biopsy is carried out to verify the diagnosis and rule out the possibility of cancer. A seborrheic keratosis should not be removed by oneself.

How do you treat inflamed seborrheic keratosis?

There are several methods of inflamed seborrheic keratosis treatment. The most commonly used method is freezing with liquid nitrogen. This method is also known as Cryosurgery in which the growth is frozen and removed. Electrocautery is also used for burning the growths.

Is there an over-the-counter treatment for seborrheic keratosis?

The only FDA-approved over-the-counter seborrheic keratosis treatment is hydrogen peroxide 40% topical solution. Hydrogen peroxide 3% solution is easily available over-the-counter.

How much does it cost to remove seborrheic keratosis?

The cost of a seborrheic keratosis treatment depends on several factors including the expertise of the doctor, geographic location, and individual requirements. Therefore, the exact cost can only be determined during the initial consultation.

Treatment of Seborrheic Keratosis in Dubai

To effectively treat this condition, why not let the experts at Euromed assess your condition and using their expertise offer you a range of options best suited to your condition.


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