Seborrheic Keratosis – Commonly referred to as “SKs,” these benign growths can be completely flat or raised. They can be tan, white, brown, or even black and are one of the most common skin complaints Seen by dermatologists. When raised they are often described as “stuck on” or similar to a “barancle.” SKs are completely benign, though they can sometimes get irritated or inflamed and then get itchy and/or enlarge. They can be removed via “freezing” with liquid nitrogen, “burning” with electrosurgery, or by shave excision (cutting off).
On occasion, skin cancer can mimic SKs and thus biopsy is indicated in such cases. If an SK is removed by shaving, the tissue is sent to a pathology lab for analysis by a board-certified dermatopathologist (skin pathologist).
For any lesion of concern we recommend you schedule an appointment with Dr. Buster.