Common Skin Growths
Age Or Liver Spots
These are flat, brown areas are called lentigines (singular: lentigo). They are caused by sun damage as well as the aging, and have nothing to do with the liver. They typically appear on the face and other areas that receive excessive sun exposure such as the back, hands, and feet. They are generally harmless. They may resemble melanoma and therefore may require evaluation. Commercial creams marked to fade the spots will not make lentigines disappear. Cryotherapy with liquid nitrogen or laser therapies can help reduce the appearance these spots. One to four treatment sessions are typically needed to clear these skin lesions, all though new spots will continue to appear with age.
Broken Capillaries Or Telangiectasia
These dilated (expanded) blood vessels may be caused by sun damage. Telangiectasia respond to the same treatments as other angiomas (damaged blood vessels). One to three laser treatment or electrocautery sessions are typically necessary to clear these skin lesions.
These are small, raised bumps that are bright red. They are caused by dilated blood vessels and are harmless. They are found in more than 85 percent of middle-aged and elderly people. They are usually found on the upper body. Laser surgery, electrocautery, or other surgical therapies are safe and effective ways to remove these spots. One or two treatment sessions are normally required to clear these skin lesions, although new lesions will continue to appear with age.
These black or brown raised spots frequently resemble warts and can appear as if they were stuck to the skin’s surface. In some cases there may only be one growth while in other cases they can occur in clusters. They are neither cancerous nor contagious. Many patients request their removal because they can be unsightly. Ointments, creams, and other medication cannot cure or prevent seborrheic keratoses. Your dermatologist can easily and safely remove Seborrheic keratoses using techniques such as cryosurgery, electrosurgery, or curettage. Depending on the treatment option, one to four treatments are typically necessary to clear these skin lesions, though new lesions will continue to appear with age.
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