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Skin Growths

Medical Dermatology & Surgical and Cosmetic Dermatology in Fenton, Chesterfield and O'Fallon, MO

Skin Growths services offered in Fenton, Chesterfield and O'Fallon, MO

Various skin growths often appear with age and might leave you wondering about potential health concerns. For cosmetic and medical purposes, the team at Missouri Dermatology Laser and Vein Center in Fenton, Chesterfield, and O’Fallon, Missouri, treats many types of skin growth using procedures like excision and cryotherapy. Find out about treatments for your skin growth by calling Missouri Dermatology Laser and Vein Center or booking an appointment online today.

Skin Growths Q&A

What are skin growths?

Skin growths are noncancerous and often fleshy or discolored, appearing on your skin. These growths are usually not a cause for concern, but when you first notice them, you might book a dermatology appointment for peace of mind. 

The team at Missouri Dermatology Laser and Vein Center examines your skin growths and can diagnose them in the office. If anything about a growth seems suspicious or like it might be cancerous, they take a biopsy to test the growth in a lab. 

Since there are multiple types of skin growth, a precise diagnosis can tell you what kind you have and indicate whether or not it needs treatment. The team at Missouri Dermatology Laser and Vein Center answers your questions about skin growths and how to manage each type. 

What are some common types of skin growths?

Missouri Dermatology Laser and Vein Center routinely treats some of the most common skin growths for patients of all ages. The team can examine, diagnose, and perform effective treatments for skin growths like:

 

Skin tags

A skin tag is a fleshy growth that’s usually attached to your skin by a stalk. They vary in size and tend to appear in areas of folded skin like your armpits, groin, eyelids, or neck. 

 

Actinic keratoses

Actinic keratoses are not cancerous but are precancerous growths that show up because of skin damage from ultraviolet (UV) light radiation. 

 

Seborrheic keratoses

Seborrheic keratoses are noncancerous growths that are usually brown, black, or tan and appear with age. They tend to appear in clusters on your chest, face, shoulders, or back. 

How are skin growths removed or treated?

The type of treatment you receive to remove a skin growth if you choose to do so depends on the diagnosis. You may have a few different options for certain growths, including:

  • Cryotherapy with liquid nitrogen
  • Shave or excision
  • Electrocautery
  • Blue light photodynamic therapy

The team might suggest combining multiple treatments depending on the type of growth you have and its size. Before your procedure, they discuss the benefits and drawbacks of each choice of treatment with you. 

To learn more about skin growths and the procedures to remove them, call Missouri Dermatology Laser and Vein Center or book an appointment online today.

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