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.
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.
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.
At Dermatology Surgical and Medical, we accept most major medical insurance plans. Here is a short-list of just some of the most popular plans we accept. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed below. The only HMO Insurance Plan that we currently accept is Mercy Physicians Medical Group with a referral from your primary care doctor. We DO NOT accept Medi-Cal.