Surgical Removal Of Keratosis



When keratin develops on skin, the person lis likely to have developed a skin condition called keratosis. Actually, keratin is the main component of hair, toe nails and fingernails. Skin on the affected area may develop thickness, lumps and skin growth like warts. Keratoses may come in many forms according to their origin, actinic or solar keratosis, pilaris keratosis which resembles acne, hydrocarbon keratosis caused by certain chemical compounds and seborrheic keratosis. The surgical removal of a kind of this ailment -namely actinic keratosis will be our topic. It is one of the most common kinds of keratosis, and is also known as solar keratosis. Parts of the body which gets the most sun contact such as the face and arms are more likely to be affected. People who have less melanin are at high danger of getting actinic keratosis. It can be cancerous so prompt surgery must be considered.

Actinic or solar keratosis is mainly triggered by being exposed to the sun for long periods of time. It looks like a mole in color and in size. But moles don’t just grow bigger and thicker like keratosis does. The main difference is its thickening and growth. If having keratosis is confirmed, many treatments are available. Depending on how mild or worse is the case, the options are many. Creams and gels are available for those with mild case. The gel or cream would diminish and soften the affected area and it will be removed easily. Cryosurgery is a type of surgical cure for keratosis.

Very cold temperature is employed in cryosurgery to kill off abnormal growths in the skin tissue. Liquid nitrogen or carbon dioxide snow is applied to the affected area. When it hardens, it is removed be surgery. Through this, the cost, pain and scar can be minimized. Cryosurgery could also harm nearby healthy tissues and some nerve tissues.

Another type of surgery is laser surgery. Scalpel is not utilized 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. The good thing about laser surgery is that it heals quickly and the pain is less.

In case of tight budget, traditional surgery could also be chosen. Keratosis is not found deep within the skin and can be remedied by some applied cream and traditional surgery. The pain you would feel would amount to the safety of your health.

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