Removal of actinic keratosis
The lesions are plaques with 3-10 diameters, with reddish color, their surface is scaly, and they are without any complaints. They appear on the chronically sun exposed skin of the face, on the bald head, and on the earlobe. The actinic keratosis is the response of keratinocytes to sun exposure. The first step in the development of actinic keratosis is the damage of keratinocyte DNA which leads to disturbed cell division. It is a precancerous state: after 2-3 years, in 10% of the cases lead to the development of a skin cancer called carcinoma planocellulare.
The therapy is necessary to prevent the cancer development. It can be treated with local cytostatic agent, with carbon dioxide laser and with cryotherapy.
We make the surgical removal of actinic keratosis with carbon dioxide laser vaporization
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The mode of action of carbon dioxide laser in the removal of actinic keratosis
The light of the carbon dioxide laser is absorbed in water that is found in every human tissue. During the absorption heat evolves, the cells boil and explode. In the case of actinic keratosis the carbon dioxide laser evaporates the disturbed tissues.
The carbon dioxide laser vaporization has several advantages in the removal of actinic keratosis for the patient and the physician too
- It is absorbed in 0,1 mm depth in the skin so its effect can be controlled with great accuracy.
- There is no need to make suture.
- The operation is quick so the burden for you is minimal.
- The laser light obstructs the small blood and lymphatic vessels so there are no bleeding during the operation.
- You can very rarely feel pain after the operation.
- The laser light destroys the pathogens on the surface of the skin so the wound surface will be sterile.
- The wound heals quickly and with cosmetically good results.
- You can do the simple bandage exchange at home based on the written paper about it.
How is made the removal of actinic keratosis by carbon dioxide laser?
The operation can be done with local anesthesia using lidocain injection. The time of the operation is between 5-15 minutes depending on the number and the size of the actinic keratosis.
You have to do the followings after the carbon dioxide laser removal of actinic keratosis
After the operation there will be serous discharge. The healing time is usually between 7 and 10 days. You have to wear a bandage during the healing time. Sunscreen using with at least 30 SPF for at least 3 months to prevent the brown discoloration is mandatory. You have to keep off from direct sunbathing and especially solarium use for at least 3 months.
The followings happen after the removal of actinic keratosis by carbon dioxide laser
The pink color after the healing is part of the normal healing. It indicates that the healing has completed and it usually resolves in 4 weeks spontaneously. The removal of actinic keratosis by carbon dioxide laser vaporization is a safe process but you have to follow the written bandage process to prevent the side effects. The side effects are rare and they are the followings: bleeding, pain, inflammation around the wound.
In some cases the removal actinic keratosis by carbon dioxide laser is contraindicated
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Visit: 25 000 HUF
Operation: the first lesion: 30 000 HUF, between 2-4 lesion: : 20 000 HUF/piece, above 5: custom price