What is a Benign Skin Lesion?
Should Non Cancerous Growths Be Removed?
Benign skin lesions are generally regarded as non-cancerous growths on the surface of the skin. Although these growths may not pose an immediate risk, several types may develop into a problematic issue with the passage of time and the growth of the lesion. If a suspicious lesion is discovered, it may be monitored, biopsied, or removed to reduce the risk of developing into a malignancy. As most skin cancers can be, essentially, eliminated with prompt discovery and removal, this approach is worth considering if there is any question regarding the status of a suspicious lesion. The decision to remove a non-cancerous growth involves many factors. At McKinney Skin Care Center, we will consult with you to discuss your specific diagnosis, as well as the recommended course of action for you.
Benign Skin Lesions and Tumors May Look Like Malignant Growths
Benign skin lesions/tumors/growths have an extremely diverse set of characteristics and appearances. Professional diagnosis is essential. Due to the close resemblance of several benign skin conditions to those that may be malignant or potentially fatal if left untreated, we strongly recommend that all suspicious-looking lesions be examined by a medical professional as soon as possible.
Wart, Skin Tag, Cyst and Mole Removal and Treatment
Some of the most common benign skin lesions and growths that we treat and remove in our office include:
- Nevi (Birthmarks)
- Brown Marks/Freckles
- Corns and Callouses
- Keloids and Scars
- Skin Tags
- Age Spots (Solar Lentigos)
- Sebaceous Hyperplasia
Cosmetic Treatment of Benign Skin Conditions
A correct diagnosis is critical. The physical presentation of your lesion, your medical history, any related symptoms and/or disorders, the location, growth rate, and appearance of your skin lesion are some of the factors that will be taken into consideration. In many cases, a biopsy will be performed to help determine the potential of a benign lesion to become malignant. This must be determined at the cellular level in most cases. Regardless of the malignancy potential, many patients prefer to pursue treatment of benign conditions for functional or cosmetic reasons.
Contact Henry D. McKinney Skin Care Center to schedule an appointment: (814) 944-7109.