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.  


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 Clinical Dermatology


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


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


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


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

Skin Cancer

Skin cancer is the most common form of human cancers, affecting more than one million Americans every year. One in five Americans will develop skin


Eczema is a chronic skin condition that involves irritated and itchy patches of skin. It is common in childhood but may not manifest until later


Acne is a common medical condition that affects up to 80 percent of adolescents and adults at some point in their lives. Adult onset acne has become