As you age, your skin is susceptible to more abnormalities and skin conditions. While it is not entirely clear why they appear, seborrheic keratosis a type of unsightly lesion that can appear on the surface of the skin. These lesions appear on many parts of the body including the face, head, neck, chest, or back. While seborrheic keratoses do not typically require treatment, it is always prudent to consult your dermatologist at Piedmont Plastic Surgery & Dermatology if you notice an abnormal skin condition.

What is Keratosis?

One of the most common skin conditions in adults, seborrheic keratosis is a type of noncancerous growth that appears on the skin. While these lesions are harmless, they can be troubling. Seborrheic keratosis lesions are characterized by:

  • A round or oval shape
  • Variations in color from black to tan to brown
  • Can either be flat or raised with a scaly appearance
  • Thick, wart-like appearance
  • Size can be very small to more than one inch in diameter

What Causes Keratosis?

It isn’t entirely clear what the root cause of seborrheic keratosis is, but genetics appear to play a role. If one of your parents had brown skin spots, there is a greater likelihood that you may develop them as your skin ages. When the spots begin to form, they originally appear as a rough patch on the skin. They will take on a waxy, wart-like appearance as they continue to mature.

How is Keratosis Treated?

In most cases, seborrheic keratosis does not need treatment. If they become irritated due to contact with clothing or if you would like to have them removed for cosmetic reasons, there are several methods that can be employed to restore an even skin tone. Our board-certified dermatologist at Piedmont Plastic Surgery & Dermatology can advise you as to the method of removal that will be most effective for you.