Actinic keratosis is a growth caused by sun exposure that can become cancerous if left untreated. If you have developed actinic keratosis, you can find the treatment you need at Alta Vista Dermatology. We offer actinic keratosis and skin cancer treatments to men and women living in Highlands Ranch and Denver, CO.
What is Actinic Keratosis?
Actinic keratosis is a condition caused by sun exposure that appears as a rough, scaly patch of skin. Although it is not harmful, it can become cancerous in some cases. For that reason, we encourage most patients to pursue treatment to have it removed. This condition most often develops on the face, neck, arms, and other areas that are frequently exposed to the sun.
How is Actinic Keratosis Treated?
For actinic keratosis, we usually recommend photodynamic therapy (PDT). PDT uses light energy in combination with a topical solution to eliminate the damaged, and possibly precancerous, cells. PDT is our recommended treatment for actinic keratosis because it offers an effective, painless treatment that requires little to no downtime.
How is Actinic Keratosis Treatment Performed?
Actinic keratosis is treated with photodynamic therapy, which is a comfortable treatment that does not require any anesthetic. During treatment, a topical solution is applied to the affected area. Then, the medication in the topical solution is activated using painless light energy. This eliminates the damaged cells, effectively treating actinic keratosis.
How is Recovery from Actinic Keratosis Treatment?
Photodynamic therapy is a gentle treatment that requires very little downtime. Patients are typically able to resume work and other normal activities immediately after their appointment. In most cases, you can expect mild peeling or redness for a few days after treatment. During this time, the skin is very sensitive, so it is important to protect the skin from further sun exposure.
If you have developed actinic keratosis and are seeking treatment, you can feel confident choosing Alta Vista Dermatology. With advanced dermatologic techniques and a team of board-certified medical professionals, we provide exceptional dermatology services to the residents of Highlands Ranch and Denver, CO. Contact us today to learn more or to schedule an appointment.
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