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    Actinic Keratosis

    What is Actinic Keratosis

    Actinic keratosis is a premalignant condition of thick, scaly, or crusty patches of the skin. It is more common in fair-skinned people. It is associated with those who are frequently exposed to the sun, as it is usually accompanied by solar damage. Since some of these pre-cancers progress to squamous cell carcinoma, they should be treated. The scaly or crusty part of the bump is dry and rough. The growths start out as flat scaly areas, and later grow into a tough, wart-like area. An actinic keratosis site commonly ranges between 2 and 6 millimeters in size, and can be dark or light, tan, pink, red, a combination of all these, or have the same pigment as the surrounding skin. It may appear on any sun-exposed areas.

      Signs and Symptoms

    • It may appear on any sun-exposed area, such as the face, ears, neck, scalp, chest, backs of hands, forearms, or lips.
    • Usually more than one lesion is present.
    • Have a rough texture.
    • Itch, burn, or sting.
    • Range in size from 1mm to 3mm or larger (about the size of a small pea)
    • Be numerous, with several patches close together.
    • Be surrounded by red, irritated skin.


Sun-exposed skin
It is seen most often in pale-skinned, fair-haired, light-eyed people, beginning at age 30 or 40 and becoming more common with age.


Early treatment of actinic keratosis is recommended to stop the possible progression to a type of skin cancer (squamous cell carcinoma).
CyroPen: This is the state‐of‐the‐art treatment modality that freezes the lesion to ‐130F. The rods in the Helium cooled devise come in various diameters 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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