Do you have raised age spots, otherwise known as Seborrheic Keratoses (SK)? While these waxy, wart-like growths on the skin are actually harmless, many patients want to have them treated or removed for cosmetic reasons. After all, they are called “age spots” for a reason, right? At the Laser and Skin Surgery Center of Indiana, located in Indianapolis, we now offer a newly FDA-approved SK treatment known as Eskata.
Eskata for Seborrheic Keratoses/Raised Age Spots
Eskata is a prescription-strength hydrogen peroxide topical solution, FDA-approved to treat SK age spots. The biggest complaint about SK age spots is that they make patients look older than they feel. Many patients report using heavy makeup application and strategic hairstyles in an effort to cover up the spots.
Before Eskata, dermatologic surgeons would treat diagnosed SK age spots using:
- freezing: use of extreme cold on a targeted area of the skin
- curettage: a surgical method that utilizes scraping
- laser skin resurfacing: focused light on the raised age spots to remove them
- electrosurgery: an electric current is used to destroy tissue, which also helps control bleeding
With Eskata, we are able to treat raised age spots non-invasively using a soft-tipped pen-like applicator. Applied directly to the SK, the hydrogen peroxide creates a localized reaction that smooths texture and reduces pigmentation of the treatment area. After just two treatments (on average) and an average of 106 days, SK age spots fade or disappear.
Eskata for SK Age Spots, As Seen on The View
Eskata Treatments: What to Expect
Before prescribing Eskata, your dermatologic surgeon will diagnose your age spots as raised Seborrheic Keratosis. If your raised age spots are indeed SKs, you and your dermatologic surgeon will discuss your options, including Eskata. If you and your doctor agree that Eskata is right for you, your treatments will begin.
During your treatment, your dermatologic surgeon will apply Eskata to your raised SKs. Most patients require two applications, although some may need more to see full results. Over time, you will see your SKs scale, flake, and fade away. After 106 days (seen in clinical trials), your SKs will be almost or completely unnoticeable. Patient results vary, so it’s important to discuss expectations for your results with your dermatologist.
Frequently Asked Questions About Seborrheic Keratosis, Age Spots, and Eskata
Below are the most frequently asked questions about SK age spots and Eskata treatments. For a clearer understanding of how Eskata will work for you, schedule a consultation or call the Laser and Skin Surgery Center of Indiana to learn more. Individual results vary and not all patients are good candidates for Eskata treatments.
- How do I know if my age spots are Seborrheic Keratosis?
- Does Eskata treat all kinds of SK age spots and skin spots?
- How is Seborrheic Keratosis different from Actinic Keratosis?
- What causes SKs? Can I prevent them?
- Where do SK age spots appear?
- How does Eskata work to remove raised age spots?
- How long before my age spots disappear?
- What are the side-effects of Eskata? Are there any downsides?
- Am I a good candidate for Eskata treatment for raised age spots?
- Will my insurance cover Eskata treatments? How much does it cost?
- Can I apply Eskata on my SKs at home?
- Can age spots come back after treatment?
- Where can I learn more about Eskata and other treatments for age spots?
How do I know if my age spots are Seborrheic Keratosis?
A dermatologist must diagnose your spots as seborrheic keratosis. Most SKs look like waxy or wart-like spots on the skin with darker pigment than your regular skin tone. They can be raised or flat. If you have any spots on your skin, have them evaluated by a dermatologist.
Does Eskata treat all kinds of SK age spots and skin spots?
No. Eskata only treats raised SKs. Eskata is not approved for use on flat age spots. For flat spots, ask us about other treatment options, such as laser skin resurfacing.
How are Seborrheic Keratosis different from Actinic Keratosis?
Seborrheic Keratosis are non-cancerous while Actinic Keratoses are what we call “pre-cancerous.” AKs are caused by sun damage and require removal to prevent them from becoming cancerous. SKs are not caused by sun damage.
What causes SKs? Can I prevent them?
SK age spots are often genetic and a normal part of aging. There is no known way to prevent SKs from forming.
Where do SK age spots appear?
SK age spots most often appear on the face, hairline, and neck. Many patients also get these age spots on the chest and back. However, you can get SKs almost anywhere on your body. If you have spots on your palms or soles of your feet, they are not Seborrheic Keratosis. Regardless, any and all suspicious spots on your skin should be evaluated by a dermatologist.
How does Eskata work to get rid of raised age spots?
Eskata’s proprietary solution contains prescription-strength hydrogen peroxide. Applied directly to raised seborrheic keratosis, the topical solution breaks down the age spots texture and color, revealing smoother skin tone and texture. It’s a relatively painless procedure that requires no numbing, needles, or cutting and is applied using a soft-tipped pen.
How long before my age spots disappear?
With Eskata, SKs fade over time with a minimum of two treatments. Full results are most often seen 106 days following the start of Eskata treatment. However, it is important to discuss expectations with your doctor, as individual results vary.
What are the side-effects of Eskata? Are there any downsides?
Most common side-effects are often evidence that the Eskata is working. Patients can expect to experience skin scaling, swelling, redness, crusting, itching, and stinging. These side-effects are completely normal. If you experience pain or blistering during or following Eskata, notify your dermatologist right away.
Because Eskata can cause serious damage to the eyes, it should not be used on SKs near the eyes. You can discuss safer treatment options with your dermatologist for age spots near your eyes.
Overall, Eskata does not have serious side-effects in most patients and is preferred over surgical SK removal.
Am I a good candidate for Eskata treatment for raised age spots?
Once a board-certified dermatologist diagnoses your raised age spots as Seborrheic Keratosis, you are likely a good candidate for Eskata as long as your SKs aren’t too close to the eye area. Eskata can cause serious injury to the eyes, so we recommend that you discuss other options with your dermatologist if you’d like to remove age spots near your eyes.
The best way to find out if Eskata is right for you is to schedule a consultation with Dr. C. William Hanke, our board-certified dermatologist at the Laser and Skin Surgery Center of Indiana.
Will my insurance cover Eskata treatments? How much does it cost?
As Seborrheic Keratosis isn’t a medical condition that requires treatment, Eskata is an elective cosmetic procedure. It is therefore not covered by insurance. Cost varies depending on how many age spots are treated during your appointments and how many applications you will require to see results. For a better understanding of the costs associated with Eskata, call our office.
Can I apply Eskata on my SKs at home?
No. Only medical professionals can apply Eskata. For best results, see a medical provider at a dermatology practice.
Ready to Reduce the Appearance of Seborrheic Keratosis?
Whether your age spots are raised SKs or not, we have a variety of treatment options available to reduce the appearance of spots and uneven skin tone and texture. Contact us to schedule a consultation. Our team will evaluate your skin, provide a diagnosis, and recommend different treatment options to provide you with the best results.