Actinic Keratosis Treatment

sun_pic_TMCActinic keratosis (AKs) are skin lesions caused by the cumulative effect of solar radiation on the skin, occurring most commonly around age 50 yrs, in men more frequently, and in individuals who live in sunny climates. Each lesion has the risk of undergoing malignant transformation. It is estimated that 10% to 20% of AK’s will become squamous cell carcinomas over a 10-year period.*

Treatment first is education and instruction to avoid further damage from the sun with the protection of sunscreens for UVA and UVB. Various methods have been used, including cryotherapy, curettage and electrodissection, shave excision, excision with suture closure, application of 5-FU, laser resurfacing, dermabrasion, and chemical peels. The FDA has approved Photodynamic Therapy for the face and scalp, also used on the extremities and shoulders as an off-label modality. At The Martin Center, Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) with Levulan Kerastick has been added to traditional methods and is becoming a uniquely successful method of treating AK’s. Following application of 20% aminolevulinic acid (ALA) and incubation for an appropriate time period, illumination by the BLU-U light for 1000 seconds is initiates treatment, which is covered by Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Alabama and most other insurance providers.*

*All videos, photographs, and testimonials present possible results. There is no guarantee that your results would be the same, as individual results will vary.