Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Actinic Keratosis Treatment

Actinic keratosis may be removed with topical medications, freezing, scraping, or laser surgery. Once the skin lesion is removed, it may require 1 to 3 weeks for the area to heal.

Treatment for actinic keratosis may include:

  • Cryosurgery:
    • Freezing the skin lesions, kills the abnormal cells and they slough off.
  • Chemical skin peels:
    • Chemicals destroy the layers of skin, and the abnormal cells slough off.
  • Laser treatments:
  • Dermabrasion:
    • Scraping the skin lesion off of the surface with a rapidly moving brush.
  • Topical medication for actinic keratosis:

Actinic Keratosis Specialist

Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat actinic keratosis:

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Last Updated: Jun 3, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Actinic Keratosis References
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