doctor treating a patient with skin growths

Skin Growths

Skin growths develop into many different shapes, sizes, and colors. While most are benign, some can be dangerous to your overall health. It’s always important to seek care from a board-certified dermatologist to diagnose and treat a skin growth.

You may have multiple types of lumps 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)


patient receiving skin growth treatment at Scherl Dermatology

Skin Growth Treatments

doctor treating skin growths on the patient's hands


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)
  • Hyfrecator/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 skin growths that is usually very routine and should be discussed with your dermatologist. However, it’s highly 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. For more information, contact our office today to schedule your consultation.


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