About Seborrheic Keratoses
Seborrheic keratoses is a common, noncancerous skin growth. Despite its unbecoming appearance, it is harmless. These skin growths differ in color, are typically oval-shaped, and are often raised to resemble the scaly look of a mole or wart. They can appear anywhere on the body but commonly appear on the back, shoulders, or chest. Seborrheic keratoses are not contagious and are common in middle-aged and older adults. Having a cluster of skin growths is also common. Measurements of these elevated growths may vary from pea-sized to quarter-sized. Since seborrheic keratoses can look like moles, examination by a professional is strongly recommended. Dermatologist Dr. Adean Kingston of Adean Kingston, M.D., PLLC in Dallas, Texas will provide a thorough skin exam and treatment options to reduce or eliminate this skin condition if desired.
Seborrheic Keratosis Reviews
"Best dermatologist yet! I've been to a few dermatologists in Dallas, and Dr. Kingston is way more thorough with her exams and treatments. She does a full body exam with a handheld, high intensity eye microscope, takes detailed notes, and has a tech take photos of all areas of the body that contain moles and spots so that when you re-visit again the future, she can read her notes and review photos for any changes. All other dermatologists I've been to the past ten years only take notes, no photos, and had me stay more fully clothed, which presents a higher risk of missing areas that should be checked. I'm used to getting spots taken off yearly and skin cancer runs in my family, so it's very important to have a thorough dermatologist! In addition to her thorough exams, her treatments are high-quality as well. She knows how to remove spots without extra skin for minimal scarring. I've had dermatologists take off spots that looked like I had chunks taken out with scars that turned dark, but not with Dr. Kingston. Even though I moved to Philly, I visit Dallas 2-3 times a year to see friends, and I continue to make my appointments with her as needed! I also appreciate that while she does a lot of cosmetic skin treatments, she has never tried to sell me on any other service and actually complimented my skin once (yes, I still have some wrinkles on my face). Her office is also the cutest office I've ever seen with modern, classy, comfortable furniture and decor with the latest hits music playing in the background. Highly recommend!!"- J.H. / Yelp / Sep 01, 2015
"Dr. Kingston is awesome - I had a mole removed off the bridge of my nose that had a appeared several years ago and was bothering me, there was minimal scaring and appears only as a freckle now, which will lighten with bleaching creams - also had a full body mole check and she removed 3 small suspicious moles (probably due to tanning beds in the late 90's : ( - I highly recommend Dr. Kingston and her staff, they're great."- A.R. / Yelp / Jan 31, 2014
"I was able to get into see Dr. Kingston on very short notice. The complex was beautiful and her office was elegant yet comfortable. Both her and her nurse were friendly and caring. I went in for my acne and therash on my arms, but she noticed my moles and recommended doing a body check (something I needed to do soon anyway based on my family history). They didn't try to push any cosmetic procedures or beauty treatments on me, and seemed genuinely interested in taking care of me. I would highly recommend!"- H.F. / ZocDoc / Jul 20, 2015
"Dr. Kingston and staff are always so friendly and knowledgeable. I went in for a couple of skin tags that were bothering me and Mia took them off quickly and painlessly while talking with me casually. Dr. Kingston injected a scaron my face with a steroid to reduce the visibility and raised skin. I’m always so nervous about needles and procedures but I left within 30 minutes of arriving! It was a pleasant experience!"- Anonymous / ZocDoc / Mar 06, 2019
"Dr. Kingston was friendly, knowledgeable and patient and thorough answering my questions. She immediately recognized lumps and bumps and moles as clearly explained everything she found - and even had her tech write down derma words for me so I could leave with information about my skin. I was definitely impressed by my first visit and will be back!"- Anonymous / ZocDoc / Sep 18, 2019
The cause of seborrheic keratoses is unknown. In most patients, irritation may occur due to its raised nature, but generally it does not itch or cause discomfort. It's important to be aware that tight clothing may worsen the condition, so avoid friction or rubbing your clothes against these raised skin lesions. Accidently scraping, scratching, or puncturing seborrheic keratoses may be painful and lead to bleeding. Although it's common to have slightly elevated growths, they may also be flat. The discoloration of seborrheic keratoses varies from black, brown, tan, yellow or white. The texture of these skin lesions also vary from waxy to rough and scaly or even scab-like in consistency.
A seborrheic keratosis usually looks like a flat waxy or raised wart-like growth. The raised warty SKs typically appear on the face, chest, shoulders, or the back of the body, and the flat waxy variety tends to favor the extremities. You may develop a single growth or a cluster. A seborrheic keratosis:
- Varies in color, usually from light tan to brown or black
- Is round or oval in shape
- Has a characteristic "stuck on" look
- Is flat or slightly elevated with a scaly or waxy surface
- Ranges in size from very small to more than one inch (2.5 centimeters) across
- May itch
Seborrheic keratoses aren't usually painful, but they can be bothersome depending on their size and location. Be careful not to rub, scratch, or pick at them. This could lead to bleeding, swelling, and in rare cases, infection.
Depending on the severity of the skin condition, seborrheic keratoses can be removed by laser treatment, freezing, electrodessication therapy, or scraping (curettage). Of these various treatment options available, Cryosurgery is the most common treatment and is usually very effective. This treatment for SKs uses liquid nitrogen to freeze them and then they flake off over the next few weeks. Electrodessication therapy (or electrocautery) burns the lesions with electric currents. Men and women with lighter or flat growths are recommended to have the lesions removed through scraping or curettage. After the removal of seborrheic keratoses, the skin may be discolored but this normally fades over time, especially with proper wound care. The removal of these skin growths does not guarantee that reoccurrence will not take place.
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Seeing Dr. Kingston to properly diagnose seborrheic keratoses is highly encouraged, as it can closely resemble melanoma in physical appearance. Our dedicated skin care team exceedingly strives to provide the utmost professional care. We invite you to stop by for a consultation and diagnostic testing. A simple screening can relieve your worry and set you on track toward clearer skin.