Benign Skin Growths

A benign skin growth refers to a lesion that is not precancerous or cancerous. There are a wide variety of benign skin growths. While they often do not affect your overall health, they may become symptomatic or cosmetically bothersome.

Whether your goal is diagnosis or treatment, our board-certified dermatologists can effectively address your concerns regarding benign skin growths.


Keloids are usually firm, raised, discolored scars that extend past the border of the original wound. A dermatologist can help treat your keloid and educate you on how to avoid the development of future keloids. 


There are several types of cysts, which tend to present as firm bumps or lumps that occur just below the skin. Often cysts will lie dormant for months or years, but others may become symptomatic, inflamed, or cosmetically bothersome. Your dermatologist can address your specific concerns and remove the cyst if desired.


A lipoma is a benign fatty tumor that occurs just below the skin. Lipomas are most commonly found on the neck, shoulders, back, arms, and thighs and can often be removed by your dermatologist through a simple surgery. 

Skin Tags

Skin tags are small, soft growths usually found in skin folds or around that neck. These lesions do not affect your overall health but can become irritated or cosmetically bothersome. 


Milia are most common in infants but can affect patients at any age. Milia are fine asymptomatic cysts that are trapped just below the skin’s surface, causing small white bumps. 

Seborrheic Keratoses

Seborrheic keratoses are overgrowths of skin that typically present as waxy, wart-like growths that are brown, tan, or black in color. These skin lesions are extremely common in older adults and do not affect your overall health. However, they can sometimes become irritated or cosmetically bothersome.