What is seborrheic keratosis?

Seborrheic keratosis is a quite common skin growth that can look like a wart, pre-cancerous skin growth (actinic keratosis) or skin cancer – which can obviously cause worry. But even though they may not look particularly appealing, they are harmless and generally cause no pain or discomfort.

Most people who experience seborrheic keratosis develop these growths when they are middle aged or older. Because they begin at a later age (typically they can start to appear as we reach our mid-30s on into our 40s) and can have a wart-like appearance, seborrheic keratoses are often called the “barnacles of aging.”

The characteristics

Seborrheic keratosis spots can be flat or raised on your skin, with a color that is your normal tone or darker (most are tan or brown). Flat Seborrheic keratoses have a velvety or shiny texture. Over time, they may get bigger and become more abundant. They may also become thicker and raised with a waxy or rough texture. You can find these harmless growths anywhere on the skin, except on your palms and the soles of your feet. More often than not, you’ll see them start to appear on your:

  • Face
  • Chest
  • Back
  • Head
  • Neck

Treatments in NW Calgary

If you live in Calgary or the surrounding area and you have SKs, schedule a free consultation at Fresh Laser Skin Studio to receive one of the following treatments:

ReVeel CO2

An advanced ablative technology that safely removes elevated benign lesions on the skin.*
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ThermoClear Pro RF
ThermoClear Pro RF

Fast, safe and effective treatments for skin tag removal and getting rid of those annoying, rough spots.*
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Book a free consultation at Fresh Laser Skin Studio

If you have SKs that you’d like to remove, book a free consultation at Fresh Laser Skin Studio in NW Calgary. We can help you get back to healthier, fresher skin. To get started, fill out our online scheduler or give us a call at (403) 264-4494. Get fresh; your skin will thank you!

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* Individual results may vary; not a guarantee.


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