As we age, various ‘lumps and bumps’ may begin growing on our skin in various parts of our body. Keratosis is a common skin growth that can be unsightly and, in some cases, is a health concern. Well, Bella Plastic Surgery has good news for you!
Our modern clinic is equipped with state-of-the-art laser technology designed to safely and effectively remove Keratoses within minutes!
Our laser technicians are well-qualified and highly experienced skin practitioners who understand the importance of one’s appearance to self-esteem and general well-being. Our minimally invasive laser procedure means that you can have your Keratoses removed during a lunch break and return to your daily activities with little or no down-time. You are in very good hands at Bella Plastic Surgery!
What Are Keratosis Lesions?
The two common types of keratoses are actinic and seborrhoeic. In actinic keratosis, a small reddish, scaly, dry patch of skin forms over time and is often associated with sun damage. Actinic keratosis can become skin cancer if left untreated.
Seborrhoeic keratosis (SK) is one of the most common benign (non-cancerous) skin growths. It is not to be confused with another common skin condition referred to as Actinic Keratosis (AK) which is also referred to as Solar Keratosis. AK are a precancerous skin lesion.
SK have a waxy, scaly, slightly raised appearance; it often ranges from light brown to black.
What Can I Expect in the Treatment?
First, we will clean the area to be treated and take a set of clinical photos. Then your keratosis lesion will be removed using our state-of-the-art laser technology. The laser instrument has a small pen-tip head that targets the keratosis lesion but leaves the surrounding skin untouched.
What are the Benefits of Laser Removal?
Keratoses can be removed within minutes from the face and body with little or no downtime. For facial keratoses, laser treatments avoid the scarring from the liquid nitrogen or acid-based chemicals commonly used in many medical clinics.
While some minor scarring can occur from a laser treatment, this is usually pale white and no larger than the treated area. Facial skin heals very well. In most cases, you will be unable to detect the original location of the keratosis once the treated area has healed.
How Long Does the Procedure Take?
Laser removal of keratoses takes only a few minutes. Still, we allow 30 minutes for your appointment to complete a Patient Registration Form, receive a consultation and discuss the procedure and post-care instructions.
Is the treatment painful?
To ensure you are comfortable, you will have the option of a topical, local or combination anaesthetic. The anaesthetic will ensure that the area is partially or wholly numb before your laser treatment.
What Post-Treatment Results Can I Expect?
Following your treatment, there will be some redness and possibly swelling on and around the treated areas. In 24–48 hours, a scab will form. This is a natural part of the healing process. The scab usually falls off within 7–10 days. You can wear makeup to conceal the treated area, and we will recommend the best types of makeup.