Actinic Keratosis

Actinic Keratosis

Actinic keratosis (AK) is a dry, scaly patch that forms on the skin resulting from years of sun exposure. AK lesions can take a variety of appearances, but they are typically scaly (with a sandpaper-like feel) 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.

Actinic Keratosis Treatment

AKs should be treated as they can progress to squamous cell carcinoma. Vitalogy Skincare offers several options for the treatment of AKs, depending on a patient’s age, the number and size of lesions, success of past treatments, and personal preference.

Options for treatment include: cryosurgery (freezing of the lesions), shave removal, scraping, laser surgery, chemical peels, BLU-U Blue Light treatment, 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.

Vitalogy Skincare provides AK treatments at its nine Austin area locations: Bastrop, Burnet, Cedar Park, Georgetown, Harker Heights, Marble Falls, Pflugerville, San Marcos, and Southwest Austin.

Book an appointment to discuss treating your AK with a Vitalogy Board-Certified Dermatologist today.