My Experience With Eskata: Treatment, Cost, Recovery and Final Verdict
I am a 60 year old male living in New Jersey . I have had several seborrheic keratoses in my life and have had them removed using 2 different methods: liquid nitrogen and with Eskata.
Around 5 years ago, I had 2 of my seborrheic keratoses removed at dermatologist's office in Florida (where I lived at the time). Both lesions were on my leg and they were removed using liquid nitrogen, an experience that was not pleasant. The doctor had to do two passes for each keratoses. He used this metal cylinder that blasted liquid nitrogen on the lesion. Each time my lesion was frozen, he let it thaw and then repeated it. It was extremely cold and unpleasant. It was quite similar to the feeling of a needle going through your skin. It was not unbearable, but was certainly uncomfortable. I never liked needles and having the feeling of liquid nitrogen being sprayed on my skin was just as bad.
The other thing that I hated about having my seborrheic keratoses removed with liquid nitrogen, it took nearly 6 months to heal and I was left with a small red scar. I wasn't overly concerned since the scar was on my leg and I'm not a young man, but I would have preferred a scarless technique to remove the lesion.
4 months ago, I had a seborrheic keratosis removed off the side of my face at Dr. Jeanine Downie's office in Montclair, NJ. I went into her office for another reason besides having my seborrheic keratosis removed, but the raised brown lesion on my face bothered me, so I mentioned it. I told her about my past experience having lesions removed and my concerns with having a scar on my face. She told me that a new treatment option was recently approved by the FDA for the treatment of seborrheic keratoses. The treatment was called Eskata. She said Eskata was painless and did not leave a scar and worked by using a high-concentration hydrogen peroxide solution to essentially dissolve the seborrheic keratosis. In a spur of the moment decision, I decided to go ahead with the treatment.
The treatment was quick and painless. The Eskata was inside of what looked like a pen, which Dr. Downie squeezed to crack whatever was holding the solution inside of the pen. The tip of the pen had what looked like a marker tip and the topical solution came of it and was applied to my lesion. I did not feel any pain during this process and my lesion started frosting over after the solution was applied (I was given a mirror to watch what was occurring). Eskata was then applied a second time and then the procedure was over.
My Eskata treatment cost $360 and was not covered by insurance.
Recovery After Eskata Treatment
I did not encounter any side effects after my Eskata treatment. My lesion was a dark reddish/brown for a week after my treatment and then over the course of the next 3-4 weeks, the reddish/brown faded and the lesion completely disappeared.
My Final Verdict on Eskata
Eskata works very well. It was a painless and easy topical treatment. I was not left with any scarring and did not have any unusual skin reactions to the Eskata treatment. I would not mind having any future seborrheic keratoses (I hope I don't get anymore!) removed using Eskata. I would, however, highly recommend not having them removed with liquid nitrogen though.