Actinic Keratosis in Monroe, LA
Sun exposure can cause many types of damage to your skin, such as actinic keratosis. Also known as solar keratosis, it is considered a precursor to skin cancer. Dr. Janine Hopkins, M.D., F.A.A.D., board-certified dermatologist, offers actinic keratosis treatments for men and women in Monroe, Shreveport, the Ark-La-Miss and the surrounding areas of Northeast Louisiana.
What is Actinic Keratosis?
Actinic keratosis is a condition that typically develops before skin cancer emerges. It is caused by exposure to ultraviolet light, such as what you experience from sunlight. Without treatment, actinic keratosis becomes skin cancer.
What Are the Benefits of Actinic Keratosis Treatment?
Treatment for actinic keratosis can develop into squamous cell carcinoma if left untreated.
How Do I Know If I Have Actinic Keratosis?
Actinic keratosis has the following characteristics:
- Typically develops in areas that are exposed to sunlight
- Elevated, rough growths
- Look similar to warts
- Red, light tan, dark tan, and flesh-toned
- May be a single color or a combination of colors
- Most often detected by touch rather than visually
- Develops gradually
What Should I Expect from Actinic Keratosis Treatment?
Dr. Hopkins treats actinic keratosis with:
- Laser treatment
- Scraping or shaving the damaged tissue
- Chemical peels
- Topical medications
- Photodynamic therapy
One or more of the therapies may be needed to completely remove the precancerous tissue.
How Much Does Actinic Keratosis Treatment Cost in Monroe, LA?
Actinic keratosis treatment must be tailored to the patient in order to remove the precancerous tissue. Several factors influence the cost of treatment, such as location, severity, and nature of the actinic keratosis. We will have these details after you are examined by Dr. Hopkins, and we can discuss pricing at that time.
Be Healthy, Be Beautiful. Contact Hopkins Dermatology Today.
Actinic keratosis causes small bumps on the skin that may be mistaken for a simple cosmetic concern, such as acne. Without treatment, however, actinic keratosis evolves into skin cancer. Dr. Janine Hopkins, M.D., F.A.A.D., board-certified dermatologist, offers actinic keratosis treatments for men and women in Monroe, Shreveport, the Ark-La-Miss and the surrounding areas of Northeast Louisiana. To learn more about actinic keratosis and to be evaluated by Dr. Hopkins, contact Hopkins Dermatology to schedule an appointment.