The rough, scaly area on your skin might be a condition known as “actinic keratoses” that can be treated at Downtown Dermatology. Board-certified dermatologist Dr. Shari Hicks-Graham helps people in the Columbus and Upper Arlington area treat and manage actinic keratoses.
Also known as “solar keratoses,” actinic keratoses is caused by extensive exposure to the sun. The condition most often develops on areas that are prone to sun exposure, such as:
Because the condition may take years to develop, we most often see actinic keratoses in older adults, but anyone who spends time in the sun may develop the condition.
Although you may seek treatment for actinic keratoses for cosmetic reasons or symptom management, when the condition is left untreated, the lesion may develop into skin cancer. You can prevent the condition from developing by routinely using sunscreen. Dr. Hicks-Graham also recommends that you monitor your skin for the early signs of actinic keratoses, such as:
Treatment for actinic keratoses is appropriate for any area that develops the condition. As a board-certified dermatologist, Dr. Hicks-Graham recommends the treatment that is right for the area and severity of your actinic keratoses. She will also advise you about the likelihood of the lesion developing into skin cancer and provide guidance on ways to protect your skin from sun exposure.
Downtown Dermatology offers several treatments for actinic keratoses. Dr. Hicks-Graham may recommend:
Your treatment may require some time to fully address the actinic keratoses. You will need to use the topical chemotherapy creams consistently. Treatment for actinic keratoses using the BLU-U® system and cryotherapy may require multiple 15 to 30-minute sessions over a period of time.
Topical creams do not require any special preparation. Dr. Hicks-Graham will explain how to use the medication, as well as how to properly care for the treatment area. For actinic keratoses treatments with our BLU-U® and cryotherapy technologies, you should avoid using any lotions, makeup and other substances on your skin prior to the appointment.
Treating actinic keratoses normally does not cause any side effects. You may notice changes in your skin as the treatments take effect. If you have a more advanced case of actinic keratoses, Dr. Hicks-Graham will explain what to expect after your treatment.
Many insurance companies cover our treatments for actinic keratoses under the specialty care clause. You will be responsible for any remaining balance, such as a co-payment, deductible or co-insurance. If your insurance does not cover the treatment, you are responsible for paying the entire cost at the time of treatment. We accept cash, personal check, and major credit cards, as well as financing through CareCredit®.
Actinic keratoses can be a pre-cursor for skin cancer, so you should meet with Dr. Hicks-Graham if you believe that you have developed a lesion or noticed a change in your skin. She will examine your skin and provide you with a proper diagnosis and treatment plan.
A personal consultation with board-certified dermatologist Dr. Hicks-Graham is the best way to find out if you have actinic keratoses or another skin condition. Because early detection is important for proper treatment, contact us today to schedule your appointment.Small patches of dry, scaly skin can be related to actinic keratoses, a treatable skin condition that is caused by sun exposure. Taking care of the problem early can even prevent the lesion from developing into skin cancer. As an experienced board-certified dermatologist, Dr. Shari Hicks-Graham has the expertise you need for diagnosing and treating actinic keratoses.