What are Skin Growths?
There is a gamut of benign skin growths we encounter in the clinic. Skin tags and seborrheic keratosis are two of the common lesions we see. Skin tags are flesh colored lesions typically seen on the neck, the armpits, below the breasts and even the groin. These are usually asymptomatic but at times may be itchy or irritated. Seborrheic keratosis also known as stucco keratosis or “barnacles” typically occur as we get older. They may be flesh to dark colored lesions, dry to oily, smooth to rough, and may present anywhere on the body, including the scalp. With the dark coloration, some mistake them as moles or skin cancers. A variant of seborrheic keratosis is dermatosis papulosa nigra. These lesions typically affect the face in patients of color (think Morgan Freeman). Although seborrheic keratosis are benign, a shower of these growths may portend an underlying malignancy. Evaluation by a keen dermatologist, such as Dr. Aspacio may ease your anxiety about these lesions.
These lesions, skin tags and seborrheic keratosis, are benign and do not require removal. However, when these are irritated or cosmetically unacceptable, they may be removed by simple excision. Other options include destruction by electrocautery, cryotherapy and laser.