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Surgical Removal Of Keratosis

Keratosis is a growth of keratin on the skin. Human fingernails, toenails and hair are mostly constituted of keratin. If ever keratin grows into the skin, it could cause coagulation, lumps and wart like skin growth. There are several types of keratoses, actinic keratosis, pilaris keratosis, hydrocarbon keratosis and seborrheic keratosis. The surgical removal of a kind of this disorder – namely actinic keratosis will be our topic. It is one of the most common kinds of keratosis, and is also known as solar keratosis. It usually occurs on skin areas that are most exposed to the sun, such as the face, neck and arms. Actinic keratosis concerns people with fair skin. It can be cancerous so prompt surgery must be considered.

Over exposure to the sun is one of the main causes of this kind of keratosis. It’s size spans from 2 millimeters-6 millimeters, almost the shape of a mole. But moles don’t just grow bigger and thicker like keratosis does. The main difference is its thickening and growth. Upon diagnosis, a dermatologist may offer various treatments. Treatments are for different levels of acuteness. Creams and gels are available for those with mild case. Application of these will soften the area hardened by keratosis and its removal would ensue. There are also surgical options, like cryosurgery.

Cryosurgery is the use of extreme temperatures-specifically coolness to destroy abnormal growths of cells or tissues. Liquid nitrogen or carbon dioxide foam is applied to the affected area.   It hardens the affected area more to make it easier to eliminate. Through this, the cost, pain and scar can be reduced. Cryosurgery could also affect nearby healthy tissues and some nerve tissues.

Laser surgery could also be opted out. Scalpel is not used in this type of surgery. However, since keratosis is a hard, and some laser surgery treats softer tissues, it may cost more because of the power and skill it requires. Laser surgery also has benefits such as quick healing and less pain.

Conventional surgery, or surgery with scalpel is another less expensivechoice. Keratosis is not as skin deep as some skin diseases are and can be treated with cream and surgery.  The pain you would feel would amount to the safety of your health.

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