The following are some common, harmless skin growths we remove:
The are the most common benign tumor of the skin. Typically, they are rough, warty, brown lesions that vary in size and thickness. They are common in adults, more so with advanced age. When necessary, cryotherapy (liquid nitrogen), or curettage, is usually adequate treatment.
Milium are asymptomatic small white or yellow bumps that occur primarily on the faces of women. These cystic collections of protein form just under the skin surface. Treatment is usually for cosmetic reasons and consists of incision followed by expression of the contents.
Moles and Birthmarks:
Medically known as nevi, moles and birthmarks are pigmented growths that occur when pigment cells grow in a cluster instead of being spread throughout the skin. Moles may darken after exposure to the sun, during the teen years, and during pregnancy. Age, race, and genetic and environmental factors (primarily sun exposure) all contribute to the development of nevi.
Signs of atypia (cell abnormality), including melanoma:
- Irregular border
- Uneven or multiple Colors
- Large diameter (>6 mm)
These features constitute the ABCDs of melanoma. As changes in moles could be an indicator of skin cancer, you should visit us for regular skin checks. Removal of a mole is a single, in-office treatment. Surgical removal is performed by either a shave technique or an excision with stitches. The mole will then be interpreted for histologic changes by a doctor who specializes in skin pathology.
Skin tags are common, harmless, skin growths that look like ‘stalks’ or small soft, balloons of hanging skin. Males and females are equally prone to developing skin tags, though obesity is associated with skin tag development. In the case of skin tags, benign growth removal can be done with surgical scissors, or liquid nitrogen.
Enlarged Oil Glands:
Also known as sebaceous hyperplasia, enlarged oil glands are small, yellowish, smooth-surfaced bumps that develop on the cheeks and forehead. Treatment includes cryotherapy (liquid nitrogen), curettage, and laser therapy.
Cysts and Lipomas:
Cysts are usually painless and result from a buildup of oil and skin cells inside a sac-like structure. Lipomas are benign fatty tumors that grow just below the skin. Treatment for both cysts and lipomas, when desired or necessary, is surgical excision with stitches.