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Actinic Keratosis


Causes:
Chronic sun exposure. Sun exposure is cumulative, so even a short period in the sun adds up over a lifetime.

Condition:
Actinic Keratosis is a scaly or crusty growth or lesion most often found on a bald scalp, face, ears, lips, hands or any other sun exposed area of the body. AKs develop slowly and range in size from a 1/8 of an inch to a 1/4 of an inch. Most AKs become red but some will be light or dark tan, pink, or the color of your skin.

How to Recognize AK:
  • Elevated, rough in texture and resemble warts
  • Fine sandpapery roughness or scaly, crusty surface
Treatments:
  • Topical Medications: Aldera, 5-Fluorouracil (5-FU), Imiquimod
  • Cryotherapy or Liquid Nitrogen Therapy: Freezes the AKs. Repeat treatment may be necessary.
  • Laser Surgery
    Before and After Images
  • Photodynamic Therapy: Topical 5-aminolevulinic acid (5-ALA), is applied to lesions and exposed to strong light which activates the 5-ALA and destroys the actinic keratosis


Before and Afters

Actinic Keratosis Before & After
Actinic Keratosis Before
Actinic Keratosis Before & After
Actinic Keratosis Before