Seborrhoeic Keratosis Removal

Seborrhoeic Keratosis Removal in Our Glasgow Clinic

Seborrhoeic keratoses (SK), also known as seborrhoeic warts and basal cell papillomas, are the most common benign (non-cancerous) skin growths among older adults. Although SKs are harmless some people wish to have them removed because they think they are unsightly due their pigmented and waxy appearance. For others they can become inflamed or catch on clothing. You may have approached your GP with a view to have an SK removed but it is unlikely the NHS will carry out this procedure due the fact that they are benign.

Prior to removing an SK a thorough consultation is important to rule out skin cancer as a dark coloured SK can look similar to a melanoma.

Here at the Altruderm clinic our seborrhoeic keratoses removal procedures are carried out by Dr. McDaid following a thorough consultation using dermoscopy to examine the lesion under magnification. We send all specimens to the pathology lab for your peace of mind to confirm the doctor’s diagnosis.

Removal of seborrhoeic keratosis by Dr. McDaid, using radiowave surgery.

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How We Remove Seborrhoeic Keratosis at the Altruderm Clinic Glasgow

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During your consultation Dr. McDaid will discuss with you your aims for the procedure and make an assessment as to the most suitable technique for removal.

There are different techniques for removal of seborrhoeic keratoses which the doctor will discuss with you with the aim of producing the best possible outcome. For example curetting (scraping) the SK using a specialist device. Whatever technique is most suitable it will be carried out under local anaesthetic and it is unlikely to require stitches.

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Your consultation will allow the doctor the opportunity to examine the lesion and make a diagnosis. During the consultation your treatment options will be discussed including the risks and benefits of the procedure. Following your consultation, you will be issued with a proposed treatment outline with costs. All costs include histopathology as well as a routine follow-up appointment in the clinic with Dr. McDaid post procedure.

Removal of seborrhoeic keratosis on arm using radiowave surgery at Altruderm.

About your treatment

On the day of your procedure, following your consent, your skin will be prepped to reduce the risk of infection. Local anaesthetic will be administered to the area to be treated to ensure your comfort throughout the procedure.

Seborrhoeic keratosis removal can be carried out with a curettage device which involves gently scrapping away the growth using a medical device called a curette. This technique allows for a sample to be collected and sent for histological analysis to confirm the doctor’s diagnosis.

All minor surgical procedures carry risk including: pain, bleeding, infection of the wound, recurrence of the growth and scarring.
The proposed technique will be discussed with you prior to the surgery and will aim to produce the best outcome for you.

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After your treatment
Following your procedure you will be given aftercare advice as well as any relevant dressings to take home. Your follow-up appointment will also be arranged and your samples will be sent to the histopathology lab with a report available for yourself and your GP, if required.


Dermatology/Minor Surgery Consultation with Doctorfrom £100
Seborrhoeic Keratosis Removal
Curette and cautery
from £500
Seborrhoeic Keratosis Removal
Radiowave Surgery
from £550
Multiple Seborrhoeic Keratoses Removalprice after consultation

Procedure prices include a histopathology report for yourself and your GP, as well as a follow-up appointment with the Doctor.

Additional Follow-up Appointmentsfrom £50

On rare occasions additional diagnostic tests which incur further charges may be required to finalise your diagnosis. These will be discussed with you before proceeding and added to your overall invoice.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I get a seborrhoeic keratosis removed on the NHS?
As seborrhoeic keratoses are harmless, benign skin growths they are usually not treated on the NHS. Your GP may suggest you visit a private clinic if you wish to have them removed.
What does a seborrhoeic keratosis look like?

Seborrhoeic keratoses vary in colour from golden brown to mid brown to almost black and they can become raised and enlarged over time. They have a rough, waxy surface. They commonly appear on the trunk (chest, back, shoulders and abdomen) as well as on the head and neck. Some people can have many seborrhoeic keratoses while others may have only one.

Why is a sample of my seborrhoeic keratosis sent to the pathology lab?
We routinely send all samples to be checked histologically to confirm the doctor’s diagnosis and to ensure your peace of mind. A very dark seborrhoeic keratosis can look similar to a melanoma (skin cancer) and therefore histological confirmation important. It is advisable to have any pigmented lesions regularly checked by a qualified medical professional.
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