Seborrheic Keratosis: Brown Wart Removal Birmingham

Wait a minute, that bump has not always been there—I’m sure of it. If this sounds like something you’ve said, you’re definitely not alone. As we age, wart-like bumps can appear on our faces and bodies that we didn’t have before. These bumps, or growths, are called seborrheic keratoses, arriving during our adult years. While that’s the technical term, you may know them by their other names like: brown warts, senile warts, wisdom warts, or SK.

What Exactly Are Brown Warts?

Brown warts, or seborrheic keratoses, suggest what they are: raised brown spots. But they can sport other colors too, including yellow, gray, black, white, or even a mix of colors. They may not be very appealing to look at, but there is some good news: brown warts carry no risk of skin cancer. Nor are they pre-cancerous. These warts are benign. The true downside to them, besides just how they look, lies with time. Over time, more growths can pop up and existing ones can thicken and grow larger, adding to their warty appearance.

Oftentimes a seborrheic keratosis looks superficially placed on skin, jutting off of the skin’s surface. They can take on a rough, warty, and even waxy sheen, with a recognizable bump-like texture. They differ from actinic keratoses, which result from exposure to the sun and can be cause for alarm: actinic keratosis may be precancerous in nature. Actinic keratosis congregates on the face and forearms, and usually present themselves as pink and scaly growths. Conversely, seborrheic keratosis seem to have some sort of genetic basis, with heredity being a prime indicator of their presence, not exterior exposure.

How Is Seborrheic Keratosis Treated?

Another vein of good news for seborrheic keratosis lies in treatment: the options are plenty and convenient. Like its warty brethren, seborrheic keratosis can be frozen off, scraped off, or surgically removed.

If you choose the cryotherapy route, the growth may turn to a blister that crusts over and peels. In a few weeks’ time, the seborrheic keratosis should fall off. There might be a slight discolored area left behind, but that should only last for a time. Thicker warts may call for several sessions of treatment.

The reasons behind wart removal may vary. While seborrheic keratosis pose no harm in terms of skin cancer, they can cause irritation, discomfort, and become itchy. Purely cosmetic purposes may also back your reasons for removal. Insurance companies don’t always agree on coverage for seborrheic keratosis; some will cover it, while others won’t.

Contact Cahaba Dermatology

Unsightly lesions like seborrheic keratosis may not harbor the risk of cancer, but they can be a point of pain in other ways. They can irritate, itch, and cause discomfort, whether that’s cosmetic or otherwise.

If you’d like to see these lesions removed, contact us at Cahaba Dermatology. We can ensure what’s really behind your bumps, and craft a tailored treatment plan to simply and safely remove them. To schedule your appointment contact us online, via our patient portal, or by phone at 205-214-7546. Come visit us in Birmingham, AL or Tuscaloosa.