Seborrheic Keratosis

Frequently asked questions

Can seborrhoeic keratosis turn malignant? Plus Icon

Malignant tumour development within a seborrheic keratosis (SK) is extremely rare, but it is important to ensure the correct diagnosis.

The doctor will use an instrument called a dermatoscope to assess the lesion.

What are the complications and risks for seborrhoeic keratosis treatment? Plus Icon

Potential complications and risks include:

  • Skin irritation: following treatment, you may experience temporary redness, swelling, or discomfort at the treatment site. This is typically mild and resolves on its own.
  • Pigmentation changes: in rare cases, treatment can result in temporary or permanent changes in skin pigmentation, leading to either darkening or lightening of the treated area.
  • Scarring: although uncommon, there is a slight risk of scarring, particularly if aggressive treatment methods like surgery or cryotherapy (freezing) are used.
  • Infection: any time the skin’s integrity is compromised, there is a small risk of infection. It’s crucial to follow post-treatment care instructions and keep the treated area clean.
  • Recurrence: seborrheic keratosis may recur in other areas or at the same site even after treatment, meaning further treatment.

What is the recovery and aftercare for seborrhoeic keratosis treatment ? Plus Icon

The recovery after treatment for seborrheic keratosis is generally straightforward and requires minimal downtime.

  • Healing time: after treatment, the treated area may experience some redness, swelling, or mild discomfort. These symptoms usually subside within a few days to a couple of weeks, depending on the extent of the treatment.
  • Scabbing or crusting: in some cases, the treated area may develop scabs or crusts as part of the healing process. It’s important not to pick at or scratch these scabs, as it can lead to scarring or infection, and they will naturally fall off as the skin underneath heals.
  • Sun protection: it is crucial to protect the treated area from sun exposure during the healing process. Sunscreen with a high SPF (50+) should be applied regularly, and the area should be covered or shaded when outdoors. This helps prevent hyperpigmentation and allows the skin to heal properly. The use of a sunscreen should always be part of your daily skincare routine.

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