Keratosis Removal in Miami

Keratosis Removal in Miami

Keratosis removal is a common dermatological procedure aimed at eliminating benign skin growths known as keratoses. These small, rough, and often raised lesions can develop on various parts of the body due to the accumulation of keratin, a protein that protects the skin. Though typically non-cancerous, keratosis can cause discomfort, itching, or become cosmetically bothersome.

The removal process is typically performed by a skilled dermatologist or healthcare professional in a clinical setting. Several methods may be employed, including cryotherapy, where the keratosis is frozen off using liquid nitrogen, or curettage, which involves scraping off the lesion with a specialized tool.

Avana Plastic Surgery is a world-class clinic offering keratosis removal in Miami. Discovering a hard, scaly patch on your skin can be alarming. Discovering that it can be removed using a noninvasive, routine procedure can be a relief. Our respected board-certified surgeons and friendly staff are ready to help you explore easy options for keratosis removal in South Florida. Take a look at what to expect!

What Is Keratosis?

Many alarming-looking lesions on the skin are actually caused by a fairly common skin condition called keratosis. Keratosis is the result of keratin in the skin forming a scaly plug that blocks a hair follicle. Keratin is a natural protein that keeps our skin protected from infection. In fact, it's a main substance in hair, nails, and skin. When it builds up, keratin forms a rough, bumpy patch on the skin that can take on either a horn-like or mole-like quality.

Types of Keratosis We Treat

At Avana Plastic Surgery, we offer surgical removal for both seborrheic keratosis and actinic keratosis.

Who Gets Keratosis?

Anyone is at risk for keratosis. Of the two forms of keratosis, seborrheic keratosis is more likely to appear in younger people. While people over age 50 are most likely to develop seborrheic keratosis, it's also seen in children and teens. Actinic keratosis is more common in people over age 40. People who have spent lots of time in the sun are at higher risk for developing actinic keratosis.

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Symptoms of Keratosis in Patients

The top symptom of keratosis is a patch of skin that is visibly different from the rest of the skin. Actinic keratosis will produce a slightly raised, scaly, crusty, or rough bump on the skin with a horn-like quality. While the growth is generally painless, some people do experience itchiness, rawness, irritation, or bleeding. The telltale sign of seborrheic keratosis is a slow-growing round or oval-shaped patch of discolored skin that is either waxy or bumpy. Of course, it's important to see a dermatologist after noticing any changes in your skin.

How to Remove Keratosis

Patients experiencing keratosis have a number of options for removal. Following an examination, the surgical team at Avana Plastic Surgery can recommend an option that will produce the best results with as little downtime as possible. Keratosis removal is generally a fast, noninvasive process. Here's a look at different methods used for keratosis at our Miami plastic surgery clinic.

Recovery After the Procedure

Recovery will depend on the removal method used. Laser and cryotherapy involve essentially no pain or downtime. Both options also reduce risks for scarring or infection. When curettage and shave excision are used, wound healing typically takes three to six weeks. Patients will need to monitor and clean wounds and scabs during the healing period.


While it's impossible to provide a quote for keratosis removal from a Miami doctor without an examination, the cost for this in-office procedure starts at $250. During an evaluation, a surgeon will determine the best removal option based on the characteristics of the keratosis lesion, patient preference, and other factors.

Contact Our Specialist Today

There's no need to live with visible keratosis that is making you feel self-conscious or uncomfortable. These lesions will not resolve organically. Avana Plastic Surgery is proud to offer fast, minimally invasive keratosis removal options at our Miami clinic. Contact our office today to learn more!

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