Evaluation of Skin Lesions in the Cosmetic Patient Made Simple: Actinic Keratosis
Actinic keratoses (AKs) are the earliest form of malignant transformation in the skin. The primary initiator of this malignant transformation is exposure to ultraviolet radiation, which explains their clinical predilection for the head and neck, dorsal hands, and extremities. Many times, patients with AKs will present chiefly with what they perceive to be a cosmetic complaint, such a dry or rough skin. In the context of an aesthetic practice, recognition of AKs has important medical implications for the patient. Left untreated, AKs can progress into invasive squamous cell carcinoma.
KeywordsInvasive Squamous Cell Carcinoma Dorsal Hand Primary Initiator Common Misperception Rough Skin
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