Dr. Camille Introcaso is now using the Eskata pen to treat seborrheic keratoses. Do you have raised, rough spots on the face, neck, chest or other visible areas? These spots could be seborrheic keratoses, extremely common growths that appear on our skin as we age.
What is the Eskata pen?
Eskata is a new, FDA-approved, cosmetic topical solution for treatment of raised seborrheic keratoses.
How does Eskata work?
Eskata comes in a single-use pen that is applied in the doctor’s office by a doctor or a trained doctor’s assistant. One pen can be used to treat between one to ten spots, depending on the size of the spots. The area is cleaned and then the solution is applied. Over the following two to three weeks, the spot becomes red, crusted, and disappears. Most patients will require two treatment sessions depending on the size and thickness of the lesions.
Where can Eskata be used?
Eskata can be used on visible areas like the face, the hairline, the neck and the arms. The only area where Eskata cannot be used is around the eyes.
Does Eskata hurt, and is there downtime or scarring?
During the few minutes when Eskata is first applied, there is a light burning sensation that resolves quickly. Then the area is red, crusted, and scaly for a few days and takes up to 2 weeks to resolve completely. Most patients will require a second treatment that can take place about 3 to 4 weeks later. There is minimal risk of discoloration or scarring from the procedure.
How much does Eskata cost, and is it covered by insurance?
Eskata is a cosmetic procedure that is not covered by insurance. For the winter of 2018/2019, we have a special introductory price of $300 for treatment with one pen, although the pricing will depend on the individual patient’s number and thickness of lesions. Please see your Pennsylvania Centre for Dermatology provider for personalized information.
How do I know if Eskata is right for me?
It is important to talk to a dermatologist about Eskata. A dermatologist has the expertise to tell if a lesion is a seborrheic keratosis and appropriate for Eskata, or if a lesion could be a mole, freckle, or skin cancer and require biopsy or different treatment.
Please call us to schedule an appointment 267-519-0154 option 7!