About Seborrheic Keratosis

Is a benign (non-cancerous) skin growth that appears during adult life as a common sign of ageing. They can be found on the scalp, face, chest, and upper back.

Seborrheic keratoses are considered degenerative in nature as they are slow-growing and may become larger and thicker over time or may stay the same size for years.

Usually, seborrheic keratoses removal is for cosmetic reasons or lesions that are constantly irritated and cause discomfort for the patient. 

Treatment Options

  • Electrocautery
  • Cryosurgery
  • Laser surgery
Questions & Answers

Do you have a question about Seborrheic Keratosis? To get started, ask your family physician for a requisition form to book an appointment with Dr. Neel Malhotra and we look forward to seeing you at our clinic.

Are they Contagious?

No! Seborrheic keratosis is not contagious. They increase in number or size with time, but they don’t get transferred to another person.

Can Seborrheic Keratoses (SK) be Cured?

Individual SK’s can be treated successfully; however, they can regrow in the same site and may continue to appear in other places on the body.

How can Seborrheic Keratosis be treated?

Treatment options include freezing them with liquid nitrogen (cryotherapy), laser removal and scraping them off (curettage) under a local anaesthetic.

Can Self Tanners Make Seborrheic Keratoses Worse?

It’s normal for Seborrheic Keratoses to grow darker over time. But if you use an artificial tanning product that contains DHA, an omega-3 acid, it can change the color of the growths as well as the skin around them.