SEBORRHOEIC KERATOSIS TREATMENT

Seborrhoeic Keratosis Removal

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Welcome to City Dermatology Clinic, your trusted partner for professional seborrhoeic keratosis removal in the heart of London. Our team, led by some of London’s most skilled dermatology doctors, specialises in safe, efficient, and minimally invasive techniques to address and remove seborrhoeic keratosis.

At City Dermatology Clinic, we understand that the presence of seborrhoeic keratoses can be a cause for concern, though they are non-cancerous skin growths. Our approach to their removal is designed with your comfort and health in mind, following a meticulous process that begins with a detailed consultation.

 

Initial Consultation

Your journey towards the removal of seborrhoeic keratoses starts with an introductory consultation at our clinic. During this session, one of our specialist dermatologists will conduct an exhaustive examination of your skin growths. This is complemented by a thorough discussion of your medical history to ensure that the proposed treatment aligns with your overall health profile. This step is crucial in tailoring the removal process to meet your specific needs, ensuring the best possible outcome.

 

The Removal Procedure

Should removal be advised, we fully recognise that undergoing any surgical procedure, no matter how minor, can be unsettling. It is our utmost priority at City Dermatology to make this experience as comfortable and painless as possible. To this end, you can be reassured that any discomfort during the procedure is unlikely. The treatment area will be carefully numbed before your doctor proceeds with the precise removal of the seborrhoeic keratoses. Our surgical techniques are refined to ensure that any residual mark is minimal, and with time, it should progressively fade, leaving your skin clear and healthy-looking.

 

Post-Procedure Care and Recovery

Recovery following the removal of seborrhoeic keratoses is typically swift, allowing most patients to return to work or resume their regular daily activities shortly thereafter. However, every individual’s recovery process is unique, and your doctor will provide you with tailored aftercare instructions specific to your procedure. Often, we advise patients to avoid strenuous exercise for about a week following the procedure. This recommendation is made to prevent any accidental harm to the treated area, thereby aiding the healing process and ensuring optimal recovery.

 

Commitment to Patient Care

At City Dermatology Clinic, our commitment to your care doesn’t end with the procedure. We’re dedicated to supporting you through every step of your recovery, ensuring your return to daily life is smooth and complication-free. Should you have any concerns or require further assistance during your recovery, our team is on hand to offer the support and advice you need.

Seborrhoeic keratosis presents as benign (non-cancerous) skin growths that develop on various parts of the body. These growths are characterized by their waxy, slightly raised appearance, often resembling a smear of brown wax on the skin. While they can appear anywhere on the body, they are most commonly found on the chest, back, head, or neck. Despite their harmless nature, their appearance can be concerning to some, prompting individuals to seek removal for cosmetic reasons or to alleviate discomfort.

Seborrhoeic keratosis is a common skin condition that manifests as non-cancerous growths on the skin. These growths are prevalent among older adults, with studies suggesting that more than 90% of adults over the age of 60 in the UK may have at least one seborrhoeic keratosis lesion.

Symptoms

The symptoms of seborrhoeic keratosis include:

  • The growths vary in color from light tan to black and are often round or oval-shaped. They can appear singly or in clusters.
  • Seborrhoeic keratoses range in size from very small (a few millimeters) to larger than 2.5 centimeters in diameter.
  • They have a waxy, pasted-on look or can be slightly scaly or wart-like.
  • While generally not painful, they can become itchy or irritated by clothing or jewelry rubbing against them.

 

Causes

The exact cause of seborrhoeic keratosis is not well understood, but several factors are believed to contribute to its development:

  • The likelihood of developing seborrhoeic keratosis increases with age, making it a common skin condition among the elderly.
  • There seems to be a genetic component, as the condition tends to run in families.
  • Long-term expoure to the sun may play a role in the development of these growths, although they can also occur on areas of the skin that are usually covered.

At City Dermatology Clinic, we recognise the urgency and discomfort that can accompany seborrhoeic keratoses, which is why we’ve streamlined our treatment process to be as efficient and patient-friendly as possible. Here’s a closer look at how our removal procedure works, emphasising our commitment to your comfort, time, and decision-making process.

