Our dermatology team addresses concerns about skin growths
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Common skin growths
- Actinic keratoses – These crusty, scaly growths caused by sun exposure are precancerous. They should be removed by photodynamic therapy, chemical peel, dermabrasion, cryotherapy (freezing), or surgery.
- Birth marks – Vascular lesions respond well to laser therapy.
- Cysts – These flesh-colored nodules may spontaneously rupture and flatten, but they will return if not excised.
- Moles – Moles are the result of pigment-producing cells clustering together. They can be an indication of melanoma skin cancer. Moles should be monitored, and suspicious ones biopsied.
- Seborrheic keratoses – These greasy-looking plaques can appear anywhere except palms, soles, and mucosa. They are usually treated with cryotherapy or curettage.
- Sun spots – We offer a number of non-invasive and laser treatments to remove patches of discoloration that add years to your appearance.
- Warts – Warts are caused by a virus, so they are contagious and may spread from one part of the body to another. We remove them with chemical peels, cryotherapy, or laser treatment.
You may want to have a skin growth removed for cosmetic reasons, because it is causing discomfort, or to avoid future health risk.