Actinic keratoses (AKs) are dry, scaly patches that form on the skin resulting from years of sun exposure. AK lesions can take a variety of appearances, but they are typically scaly (feeling like sandpaper) and range in color from skin-toned to reddish-brown. The lesions may be as small as the head of a pin or as large as a quarter (bigger even, if left untreated), and are considered the earliest stage in the development of skin cancer.
Because AKs can progress to squamous cell carcinoma, they are usually treated. Vitalogy Skincare offers several options for the treatment of AKs, depending on patient age, the number and size of lesions, success of past treatments, and personal preference. Options include: cryosurgery (freezing of the lesions), shave removal, cutterage (scraping), laser surgery, chemical peels, and photodynamic therapy (PDT). There are also several medications available for the treatment of AKs, and treatment regimens may vary depending on the kind of medication prescribed.
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