Actinic Keratosis in San Diego, CA
Actinic keratosis is a skin condition that occurs after years of exposure to the sun’s harmful UV rays. With the help of dermatologist, Dr. Faryal Siddiqui, La Jolla Cosmetic Laser Clinic is proud to offer treatments for actinic keratosis to men and women in San Diego, Encinitas, La Mesa, El Cajon, and surrounding areas of California.
What is Actinic Keratosis?
Actinic keratosis is a pre-cancerous skin condition that’s characterized by scaly, red legions along the skin. Because it is caused by overexposure to the sun’s harmful UV rays over a period of years, actinic keratosis does have the potential to turn into cancer if it is left untreated. For this reason, we ask all of our patients to keep an eye on their lesions to ensure they do not spread or change in color. While actinic keratosis typically affects men and women later in life, it’s important to be aware that it can affect anyone with excess exposure to the sun.
What Causes Actinic Keratosis?
The main cause of actinic keratosis is overexposure and damage caused by UV light. Patients who are fair-skinned, have light features, use tanning beds, live in sunny environments, and/or do not use SPF while outside for long periods of time are at a higher risk of developing actinic keratosis.
How Do I Know if I Have Actinic Keratosis?
Actinic keratosis is most commonly characterized by the appearance of scaly, red patches of skin along the scalp, hands, arms, face, ears, back, and shoulders. While this condition will look slightly different on everyone, some important features to note include:
- Raised, scaly patches
- Sandpaper texture
If you believe you have actinic keratosis, we encourage you to come in for a private consultation with Dr. Siddiqui. She’ll be happy to evaluate your skin’s condition and develop a personalized treatment plan for you based on your diagnosis.
How is Actinic Keratosis Treated?
Because everyone’s skin is different, each actinic keratosis treatment will be tailored to the patient. Actinic keratosis treatments may include medication or removal of the lesion. During your private consultation, Dr. Siddiqui will develop a personalized treatment plan to help you address your actinic keratosis and achieve the beautiful, healthy skin you deserve.
How Much Does Actinic Keratosis Treatment Cost?
The cost of your actinic keratosis treatments will vary depending on the extent of treatment needed to achieve your desired results. La Jolla Cosmetic Laser Clinic accepts coverage from most insurance plans. To get a more accurate estimate of your treatment cost, we encourage you to come in for a private consultation.
Treat your actinic keratosis and say hello to beautiful skin. To learn more about actinic keratosis treatments for men and women in San Diego, Encinitas, La Mesa, El Cajon, and surrounding areas of California, contact us at La Jolla Cosmetic Laser Clinic today to schedule a consultation.