What is the Difference Between Actinic Keratosis and Seborrheic Keratoses?

Keratin are a class of growths that can occur on the skin. Actinic Keratosis is a common variety characterized by its thick, crusty appearance and can vary in color. It is consider a premalignant condition with a 20% risk of progressing to a carcinoma. By contrast Seborrheic Keratoses are noncancerous skin growths. They are typically round, slightly elevated or flat and range from light tan to black in color, and from tiny to more than an inch in diameter.

Laser Treatments for keratoses

Dr. Vanek and his staff employ the latest laser technologies for rejuvenating your skin. After your keratoses have been evaluated, ablative and/or non-ablative lasers may be recommended. An ablative laser like the Sciton® Profractional™ or the Sciton® MicroLaserPeel™ removes skin cells in a targeted manner to resurface your skin. New collagen is produced which improves the texture, firmness and appearance of your skin. The Mentor Peel™ is a procedure developed and trademarked by Dr. Vanek that combines the Profractional™ and MicroLaserPeel™ treatments to provide exceptional resurfacing outcomes. A non-ablative treatment, like the intense pulsed light Sciton® BBL™, uses specific wavelengths of light energy to target specific types of cells. The melanin (pigmentation responsible for skin coloring) surrounding cells and fine blood vessels are heated and eliminated, reducing the appearance of keratoses. During your consultation, Dr. Vanek and his staff will review the risks and benefits of any procedure. Your unique anatomy and goals will determine the type of treatments recommended by Dr. Vanek and his staff.

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