Actinic Keratosis

Skin cancer lesion treatments are commonly required, usually due to overexposure to the sun. In fact, one of the main causes of skin cancer is exposure to ultraviolet radiation or UV rays produced by the sun and tanning lamps. Being able to recognize the early stages of skin cancer can save lives.

Actinic keratoses (AKs) are rough, scaly patches on the skin, caused by excessive exposure to the sun, which can progress into dangerous skin cancers.

AKs can become larger and thicker. These enlarged lesions may then progress to squamous cell cancers. Patients may notice increased redness, tenderness, itching and burning. Left untreated, squamous cell carcinomas may become larger, go deeper into the skin and eventually spread to other parts of the body. This results in thousands of skin cancer deaths each year, many of which could be prevented.

Afterglow Medical Aesthetics & Skin Care removes various benign skin lesions, such as skin tags, warts, capillary hemangiomas and sebaceous cysts with virtually no discomfort.

Metvix photodynamic therapy for the treatment of Superficial skin cancers.

Metvix also known as Methyl Aminolevulinate,is a topical cream is indicated for the management of Actinic Keratosis and Primary superficial Basal cell Cancer.

Metvix,when exposed to a specific wavelength of light called Light emitting diode,developed specifically for use with metvix,causes destruction of abnormal cells while sparing the healthy surrounding tissue.

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In some cases, removal with or without stitches may be more appropriate. The two basic techniques used are electric cautery and cryotherapy with liquid nitrogen.

During a consultation, Dr. Ebrahim will examine the growth to be removed and explain the recommended procedure.

Photodynamic Therapy with Blu-U and Levulan

Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) with Blu-U is used for a variety of purposes, including suspected skin cancers, sun spots and acne. The procedure has two components: a drug called levulan ALA and a light source. Levulan ALA is applied topically (directly on the skin) on the affected areas. The powerful Blu-U light source or laser is then used to activate the levulan ALA, eliminating the targeted cells.

Following the procedure, you need to protect treated lesions from the sun with a wide-brimmed hat or alternative light-opaque covering. Sunscreen will not protect against photosensitivity reactions to visible light, hence, you should stay away from sunlight for 24 hours.

The treatment is painless. Mild to moderate redness, similar to mild sunburn, may be experienced for a few days as well as possible slight flaking of the skin.

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Topical prescription medication, Aldara and Effudex

After consultation with Dr Ebrahim, she will discuss the best option for you.

Learn more about skin cancer lesion treatments. Vancouver area residents, please phone (604) 980-3993 or email us at today!