Electrosurgery uses an electrical current to scrape the growth off. The area is numbed before the procedure. Curettage is a scoop-like surgical instrument that is used to scrape the growth. Curettage is sometimes used with electrosurgery.
Seborrheic keratoses can look like warts, moles, actinic keratoses, and skin cancer. They differ, though, from these other skin growths. Seborrheic keratoses have a waxy, “pasted-on-the-skin” look. Some look like a dab of warm, brown candle wax on the skin. Others may resemble a barnacle sticking to a ship.
A seborrheic keratosis isn’t dangerous, but you shouldn’t ignore growths on your skin. It can be difficult to distinguish between harmless and dangerous growths. Something that looks like seborrheic keratosis could actually be melanoma.Onset is usually in middle age, although they are a common finding in younger patients found in 18% of 15 to 25 year olds making the term senile keratosis a misnomer.