 

Consultation

During your consultation for Seborrhoeic Keratosis removal, your doctor will explain the procedure in detail, including what you can expect during and after the treatment. This is a crucial step where you can voice any concerns or ask questions to fully understand the process. If, after the consultation, you feel ready and comfortable to proceed with the removal, the treatment can be performed immediately (if available). However, there is absolutely no pressure to decide on the spot. You have the freedom to opt for the procedure on the same day or to schedule it for a later date, based on your comfort and convenience.

 

The Removal Procedure

If you choose to proceed with the Seborrhoeic Keratosis removal on the same day, here’s what you can expect:

  • The treatment area will be cleaned and prepared, ensuring a sterile environment for the procedure.
  • Local anaesthesia is applied to numb the area, ensuring a pain-free experience throughout the procedure.
  • Depending on the size, location, and characteristics of your seborrhoeic keratoses, the most suitable removal technique will be employed. This could be cryotherapy (freezing the growth off) or curettage (scraping the growth away).
  • Once the removal is complete, the treated area is cleaned and dressed. Your doctor will then provide you with detailed aftercare instructions to ensure a smooth and speedy recovery.

City Dermatology Clinic is a leading provider of Seborrhoeic Keratosis removal, offering bespoke, professional care to every patient. Our clinics are conveniently situated in the heart of London, including the prestigious Harley Street and the financial district of the City of London, making expert care readily accessible.

 

Expertise in Seborrhoeic Keratosis Removal

At City Dermatology Clinic, we are experts in the diagnosis and treatment of Seborrhoeic Keratosis, ranging from solitary lesions to multiple growths. Our team of specialists employs the latest techniques and technology to ensure an accurate diagnosis and develop effective, personalised treatment plans for each patient.

 

Same Day ‘See and Treat’ Service

Understanding the need for prompt and efficient treatment, we offer a same-day ‘see and treat’ service following an initial consultation. This approach is designed for maximum convenience, allowing patients to receive both diagnosis and treatment in just one visit.

 

Tailored Treatment Approaches

We recognise that each case of Seborrhoeic Keratosis is unique, requiring a customised approach to treatment. Our clinic provides a variety of treatment options, from non-invasive methods to surgical excision, depending on the individual’s specific needs. Our goal is to choose the most suitable method for removal that aligns with our patients’ expectations, employing strategies to minimise scarring and ensure optimal cosmetic outcomes.

 

Minimal Downtime

The comfort and convenience of our patients are paramount. We are committed to delivering treatments that require minimal downtime, allowing our patients to return to their daily routines as quickly and safely as possible, irrespective of the size or location of the Seborrhoeic Keratosis. Whether the growth is on the face or body, our mission is to ensure a smooth, effective treatment process that meets the highest standards of care.

Our Team

Seborrhoeic Keratosis Removal Doctors

Discover expert care and compassionate support from our leading seborrhoeic keratosis removal doctors in London, dedicated to ensuring your comfort and health with state-of-the-art treatments to ensure a smooth seborrhoeic keratosis removal experience.

Discover expert care and compassionate support from our leading seborrhoeic keratosis removal doctors in London, dedicated to ensuring your comfort and health with state-of-the-art treatments to ensure a smooth seborrhoeic keratosis removal experience.

Headshot portrait photo of Dr. Jana Torres-Grau at City Dermatology Clinic
Dr. Jana Torres-Grau
BSc (Hons), MBChB, FRCS (Plast)
Headshot portrait photo of Dr. Georgios Pafitanis at City Dermatology Clinic
Dr. Georgios Pafitanis
MD, PhD
Headshot portrait photo of Dr Andreea Anton at City Dermatology Clinic
Dr. Andreea Anton
MBBS, MD, MRCP
Headshot portrait photo of Dr. Nicki Bystrzonowski at City Dermatology Clinic
Dr. Nicki Bystrzonowski
MD, PhD
Headshot portrait photo of Dr. Jana Torres-Grau at City Dermatology Clinic

Dr. Jana Torres-Grau

BSc (Hons), MBChB, FRCS (Plast)

 

Headshot portrait photo of Dr. Georgios Pafitanis at City Dermatology Clinic

Dr. Georgios Pafitanis

MD, PhD

 

Headshot portrait photo of Dr Andreea Anton at City Dermatology Clinic

Dr. Andreea Anton

MBBS, MD, MRCP

 

Headshot portrait photo of Dr. Nicki Bystrzonowski at City Dermatology Clinic

Dr. Nicki Bystrzonowski

MD, PhD

 

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Cost of Seborrhoeic Keratosis Removal

Doctor consultation is £100. We allocate enough time should you wish to have the procedure done straight after the consultation. Please note that all prices are dependent upon the size and location and are subject to a consultation.

