Skin cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer in the United States. Excessive exposure to the sun, sun burns, and tanning beds can damage the skin’s DNA and lead to the development of cancerous cells. Skin cancer surgery is a safe and effective way to remove most types of skin cancer.
Cysts are small, enclosed pouches of tissue filled with either liquid, pus, or air. Cysts can occur anywhere in or on the body, and are slow-growing. They tend to form around an object or particle within the skin, or when a gland becomes clogged. Cysts can grow to be quite large and often require surgery for removal.
Moles are brown or black raised growths on the surface of the skin. Common moles are made of clusters of skin pigment cells which grow together. They are usually smaller than a pencil’s eraser tip. Dysplastic nevi are a different type of mole which tend to be flatter, and can have an irregular shape.
Moles are not usually a cause for concern, but they can affect a person’s ideal appearance. Moles can be removed both for cosmetic and medical reasons.
Warts are skin growths which are usually white or off-white in color. Some feature black dots on the surface which are the ends of blood vessels.
Warts are not deadly to your health, but they are very contagious as they are transmitted by touch. They can also be uncomfortable, painful, and unsightly!
Warts can be tricky to remove because they often grow back. Over-the-counter treatments are available for both common and plantar warts. However, surgery is often the only way a stubborn wart can be completely removed without it growing back.
A lipoma is a benign (non-cancerous), fatty tumor which usually forms in the layer between the skin and muscle. Lipomas are harmless, but are removed if they become painful, bothersome, or very large. Lipomas are usually diagnosed in middle age.
Skin Tag Removal
Skin tags are similar to moles in that they are growths on the surface of the skin. The main difference is that they are usually skin-colored. Skin tags usually occur on eyelids, the neck, and armpits.
Scars might look cool on action movie stars, but most people prefer smooth, unblemished skin. Scars can result from accidents, wounds, and prior surgeries. Scar revision cannot remove scarring altogether, but reduces the appearance of scarring to better blend in with the surrounding skin.