Benign Skin Growths

Benign Skin Growths


While they may not be of medical concern, benign skin growths can be cosmetically bothersome, especially if they occur on a visible area. Dr. Judy Wismer offers several options for effectively treating these growths at Ancaster Dermatology Centre.

Dr. Wismer is adept at treating both medical and cosmetic dermatologic concerns. If you'd like to meet with her to discuss your condition, please call Ancaster Dermatology Centre in Hamilton, Ontario, at (905) 304-1122 to schedule your visit.

Types of Growths

Lumps, lesions, bumps, and growths are normal parts of skin 's life cycle. Some people may be more prone to them than others. Although benign skin conditions may present in a variety of ways, common growths include:

Moles: Although many moles are benign or non cancerous, you may decide to have one removed if it 's aesthetically displeasing, located in an irritating position or has the potential to become malignant in the future.

Skin tags: These tiny, flesh - colored "stalks" of skin often occur in areas of the body that rub together, such as under the arms, the neck, or between the legs.Although benign, they can cause irritation.

Seborrheic keratoses: These dark growths are often confused with moles, but present with a warty or "pasted on" appearance. They can occur anywhere on the body.

Cysts: These can be lumpy and are often irritating and infected from time to time. They can be skillfully removed so that they do not recur again.

Treating Benign Growths at Ancaster Dermatology Centre

Dr. Wismer firstly offers the expertise of distinguishing what may be benign and harmless vs potentially dangerous.  She offers a variety of treatment options that she tailors to your specific case. These include cryotherapy (freezing), erbium laser, surgical excision, cautery or a simple shave procedure. These therapies typically only require local anesthesia, and patients may return to their normal routines immediately afterward. It’s reassuring that someone with expertise in examining benign and malignant lesions can guide you through this process and to ensure safety in their removal.