Pricing

  • Seborrhoeic Keratosis Removal £295

Aftercare

A free follow-up following the procedure just to check and make sure everything has healed up nicely. All dressings required will be provided and advice is given on when to change them.

If there’s something you’re not sure about following the procedure, you can always come back to be seen by a doctor at no additional charge. Alternatively, if safe to do so your doctor can provide remote advice regarding the healing stage.

Removal of stitches service (if not dissolvable stitches). For biopsy results, you’ll be contacted by the team and the report will be sent to you as soon as we receive it. A GP letter is available should you request one.

Seborrhoeic Keratosis FAQs

What is Seborrheic Keratosis?

Seborrheic keratosis, known as seborrheic wart, is a benign skin lesion often mistaken for a mole. We frequently perform procedures to remove these harmless yet potentially cosmetically concerning skin growths. Seborrheic keratoses vary in colour from pink to nearly black, and they typically have a rough texture. While they can appear anywhere on the body, they are most commonly found on sun-exposed areas such as the face and neck. These skin growths tend to appear from the age of 40 onward, particularly in individuals with a history of sun exposure. Despite their harmless nature, many individuals choose to have them removed to address cosmetic concerns.

When should I look to remove my Seborrhoeic Keratosis?

Although seborrheic keratoses typically do not necessitate treatment, many individuals opt for removal due to cosmetic reasons or if they become irritated and prone to bleeding when rubbed against clothing. Despite their harmlessness, seborrheic keratoses can sometimes resemble melanoma, a serious form of skin cancer. This underscores the importance of having any new or changing skin growths assessed by a medical professional.

What causes Seborrheic Keratosis?

The precise causes of seborrheic keratoses remain unknown, although genetics are believed to play a role, with their appearance becoming more common in middle age. Unfortunately once these growths manifest, they will not disappear on their own. As time passes, particularly as you age, you may notice an increasing number of them. Skin warts like these are more common than skin cancer and are typically distinguishable by a trained Doctor during consultation without the need for complex tests.  However, it’s crucial to book a consultation with a doctor if you detect any new or unusual skin lumps or discolorations to rule out potential skin cancers.

Where can Seborrheic Keratosis appear?

Seborrheic Keratosis can appear anywhere on the body, single or multiple, small or big, most commonly presenting on the chest, back, scalp, and neck. Occurrences on the face or other body parts are also possible.

Is Seborrheic keratosis removal painful?

The removal of Seborrheic Keratosis is typically performed under local anaesthesia, which means that the area being treated will be numbed. Therefore, patients should not feel pain during the procedure.

How is Seborrhoeic Keratosis diagnosed?

Seborrhoeic Keratosis is diagnosed through a physical examination by a dermatologist. In some cases, the dermatologist may use a dermatoscope, a special magnifying device, to examine the skin growths more closely. This non-invasive tool helps distinguish Seborrhoeic Keratosis from other skin conditions and potential skin cancers. If there’s any doubt about the diagnosis, a biopsy may be performed, where a small sample of the skin growth is removed and examined under a microscope. However, biopsies are not typically necessary for Seborrhoeic Keratosis.

Is Seborrhoeic Keratosis cancerous or dangerous?

Seborrhoeic Keratosis is a benign (non-cancerous) skin condition. These growths are not dangerous and do not pose a risk of developing into skin cancer. However, because they can resemble melanoma and other skin cancers, it’s important to have any new or changing skin growths evaluated by a dermatologist. This ensures that they are indeed Seborrhoeic Keratosis and not something more serious.

What times do you run the Seborrheic Keratosis Treatment service?

We run our Seborrheic Keratosis treatment clinic on weekdays, including evenings, as well as availability over the weekend. With our flexible scheduling, we’re confident that we can find a time that suits you. We aim to provide convenient options for our patients, ensuring that treatment can be accessed without disrupting your daily routine.

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