Moles, seborrheic keratoses (age spots), skin tags and warts are non-cancerous growths that are quite common. Seborrheic keratosis are known as age spots, liver spots, sun spots, senile lentigo and solar lentigines. These are flat or slightly raised, and can appear as black, brown or even grey spots on the skin. Patients who experience age spots are commonly over 40 years of age, have fairer skin, and have a history of frequent sun exposure or use tanning beds.
Age spots occur when there is an excess localized production of melanin, or skin pigment, that occurs with skin aging and ultraviolet light exposure. They can be most commonly be found on skin that receive the most sun exposure, like your face, shoulders, back, upper forearms and the back of hands.
Seborrheic Keratosis Removal
Although Seborrheic Keratosis may not be painful, it might cause itchiness and become irritated depending on where the age spots are located. There are a variety of treatment modalities that can be used to remove age spots. My preferred treatment option is to use an ablative laser to remove the raised pigmented skin. One of the lasers I prefer to use is Erbrium Yag instead of a CO2 laser, as there is less risk of developing Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation (PIH). The Erbium Yag laser uses an intense beam of light to burn and destroy the growth of the age spots, the laser light also cleans and seals as it cuts the tissue. This treatment reduces bleeding, pain and recovery time and does not cause scarring as compared to C02 laser.
Treatment Options to Remove Seborrheic Keratosis
Dr Chiam CT