New treatments for seborrheic keratoses are on the rise!

New treatments for seborrheic keratoses are on the rise!

Seborrheic keratoses (SK) is a real mouthful - but I’m pretty sure it’s not the first time those words have popped up for you. In a nutshell, SK is one of the most common non-cancerous skin growths in older adults. It usually appears a waxy brown, black or light tan growth on the face, chest, shoulders or back. While don’t evolve to become cancerous and aren’t necessarily related to sun exposure, they can look like skin cancer.

If you’ve had SK’s before, you’ll know that unfortunately, treatment options are quite limited. However, new research has begun to dig deep into some other choices, which I’m excited to share with you today.

Current treatment option: Cyrotherapy

Yes, you may have heard of this one already! At our Nashville office, we offer cryotherapy to remove SK’s. Cryotherapy is using liquid nitrogen to crystallize the tissue, creating a subtle blister that rises, and then falls off taking the SK with it. It take a full month to know whether or the SK will fall off with a single treatment.

It’s worth noting that this procedure is not covered by insurance for traditional SKs - we usually charge around $115 to remove 15 SK’s, and if some don't fall off at the end of the month, patients come back in within 6 weeks of their initial treatment to have a second application. We do not charge for this second application, if it is done within 6 weeks of the first application. Book an appointment with us here.

NEW treatment option: Hydrogen peroxide topical solution (ESKATA)

We are so excited to hear about this new topical solution! A pen-like applicator is used directly on the SK, and for the first time - this is non-invasive treatment for SK’s that does not not cut, burn, or freeze patients’ skin after application. We can’t wait to see it rolled out!

Until then, research also discovered an interesting factor in preventing SK - those who exercise often and intensely have shown to delay the onset and reduce the number of SK’s. So - start heading to your nearest gym!

Need help with your combating your SK? Visit us at Skin Solutions Dermatology in Nashville, Franklin, Columbia, Smyrna, Hendersonville or Pulaski to chat with our amazing team of dermatology specialists! Take advantage of our online booking system and book an appointment today.

Source: Journal of Drugs in Dermatology

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Dr. Pena is a Board-Certified Medical Dermatologist, Mohs skin cancer surgeon, and cosmetic dermatologist. Her mission is to educate the diverse patient populations she serves, and their communities, on the importance of skin care in decreasing the risk of skin cancer and minimizing the early signs of aging. She founded Skin Solutions Dermatology with numerous clinics in Nashville, Tennessee and surrounding Middle Tennessee.

Dr. Julia Pena, MD