There are a number of different types of benign growths. Many of them have a genetic component and can be seen in generations of family members. Some of the most common growths affecting the skin include:
- Hemangiomas –Growths of blood vessel cells that often appear as red or blue papules most commonly on the head, neck and upper body.
- Lipomas – Growths of fat cells that are found in the subcutaneous fat most commonly on the neck, shoulders, back and arms.
- Nevi (or Moles) –Collections of melanocytes (cells that make pigment) that range in color from pink, tan,brown or black.
- Cysts- Sacs of keratin with an open pore to the epidermis
- Skin tags- pedunculated skin colored papules usually in folds
- Warts- viral-induced rough papules
There are a number of different methods used to remove benign growths depending on the depth of the lesion. Surgical excision and benign destruction are most commonly used; however, hemangiomas can also be treated with laser therapy.
For more information on growth removal, skin cancer screenings, and more, be sure to contact Nova Dermatology today.