What is seborrheic keratosis?Dr. Mary Lupo describes seborrheic keratosis as a common growth on the skin that is known for developing in one’s later years. Patients can develop just one or several during their lifetime. These growths can range in color but are typically seen as tan or brown. While these lesions look like warts, they are not. They are not contagious and can develop anywhere on the body except the soles of the feet and the palms of the hands. They can be unsightly or can irritate patients, which is when patients often visit our practice to learn about methods of removal.
In the past, patients have had their lesions burned, frozen, or even scraped off the skin. While effective, this often left behind skin discoloration and is commonly uncomfortable for individuals. So, in 2016, Dr. Mary Lupo had the opportunity to participate in the FDA clinical trials for a new solution called ESKATA. This is the first and only topical treatment option for patients with seborrheic keratosis that was approved by the FDA.
Patients who have had ESKATA treatments performed by our team starting in 2018 have enjoyed amazing results. Treatments are simple and painless and requires the doctor to administer a treatment that has prescription-strength hydrogen peroxide of approximately 40%. Dr. Mary Lupo or Dr. Skylar Souyoul will apply this topical treatment to the raised seborrheic keratosis with an applicator that looks like a soft-tipped pen device.
Over time, typically within a few months, the seborrheic keratosis will develop into a scab and will fall off the skin. Some patients may need to return for a second treatment to achieve the final results, depending on the size of the growth and the way it reacts to the treatment. A benefit of this treatment is that after the growth falls off the skin, there is typically no discoloration that develops on the skin. This ensures there is no sign left behind that the growth was even present!
Am I a candidate for ESKATA?ESKATA is a treatment that is often well-tolerated by patients of all skin types, and many of our patients do not describe any discomfort. Some common side effects may occur, and include:
If you are bothered by unsightly seborrheic keratosis and want to seek a solution that is safe and effective, we encourage you to contact our office to schedule a consultation with one of our board-certified dermatologists. We can be reached by calling (504) 777-3047 or emailing our practice at firstname.lastname@example.org.