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Keratosis treatment

Keratosis can appear as dry and scaly spots of skin on your body. We look at what keratosis treatment involves.

Actinic keratosis, or solar keratosis, is a skin condition that develops with age and is primarily caused by long term sun exposure.

The condition presents with hard, dry, scaly spots of skin, usually on the scalp, face, backs of the hands and forearms.

Once your consultant dermatologist has made the diagnosis, there are a variety of creams you may be prescribed which can be effective in milder cases.

Thicker keratoses may be frozen off using a technique known as cryotherapy, which involves the use of liquid nitrogen.

If the keratosis has become extremely thickened and raised or if there is a suspicion that it may be turning cancerous surgery may be appropriate. The procedure may involve a biopsy to sample. The keratosis is removed with a surgical curette or cutting out with a scalpel.

Following the treatment, you should be able to return home half an hour after surgery. You are likely to be left with some scarring or discoloured skin, depending on the severity of the affected area.

Specialists offering Keratosis treatment

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Dr Gayathri Perera

Consultant Dermatologist

PhD, MRCP, BMBCh. (Oxon), MA (Oxon)

The Princess Margaret Hospital 1 more Syon Clinic

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Dr Laurence Lever

Consultant Dermatologist


The Clementine Churchill Hospital

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Mr Justin Chatterjee

Consultant Plastic Surgeon

MBChB(Glasg), MRCS(Glasg), MRCSEd, MSc, EBOPRAS, FRCSEd(Plast), FRCSGlasg(Plast), EurDipHandSurg(FESSH), DipHandSurg(BSSH)

Ross Hall Hospital 3 more Ross Hall Clinic Braehead Albyn Hospital Kings Park Hospital

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Mrs Jenny Geh

Consultant Plastic Surgeon


The Sloane Hospital 1 more The Blackheath Hospital

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Dr Ferina Ismail

Consultant Dermatologist

BSc (London), MBBS (London), MRCP (London), PhD (London)

Bishops Wood Hospital 1 more The Clementine Churchill Hospital

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