Skin Growths

REMEMBER you may have multiple types of bumps and bumps  and some that may not be listed here:

  • Small, hard , white bumps (milia)
  • Enlarged oil glands (sebaceous hyperplasia)
  • Moles (nevi)
  • Barnacles” (seborrheic keratoses)
  • Red bumps (cherry angioma)
  • Pimples (acne)

Treatment Options

There are a variety of treatment options depending on many factors including your doctor’s style of practice.  Here are some of the more common therapeutic options:

  • Liquid nitrogen (cryotherapy)
  • Hyfercator/cautery  ( “electric needle”)
  • Surgical removal  ( generally done in the office with  local anesthesia)
  • Microdermabrasion
  • Chemical peels

There are many types of lumps and bumps.  

ALWAYS SEE YOUR DERMATOLOGIST TO CONFIRM A SKIN GROWTH IS BENIGN

Removal of many of these  growths that are mentioned above are usually very routine and should be discussed with your dermatologist.

It is very important to remember that the removal of benign skin growths  for cosmetic reasons is viewed by most insurance companies as NOT medically necessary and therefore is NOT covered by insurance.

 


 

Other Medical Dermatology

Barnacles

Barnacles are a very common benign growth.   See your dermatologist if you are concerned, because skin cancer can sometimes look similar to a

Moles

It is usually quite easy to remove moles surgically.  Usually there is a trade involved- removing the mole in exchange for a small scar.  If the mole

Moles, Lumps and Bumps

Never self diagnose.  If you have a growth on your skin that concerns you, see your doctor. A variety of different types of skin growths can appear

Rosacea

Many people suffer from rosacea. It is not contagious, but there is some evidence to suggest that it is inherited. There is no known cause or cure

Rash

"Rash" is a general term for a wide variety of skin conditions. A rash refers to a change that affects the skin and may appear as a red patch, small

Warts

Warts (Verrucae) are common growths that are caused by the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). These can commonly involve the fingers, hands, feet, while

Psoriasis

Psoriasis is a common inflammatory skin disease characterized by itchy or sore patches of various sizes. Often theses patches of skin have, silvery

Treatment of Actinic Keratosis - Precancer

Actinic Keratoses (AKs) are rough, scaly patches on the skin caused by excessive exposure to the sun. AKs can sometimes progress into dangerous skin

Treatment of sun damage

Long term sun exposure causes skin damage including wrinkles, age spots and change in skin texture. Over time, the sun's ultraviolet (UV) light can

Removal of benign growths (moles and cysts)

Moles or cysts  may become uncomfortable or worrisome. Proper evaluation by a dermatologist is needed before considering treatment options. Common