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Lumps and bumps can make you feel self-conscious about your appearance and even cause pain or discomfort. The good news is that there are treatments available to remove them from your skin so you can feel confident and comfortable. From lipomas to cysts, warts, and moles, our dermatologists are trained in treating all types of lumps and bumps.
Lump and Bump Treatments
Treatments for lumps and bumps depend on the exact type of lump and bump and whether or not it may be cancerous. Here’s a brief overview of the types of lumps and bumps we often see and how they’re treated.
These are common benign “fatty tumors” that are soft and mushy. They grow slowly and are painless. Sometimes they appear in awkward locations and make people self-conscious. A small excision with local numbing medicine is an easy way to remove lipomas.
Cysts are very common, benign skin growths that sometimes have a head or opening to the surface. They can get infected or inflamed and cause pain. Many people have cysts beneath the skin with no inflammation or tenderness. They often think they can pop a cyst and get rid of it.
However, true cysts have a lining, and squeezing the contents out will not resolve it. This lining must be removed to truly prevent the cyst from recurring. It’s important not to poke at, pop, or irritate a cyst because this can cause it to burst, become infected, and create a scar. Cysts are easily removed with a small excision.
Warts are common skin growths caused by a virus in children and adults. There are many ways to treat warts, but our office is dedicated to removing warts at your first visit. All too often, warts are treated by freezing the growth which requires multiple painful treatments. We believe warts are annoying to most people and they want them resolved quickly. Our protocol is to numb the area and eradicate the wart completely at your first visit with combination therapy.
Not all moles are dangerous or cancer-prone. Some moles are simply cosmetically undesirable. We can remove moles without scar formation by shaving it flush with the surface (if it is flesh-colored), or, if it is brown or pigmented, by excising the mole with the core. Simple mole removal from the face can make a big difference in cosmetic appearance, and it can be very gratifying.