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Seborrheic Keratosis Specialist

Dermatology Surgical And Medical

Michael R. Lerner, MD

Dermatologist located in Bankers Hill, San Diego, CA

Dr. Lerner can diagnose and remove benign seborrheic keratoses for patients in San Diego, California.

Seborrheic Keratosis Q & A

What is a seborrheic keratosis?

It is a very common, benign tan/brown spot that develops on the surface of the skin.  They may be flat, elevated, or have a rough texture to them. Seborrheic keratoses (SKs) are completely benign and will never become cancerous.  SKs are often referred to as barnacles on the skin, because they are so common and are not harmful to the patient.

What is the cause of Seborrheic Keratoses?

The exact cause of the development of seborrheic keratoses is unknown.  They often occur in patients as they age and are most common in the older population.  It is possible that UV light may have an effect on the development of these growths. Genetics may play a factor as well.

How are Seborrheic Keratoses treated?

Since SKs are completely benign, they can go untreated without causing the patient any harm.  Some patients prefer to get them removed for cosmetic reasons, or because they can be irritating.  The treatment options for SKs are cryotherapy with liquid nitrogen application, electrodessication and curettage (EDC), surgical excision, or scrapping.  Dr. Lerner will work with you to decide what the best treatment method will be.