What is Seborrheic Keratosis?

Seborrheic Keratoses, also known as age spots, are extremely common benign skin growths that can be found anywhere on the skin except the palms and soles. These lesions are commonly referred to as “after 50 spots”, “age spots” or “wisdom spots” since the incidence of these lesions increases with time.

What Causes Seborrheic Keratoses?

The exact cause of Seborrheic Keratoses is unknown, however, there seems to be a hereditary component since they tend to occur within families. Increasing age is the greatest risk factor for development of these lesions. Some studies suggest that sun exposure may play a role in the development of these spots as well.

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Seborrheic Keratoses - Signs and Symptoms

Signs and Symptoms

Seborrheic Keratoses are described as greasy or waxy wart-like lesions with a “stuck-on” appearance. They can range in color from skin tone to tan, brown, gray or black. These benign keratosis also vary widely in size and shape and tend to enlarge over time. Occasionally these spots can become itchy or irritated especially if they become snagged or rubbed by clothing or jewelry. Since these lesions are superficially adherent to the skin, sometimes parts of a keratosis will become scraped off. Age spots can vary in extent from a few scattered lesions to many lesions with widespread distribution across the entire body. Certain types of skin cancer and other cutaneous lesions can look similar to Seborrheic Keratoses which is why it is important to be evaluated by a trained dermatologist.

What Is the Treatment?

Since these lesions are benign they do not require treatment. However, many patients opt for Seborrheic Keratoses removal since they can become unsightly or bothersome. At REJUVA Dermatology & Vein Center we commonly treat these lesions using various techniques based on the size or location of them.

Cosmetic Seborrheic Keratoses removal can be performed by gently scraping the lesion with a curette after numbing the area locally with lidocaine. Some smaller and flatter lesions can be treated with liquid nitrogen. In some cases, electrocautery can be used as an alternative treatment modality. The majority of age spots that are removed do not reoccur. However, it is possible to develop new lesions over time.

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Dr. Golta Rasouli

Dr. Golta Rasouli is a double board-certified and fellowship-trained vein specialist and physician. Patients are consistently pleased with her comprehensive treatment for venous diseases and other skin conditions. Dr. Rasouli’s extensive publication record complements her outstanding Google Reviews, reflecting her expertise and patient-centered approach.

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Dr. Sean Mazloom is a board-certified dermatologist and dermatologic surgeon with stellar Google Reviews. He is also one of few Mohs surgeons in Sarasota County where he provides exceptional treatment and care to thousands of patients struggling with complex skin cancers, skin conditions, and cosmetic concerns.

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