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Skin Growths

There are a number of benign (non-cancerous) skin growths that are distinctly different from moles and skin cancers.

Sebaceous Hyperplasia

Sebaceous hyperplasia is a disorder of the sebaceous glands in which they become enlarged. Lesions present as small yellow bumps mainly on the forehead, nose, and cheeks. Sebaceous hyperplasia is benign and no treatment is necessary. For cosmetic reasons it can be treated with electrocautery (burning) or with photodynamic therapy.

Skin tags

Skin tags or acrochordon are soft fleshy growths on the skin that seem to be attached to the skin by a narrow stalk. Skin tags are typically found on the eyelids, neck, chest, back, armpits, under the breasts, or in the groin area. Skin tags are harmless but can occasionally become irritated if clothing or jewelry rubs against them. Skin tags can be surgically removed or frozen with liquid nitrogen.

Seborrheic Keratoses

Seborrheic keratoses are typically seen on the chest or back, although they also can also occur on the scalp, face, and neck. Seborrheic keratoses can be tan, brown, or black, and as they grow they tend to thicken and develop a warty surface. They tend to have a waxy appearance as well as "stuck-on" or "barnacle-like" feature which makes them look as if they are attached to the skin rather than being a part of the skin.

Fibrous Papule

Typically seen on the nose, these are small firm smooth dome shaped growths. They can be treated by shave removal or laser removal. At times a shave biopsy may be recommended to rule out a neoplasm.

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