Benign Skin Growths and Moles
Non-cancerous skin growths may not be medically harmful but all should be looked at by an experienced dermatology provider. Management of these growths is dependent on the appearance and behavior. We’ll professionally diagnose and treat as necessary.
What Are the Most Common Benign Skin Growths?
Scaly and brown, these spots are common and can vary in size, thickness, and location. They typically appear on the skin of mature patients. The cause is unknown but there may be a genetic pre- disposition. Treatment isn’t usually necessary unless the area is irritated or inflamed. If a patient wants the growth removed for cosmetic reasons, we use cryotherapy or curettage.
“I had mole removal. The whole appointment was quick, painless, and I felt cared for. Welcomed and greeted promptly when I walked through the door. Checked in and paid copay right away. Called back within 3 minutes, assistant took notes on medical history, left alone to get undressed, perfect amount of time then PA (Physician Assistant) Emma knocked on door, super nice and caring. Appointment was at 9:15, I was home by 9:38.”
— Olympic Dermatology medical patient, January, 2020
These growths are sebaceous glands attached to skin follicles. Small flesh-colored or yellow papules, they appear on adults’ faces most commonly and can be singular or in clusters. Treatment is primarily for cosmetic reasons and can include cryotherapy, curettage, and laser therapy.
Nevi, or moles, are common growths that can develop anywhere on the body and vary in size, shape and color. While most moles are harmless, it’s important to watch them for changes. Age, race, genetics and sun exposure are contributing factors. Only a qualified dermatology provider can say for certain whether a mole is benign or cancerous. Atypical Nevi don’t look like normal moles and appear larger, darker or multi-colored. They too should be assessed and diagnosed for potential risks and removal.
These are common, non-cancerous, round shaped lesions containing fluid and can feel firm to the touch. Some cysts are present at birth and others arise later in life. The cause is unknown but can originate from an injury or be associated with the hair follicle, like an acne cyst, oil duct, sweat or mucus gland.
Acrochordon (skin tag)
These are flesh-colored or brown soft growths commonly found on the neck, armpit, and groin. Skin tags don’t typically cause any medical concern unless they become irritated or painful when rubbed by clothing. Treatment includes a simple excision.
What Is the Treatment for Benign Skin Growths?
Most skin growths are harmless and not cause for medical concern. A dermatology provider can diagnose these lesions to determine if any treatment is necessary. Common removal techniques include excision (surgical removal), cryotherapy (freezing) or curettage (scraping off). Most treatment is considered cosmetic, unless the growths are painful or irritated.
Dr. Brazil answered all my questions. The staff were wonderful. No waiting either, I was taken in and done in short order.