Skin Growths

Most people develop skin growths with age. By skin growth, we mean the lumps of tissue that stick out from the skin surface. These are mostly benign but can also be a symptom of skin cancer. Hence, timely medical intervention is suggested.

Types of Skin Growth

These skin growths can be categorized as the following:

  1. Seborrhoeic Keratoses: These appear as tiny brown wart-like growths. The areas that are commonly affected by Seborrhoeic Keratoses are face, scalp, chest, and back. The main causes include genetics and age. 
  2. Skin tags: Skin tags can be commonly seen in overweight people and pregnant women. The body parts affected by skin tags are neck, armpits or buttocks, and eyelids.
  3. Sebaceous hyperplasia: These can be defined as enlarged oil glands often found in people with oily skin. They are skin-colored small bumps usually on the forehead, nose, and cheeks.
  4. Syringomas: They are small sweat gland growths found usually below and around the eyes. However, these can also affect other body parts such as armpits and umbilicus. This is more commonly found in women and family history can be a major cause. 

Treatment of Skin Growths

Fortunately, these all skin growths are quite superficial and can be safely removed as an outpatient procedure with radiosurgery or by CO2 laser. Topical anesthetic cream (numbing cream) is applied 30-45 minutes before the procedure. After the procedure, the skin usually takes about a week to recover.