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    Seborrheic Keratoses

    What is Seborrheic Keratoses?

    There are several skin lesions that are very common and benign (non‐cancerous). These conditions include moles, freckles, skin tags, benign lentigines, and seborrheic keratoses. Seborrheic keratoses are skin growths that some people get as they age. These skin growths often appear on the back or chest, but they can occur on any part of the body.They grow slowly, and they may appear as single growths or in groups. Seborrheic keratoses does not spread from person to person. These skin growths are common in middle‐aged people, but they can appear as early as the teen years. There is no known way to prevent them.

      Signs and Symptoms

    • Range in color from white to light tan to black. Most are brown. Some are multi colored.
    • Range in size from tiny to larger than 1 inch in diameter.
    • Range in texture from waxy and smooth to velvety to dry, rough, and bump.
    • They can itch, bleed easily, or become red and irritated when clothing rubs them.
    • Slowly grow over time and seldom go away on their own.
      They seem to be related to sun exposure.


    • There is no known way to prevent them but research has found that:.
    • They tend to run in families.
    • They seem to be related to sun exposure.


      The treatment depends on the type of lesion. The common treatments are abrasion, cautery with acids and cryo‐treatment.

    • Skin abrasion: is the first step in treating a lesion. Lesions may have a thick callus on the outer skin. Skin abrasion uses a small abrasive device that easily and painlessly removes the thick layers of skin to prep the lesion for treatment.
    • Trichloracetic acid (TCA): For some lesions TCA is an effective treatment. A petroleum jelly will be applied around the healthy skin area of the lesion to protect the intact skin. TCA is then applied and is a clear, watery liquid that is painted on the lesions with an applicator. The lesion will turn a whitish color and shrink.
    • CyroPen: This is the state‐of‐the‐art treatment modality that freezes the lesion to ‐130F. The rods are housed in a pen which is in the Helium cooled devise come in various sizes to suit various lesion sizes. The Cryopen rod is applied to the lesion 10 seconds to 3 minutes, depending on the thickness and toughness of the lesion. The freezing will cause a blister which may last for 3 to 5 days before it scabs. The scab will fall off within 2 weeks. This skin area will remain light colored for a few months and would completely disappear, leaving no scars or discoloration.

Cryopen System

CryoPen is a state of the art treatment using extreme cold to safely and painlessly destroy unwanted moles, warts, skin tags, keloids and resistant hyperpigmentation. Useing no scalpels or chemicals, CryoPen safely, effectively and comfortably removes warts, moles, skin tags, keloids, presquamous cell carcinoma and other skin lesions. Removal is virtually pain-free with little or no scarring.

CryoPen advantages are:

No contact with dangerous cryogenic gases or liquids
No need for Anesthesia, no pain and healing without scarring
Simple, safe, economical and effective treatment
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Gavini Pediatric Clinic

26850 Providence Parkway Suite 300
Novi, MI 48374
(248) 348-4200