Benign Growth Removal

Benign growths include many types of skin lesions that may develop on your skin. These growths do not typically present a concern to your overall health, but they can often be removed if you desire. While some types of benign growths go away on their own, you may also schedule an appointment with a board-certified dermatologist at Arlington Dermatology to have a benign growth evaluated and safely removed.

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What Types of Benign Growths Can Be Removed?

A dermatologist can safely remove many types of benign growths. These include, but are not limited to:

How Do I Prepare for Benign Growth Removal?

Preparing for your benign growth removal will vary depending on the type of growth you are having removed. Generally, you should avoid shaving, waxing, or otherwise removing hair from the treatment area before your appointment. For more specific information, review these pages on our website:

What Should I Expect with Benign Growth Removal?

The method used for your benign growth removal will depend on the type of growth you are having removed. The most common method is excision. During an excision, the skin is typically numbed using a local injectable anesthetic. Then, your dermatologist will carefully cut the growth away using a surgical blade or scissors. For larger growths, stitches are placed following an excision. 

Some other options for benign growth removal include:

  • Lancing
  • Cryotherapy 
  • Electrocautery
  • Curettage 

What Should I Expect After Benign Growth Removal?

Benign growth removal is typically a quick, uncomplicated procedure completed in the office with minimal downtime. You may feel some mild soreness or discomfort in the treated area following the procedure, but this can be controlled using over-the-counter pain medication such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen. Be sure to keep the area clean and follow wound care as directed by your dermatologist. If a benign lesion is larger and stitches are placed, you may also need to minimize physical activity for a short period following the procedure to allow for proper healing.

Schedule an Appointment 

If you have a benign growth that is irritating or unsightly, a board-certified dermatologist can help. Schedule an appointment at Arlington Dermatology to have your growth evaluated, diagnosed, and potentially removed. 

To schedule an appointment at Arlington Dermatology, please call our office or contact us online.