Actinic keratoses are rough spots caused by chronic sun exposure, which can develop into skin cancer if left untreated. Baldone Reina Dermatology offers actinic keratosis treatment to patients living in Covington, Mandeville, Slidell and New Orleans, LA.
What is Actinic Keratosis?
Actinic keratosis is a skin growth that develops in response to years of sun exposure. Although they often lack other symptoms, the presence of actinic keratoses can be unwanted because of their rough or scaly appearance. They typically form on the neck, face, arms and other areas that are commonly exposed to the sun. Actinic keratoses can develop into skin cancer if left untreated. For this reason, we typically recommend the removal of actinic keratoses.
How Much Does Actinic Keratosis Treatment Cost?
If you elect to undergo actinic keratosis treatment at Baldone Reina Dermatology, you will first have a consultation with one of our board-certified dermatologists. During this consultation, we will assess your current condition in order to determine the best approach for your treatment. In many cases, the cost of actinic keratosis treatment is covered by health insurance. After developing your treatment plan and determining your health insurance coverage, we will be able to provide you with the cost of treatment.
What is Actinic Keratosis Treatment Like?
The treatment for actinic keratoses will depend on the location and size of the affected area. We typically recommend cryotherapy or photodynamic therapy combined with blu light therapy. Cryotherapy involves freezing off the affected areas of skin. Photodynamic therapy and blu light therapy use light energy to kill skin cells, preventing continued growth and the development of skin cancer. During your consultation, we will determine the best treatment for your situation and provide you with additional information on what you can expect from treatment.
What is the Recovery Period Like Following Actinic Keratosis Treatment?
The recovery period following your actinic keratosis treatment will depend in the location and size of the treatment area. Most patients are able to return to normal activities shortly after their appointment. The treatment area can take a few weeks to heal depending on the extent of treatment performed, so we may give you post-operative instructions to ensure you have a smooth recovery. However, this healing process should not prevent you from participating in your usual activities.
If you have developed actinic keratoses, contact us today to schedule your consultation and get started with treatment. Baldone Reina Dermatology welcomes patients from New Orleans, the Northshore, Covington and the nearby areas in Louisiana.