Actinic keratosis (AK) is a precancerous growth on the skin. It is one of the most common skin conditions treated by dermatologists in the United States and it is estimated that some 40 million people experience it each year. These growths appear most often on the face, ears, hands or on a balding head.
AK can appear as red or brown, irregular spots or patches on the skin. They are also sometimes severely raised, patchy, or even scaly.
Our team utilizes photodynamic therapy for cosmetically improving the appearance of AK growths. Photodynamic therapy is a procedure involving the application of a light-sensitizing medication (i.e., Levulan), followed by exposure to a light source which “activates” the medication.
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