Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer, often caused by prolonged exposure to harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays from sunlight. Over time, sun exposure can cause both harmful and non-harmful, or benign, effects on the skin, resulting in conditions from freckles to melanoma. So, when you notice a change in your skin, whether a mole or some other kind of growth, how do you know whether you should see a dermatologist? And what skin changes should you be concerned about in the first place? Let’s explore and learn about the signs of benign skin growths.
Benign Skin Growths
When moles, freckles, and other changes in the appearance or feel of skin are not cancer, they are generally referred to as benign. Common benign skin growths include cysts, keloids, and lipomas, but there are many other benign skin growths that you can develop as well. These lesions can be symptomatic, cosmetically bothersome, or both. There are several treatment options to address these benign skin growths which may include:
- Topical application or injection of steroids
- Destruction with a laser or controlled electrical current
- Liquid nitrogen (to freeze it off)
- Surgical removal
The most appropriate treatment option for you is determined by the type of benign skin growth, your medical history, and your specific skin type.
When to See a Dermatologist for a Skin Growth
Not all skin growths are an indication of potential danger. However, there are some forms of skin growths that can be cancerous or pre-cancerous, meaning they can develop into cancer if not treated. If a spot or condition develops on your skin suddenly and fails to heal or disappear on its own in a few weeks, it may be a concern that should be evaluated by a board-certified dermatologist. Additionally, if you have a skin growth or mole that is painful, itchy, or bleeds, you should likely follow up with a dermatologist to rule out a potentially serious medical problem.
Ultimately, there’s no “100% right” time to see a dermatologist about a concerning skin condition, but if you’re worried about something that’s developed recently, it is usually best to play it safe and have it examined by a board-certified dermatologist.
Get Superior Benign Skin Growth Treatment from the Most Trusted Dermatologists in Arlington
No matter what condition you may be concerned about, from cosmetic to cancerous, our board-certified dermatologists, Dr. Coyne and Dr. Livingood are here to help you get the treatment you need at a cost you can afford. We work with a wide variety of insurance providers and offer affordable treatment options for all your dermatological needs. Whether you’re worried about a new growth or change on your skin, want to consider a cosmetic procedure, or simply want to treat your skin with the best, professional-grade products, Arlington Dermatology is here for you. Schedule your appointment by calling our office or contacting us online today.