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Skin growths Dermatology Rockville MD

What is Skin Growth?

Abnormal pigmentation of the skin and Abnormal skin growths may appear at birth or develop later in life. Dermatologist or physician's clinical may be require clinical care for many types of skin growth and pigmentation disorders.


What are the types of skin growths and their treatments?

There are a lot of types of skin growths:

  • Dermatofibromas Small - Caused by an accumulation of fibroblasts, a soft tissue cells under the skin. Appears to be firm, red or brown bumps. Legs is the most common part of the body where these occur and may itch. If it become painful or itchy, Dermatofibromas can be surgically removed.
  • Dermoid cyst - Dermoid cyst is a benign tumor which is made up of sweat glands, hairs and sebaceous glands. Cartilage, teeth, and bone fragments may be present in some internal dermoid tumors. Cosmetic reason is why dermoid cyst are surgically removed.
  • Freckles - Freckles are usually present in people who have red or blond hair. Freckles that is darkened, they are flat spots that typically visible on sun exposed areas of the skin.
  • Keloids - Forms in the wound sites that appears to be smooth, firm, raised, fibrous growths on the skin. Keloids are more common in African-Americans. Treatment approaches effect on keloids is poor. To flatten keloids, Injection of corticosteroids drugs may help. Surgery or silicone patches are the other approach to flatten the keloids.
  • Keratoacanthomas Round - Appears to be flesh-colored growths that have a crater that includes a pasty material. Face, forearms, or back of the hand are the common areas that these growths tend to appear. Usually, after a couple of months it may disappear, but may leave scars. Skin biopsy may be included in the treatment to differentiate it from skin cancer. Surgical removal and/or injections of fluorouracil or corticosteroids are the other treatments that can be performed.
  • Limpomas Round - also known as oval lumps. A type of skin growths under the skin caused by fatty deposits. Often appears on the forearms, torso, and back of the neck and common in women than in men. Generally, lipomas are harmless. Biopsy may be performed if the lipoma changes shape.
  • Moles (Nevi) - These small skin marks are caused by pigment-producing cells in the skin. Moles can be raised or flat, rough or smooth, and some contain hair. Most moles are black or brown, but some are yellowish or skin-colored. Moles often respond to hormonal changes and can change over time. Most moles are harmless and no treatment is necessary. Skin cancer may be develop for some benign moles. Normal moles that is more than a half inch across are called atypical moles, atypical moles are not always round. Atypical moles appears to be tank to dark brown, on a pink background. These class of moles may occur any part of the body. Atypical mole that changes in color, shape and/or diameter, removal of the atypical mole is one of the treatments that may be performed. Sun exposure should be avoid for people who have atypical moles, since sunlight may accelerate changes in atypical moles. Physician or dermatologist consultation may be required for people that have atypical mole that have changes that may indicate skin cancer.
  • Pyogenic granulomas - Appears as red, brown, or bluish-black, excessive growth of capillaries (small blood vessels) and swelling may cause the marks to raised. After an injury to the skin are the common period where the pyogenic granulomas form. Even without treatment, some pyogenic granulomas may disappear. Sometimes, a biopsy is necessary to rule out cancer. Surgical removal is one of the treatments that can be performed.
  • Seborrheic keratosis - Appears as a flesh-colored, brown or black wart-like spots. The usual patients who have this are middle-aged and older people, seborrheic keratoses may be oval or round and look like they are "stuck" on the skin. It is rare for seborrheic keratosis to be treated. If the spots are irritated, or the patient wants them removed for cosmetic reasons, treatments may include surgery or freezing the area with liquid nitrogen.
  • Skin tags - Appears as soft, small, flesh-colored skin flaps on the neck, armpits or groin. Treatments may include freezing the tags with liquid nitrogen or surgery if the skin tags are irritated, or the person wants them removed for cosmetic reasons.

Maryland Dermatologists Dr .Matthew Katz will certainly give you his expertise. Treatment may include surgical removal by a dermatologist. See General dermatologists Dr. Robert Katz for more in informations of different types of skin growths.

Related Topics: Keloids, Nevi, Actinic Keratosis