What are benign growths?

Unusual or new growths on the skin may be a reason for concern. Skin cancers are becoming more prevalent and developing in younger patients in their 20s and 30s. However, other skin growths may develop that are completely benign but also bothersome to the patient. Dr. Melanie Adams of the Columbia, Maryland, community can provide a proper diagnosis for benign growths and discuss possible treatment options for removal.

What are benign growths?

Benign growths can occur in childhood or adulthood and can include unwanted moles, skin tags, and seborrheic keratoses. Although these growths are not harmful, they may be unsightly.

How are unwanted moles, skin tags, and seborrheic keratosis diagnosed?

A consultation with a dermatologist is necessary to identify the specific benign condition. Same-day appointments can be arranged in some cases, and your procedure can be completed that day or scheduled as a separate appointment.

What are the treatment options available for benign skin growth removal?

Multiple treatment options are available, which are quick, attainable, and require little downtime. They may include any of the following removal options:

  • Laser removal
  • Electrosurgery
  • Cold therapy (cryotherapy)
  • Shave biopsy
  • Surgical excision

Depending on the type of benign skin growth, the severity of the growth, and your individual needs, Dr. Adams will recommend the best option for you and your budget.

What are the benefits of undergoing benign growth removal?

Removing skin tags and other benign growths can help improve self-confidence and self-image. It may also help reduce any discomfort associated with the growths, such as itching, rubbing, or irritation from clothing.

Schedule an appointment with Melanie L. Adams, M.D. P.A. today to learn more about growth and skin tag removal!

If you have a benign skin growth that you want to remove for cosmetic reasons, contact Dr. Melanie Adams of Columbia, MD, today! Her office is at 10700 Charter Drive, Suite #320, and is open to new and current patients who call (410) 910-2366 to request an appointment. Our practice serves patients in the surrounding communities of Howard County, Montgomery County, Anne Arundel County, Baltimore County, and the District of Columbia.