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Seborrhoeic Keratoses

Seborrheic keratoses are rough, pigmented patches of skin that often show up with age. While they’re not harmful, they can be unpleasant. They look textured and raised, and as with many other signs of aging, it makes sense to want to get rid of them.

Unlike other growths, Seborrheic Keratosis don’t look like your typical moles or tags that are growing out of the skin. Instead, they’re textured and uneven, often with a plaque-like appearance. In some cases, they can also catch on fabrics and become irritated and inflamed. 

Even once removed, there is a risk of your skin growing new ones. That said, actually getting rid of individual lesions is pretty easy, especially in the clinic! 


What Causes Seborrheic Keratosis?

It’s not precisely clear what triggers seborrheic keratosis, but the underlying cause is genetic. The growths often show up after the age of 50, usually in patients with a family history of the condition. As you get older, your skin may develop more and more keratoses.

Like other pigmented skin growth, it’s also possible that sun exposure and inflammation increase the risk of developing seborrheic keratoses in specific body parts. 


Best Treatments for Seborrheic Keratosis

So how do you get rid of seborrheic keratoses? These lesions can be removed very quick and easy with  just one treatment in most cases.  At Discovery Laser, we offer a couple of highly effective treatments that don’t just remove your bumps or patches, but also reduce your risk of experiencing scarring.  



Lamprobe is a fast, affordable, and effective technology for getting rid of seborrheic keratoses. This unique device features a small probe that allows for precise skin penetration. The probe stimulates the affected area with radiofrequency, which triggers the elimination of small skin growths like seborrheic keratosis. 

It usually takes us just a few “zaps” to treat a single growth! While the treatment can be a little painful, you always have the option of numbing the skin prior to the treatment. 



If you have additional skin concerns beyond a few patchy moles, you may want to consider an all-over 755 Alexandrate laser by removing layers of damaged skin. While there is some discomfort and a relatively long healing period, the results are dramatic. 

Within one or two treatments, it eliminates seborrheic keratoses patches, improves overall skin tone and clarity, and softens other texture issues including fine lines and wrinkles. Consider it the ultimate skin renewal treatment! 


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Seborrhoeic Keratoses FAQ

No. Seborrheic keratosis is a benign growth that cannot become cancerous. However, in some cases, it can look like skin cancer. Make sure to have regular skin check-ups, so your doctor can let you know if your lesions pose a risk to your health.

Usually, once a seborrheic keratosis has shown up on your skin, it will not go away without some sort of treatment.

You don’t have to remove your seborrheic keratosis, but if it interferes with your quality of life, there’s also no reason why you have to live with it. Removing it is a simple procedure that can help you feel happier about your skin!