Seborrheic Keratosis (Raised Age Spots)
What are SKs and where can you find them on your body?
Also referred to as ‘barnacles of aging’ or raised age spots, SKs can have a variety of degrees of pigmentation starting as light brown and becoming darker with time. Their main feature is the slightly raised and gradual thickening, until they appear almost wart-like with a waxy or ‘pasted-on’ appearance. Over time, they may get bigger and more may show up.
You can find these growths anywhere on the skin, except the palms and soles. Most often, you’ll see them on the chest, back, head, or neck. You are most likely to develop them over age 50. Despite their appearance, most of the time they are harmless and they aren’t contagious. According to Dr. Schlesinger, it is important to have these checked out by a dermatologist before treatment to be sure they are alright and not suspicious.
What causes them?
The exact cause isn’t known. They are very common and generally increase in number with age. They tend to run in families so if your parents had them, most likely you will as well. What starts out as flat sun spots can get raised over time.
Before and After photos provided by Eskata®.
DLCC patient with Eskata®.
Why Treat them?
While they usually aren’t painful, they can be bothersome depending on their size and location. Be careful not to rub, scratch or pick at them which can lead to bleeding, swelling and, in rare cases, infection. Though not life threatening, you can feel self-conscious. When these spots show up on the face, neck or upper trunk, it is nice to have an effective, safe and easy way to treat them that is not likely to leave much of a mark like older therapies can.
New FDA-approved topical treatment
Eskata™ is the first FDA-approved topical treatment for raised seborrheic keratoses, and is designed for in-office application by a healthcare provider. Treatment typically includes a single in-office session where Eskata is applied to each raised SK 4 times, approximately 1 minute apart. If the treated area(s) has not completely cleared approximately 3 weeks after another treatment may be administered following the same procedure.
At the present time, Eskata is not covered by medical insurance. Our office can provide you with a cost for this treatment.