Keratoses are crusty, scaly spots on the skin. They usually develop on the face, ears, scalp and arms or on the back of the hands, but they can appear on any part of the body, especially if it is regularly exposed to the sun.
The Micro Laser Peel is a treatment to remove keratoses that do not require the recovery time of a full skin resurfacing. Our specialist may also prescribe a Micro Laser Peel for scars, wrinkles, acne scars, lax skin and pigment problems.
The treated area will look and feel like it is sunburned on the first day. On the second day, some skin may start to slough off, leaving behind some redness that can be covered by makeup on the fourth day.
You may be a good candidate for a Micro Laser Peel if you have developed keratoses on your body where they are unsightly or cause you discomfort. Keratoses should be removed because they could be a sign that skin cancer is not far behind.
There is no dressing required after the treatment, but a protective ointment may be given. This is to act as a barrier between your skin and the air. After about two days, you can use your regular moisturizer.
During a consultation with our specialist, you may learn how to care for your skin after a Micro Laser Peel to maximize the results. The most important thing to remember is to avoid direct sunlight until the treated area is fully healed. You should avoid tanning beds and sun exposure for about one month before and after treatment.
Along with removing any keratoses that have formed on your skin, a Micro Laser Peel will also make your skin look smoother and tighter, which is especially beneficial if it is performed on your face. You may even have a more youthful appearance.
While most instances of keratoses stay benign, there are studies that show up to ten percent may change to squamous cell carcinoma. Up to 40 to 50 percent of squamous cell carcinomas invade the surrounding tissue and 2 to 10 percent of these are life-threatening.
There is no need to worry about your chances of developing skin cancer when a Micro Laser Peel is a simple and convenient way to remove keratoses. If you have many keratoses, you have a greater chance of developing skin cancer.
Talk to our experts at Dr. Yeoman’s Dermatology Office to find out if you are developing keratoses and if a Micro Laser Peel would be your best treatment option. We have locations in Paragould and Poplar Bluff. Contact us today to schedule your consultation.