What are Actinic keratoses (AKs)?
Actinic keratoses, also known as solar keratoses are pre-cancerous lesions and appear as dry, scaly, rough or warty red, pink, brown or skin coloured patches which can sometimes itch or cause tenderness, found mainly on sun exposed areas such as the face, ears, lips, back of the hands and lower legs and are due to years of sun damage. There is a small risk that AKs can progress and become a skin cancer called squamous cell carcinoma (SCC), hence it is important to treat AKs and prevent further sun damage by using a high factor sunscreen against uva and uvb, using protective clothing such as a broad brimmed hat and clothing, sunglasses and staying out of direct sunlight when UV rays are most intense between 11am and 3pm. Although AKs are curable, new AKs are likely to develop in sun damaged areas in the future. Most patients with AKs are bothered by the appearance and roughness of their skin and are often concerned about the potential risk of one of the AKs progressing to a SCC and find treatment really helpful.
How can Dr Sewell treat Actinic keratoses?
Dr Sewell has years of experience treating patients with AKs and will put together a management plan to treat your AKs and if appropriate include treatment of surrounding areas to reduce the risk of new AKs forming and the frequency of new AK formation.
Actinic keratoses appointments in Surrey and London
Dr Sivanie Sewell offers face to face appointments as well as video and telephone consultations for the treatment of Actinic keratoses. Face to Face appointments are available at Spire St Anthony's Hospital (London), Spire Gatwick Park Hopistal in Horely (Surrey) and Ashtead Hospital in Ashtead (Surrey), convenient locations for the surrounding areas of Cheam, Surbiton, Wimbledon, Kingswood, Richmond, Dormansland, Bletchingley, Virgina Water, Mitcham, Leatherhead, Epsom, Reigate, Redhill and Dorking.
To take the first step to expert diagnosis and management of your skin condition BOOK AN APPOINTMENT with Dr Sewell today.