There are many types of lesions and growths, and treatment must begin with a correct diagnosis. This starts with a consultation at Palo Alto Laser and Skin Care, where a treatment plan is developed based on the diagnosis and patient goals. Some of the most common growths and lesions include moles, actinic keratosis, sebaceous hyperplasia, seborrheic keratosis, cysts to just name a few.
TREATMENT FOR MOLES, SEBORRHEIC KERATOSES,
AND OTHER LESIONS AND GROWTHS
Not every lesion and growth requires removal and treatment for health and safety. However, a number of our clients choose to remove their skin lesions for purely esthetic reasons. The kind of the treatment is dependent on the type of growth and varies case by case. However, some of the most common treatments include
Types of Treatments for Skin Lesions and Growth Removal:
- Liquid Nitrogen (LN2)
- Shave, punch, or excisional biopsy/removal
- Incision & Drainage (abscess)
- Vbeam (angioma only)
These treatments are fast and comfortable, with topical and/or injected anesthetics used when warranted to ensure a pain-free experience. However, clients who are anxious about such procedures can always request Pro-Nox. Pro-Nox is a blend of nitrous oxide and oxygen that wears off quickly so you can safely drive afterward. Additional numbing agents are also available. Patient comfort is always a priority.
Moles are diagnosed by their appearance. Some atypical moles may be cancerous or pre-cancerous, so it’s important to see a medical provider immediately if the mole is changing in appearance, occurs after the age of 40, or does not follow the ABDCs of healthy moles:
- A: Asymmetry. Healthy moles are usually symmetrical all the way around.
- B: Border. Borders of healthy moles should be not only symmetrical, but clearly defined.
- C: Color. A healthy mole usually has the same color throughout.
- D: Diameter. A mole is suspicious if it is larger than 6mm, about the size of a pencil’s eraser.
Most common types of skin lesions and growths:
This commonplace skin growth comes in many forms and shapes and is easily treatable. This non-cancerous lesion most often presents as a brown or black spot. Older adults are most likely to have seborrheic keratosis and this growth tends to appear in multiples.
This growth is precancerous and requires swift medical attention. It usually presents as a scaly growth and is caused by sun damage. Another term is solar keratosis and you can usually find it on the face, backs of the hands, and other areas of the body that are routinely exposed to UV damage. Actinic keratosis is quick and easy to treat, but a biopsy is sometimes necessary.
There are different types of warts and most are caused by a type of human papillomavirus. Warts are highly contagious and can even spread from one part of a person’s body to another region. They are usually painless, but treatment is often recommended in order to stop the spread and treatment depends on the wart type and location.