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Actinic Keratosis in Miami, FL

Actinic keratosis can become cancer if left untreated. At Miami Dermatology and Laser Institute, board-certified dermatologist, Jill Waibel, MD, FAAD, treats actinic keratosis on people living in Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Kendall, FL, to prevent it from turning into skin cancer.

What is Actinic Keratosis?

Actinic keratosis are small, scaly dry patches that appear on areas of the body. They are typically seen on areas that are prone to overexposure from the sun or tanning beds. Actinic keratosis is considered precancerous in that if they are left untreated, they often turn into squamous cell carcinoma; however, they are easily treated.

What Causes Actinic Keratosis?

Virtually all cases of actinic keratosis are caused by overexposure to the sun. People more prone to actinic keratosis include those with fair skin and freckles as well as people who spend a lot of time outdoors. Because the overexposure to the sun is cumulative, it is important to wear SPF clothing and sunscreen.

How is Actinic Keratosis Treated?

Actinic keratosis is typically treated by freezing the lesions with liquid nitrogen or topical treatments. The treatment is sprayed on the lesion and left for about five to 10 seconds and thawed. If necessary, treatments may be repeated a few weeks later until the lesions are eliminated. In instances where actinic keratosis does not disappear, it may be excised and biopsied to determine if the lesion has turned into skin cancer.

What Should I Expect from Actinic Keratosis Treatment?

When detected and treated early, actinic keratosis is typically removed with no further concern. The key is treating it before it becomes squamous cell carcinoma. It is important to have regular exams because those prone to actinic keratosis may have repeat bouts of the condition.

Am I a Good Candidate for Actinic Keratosis Treatments?

If you have whitish, scaly patches on areas of your body exposed to the sun, you may be a good candidate for actinic keratosis treatments. It is essential to schedule a consultation with one of our dermatologists for a full body skin exam. If actinic keratosis is diagnosed, it can be treated during that appointment.

The board-certified dermatologist at Miami Dermatology and Laser Institute effectively treat people living in Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Kendall, FL, and nearby cities, who suspect they have actinic keratosis before it becomes a form of skin cancer. If you are concerned with the appearance of scaly or questionable patches of skin, we recommend you contact us to schedule an appointment for a consultation and treatment today.