Seborrheic Keratoses and Skin Tags
Seborrheic keratoses are harmless and generally do not become cancerous. They begin as slightly raised, light brown spots. Gradually they thicken and take on a rough, wart-like surface. They slowly darken and may turn black. These color changes are harmless. Seborrheic keratoses are superficial and look as if they were stuck on the skin. Persons who have several seborrheic keratoses can often recognize this type of benign growth. However, if you are concerned or unsure about any growth, please call and make an appointment for evaluation. Anything that changes significantly in size or color should be evaluated.
TREATMENT: Seborrheic keratoses can easily be removed in the office if bothersome to you. For example, if the lesion itches, catches on your clothing/jewelry or is unsightly, it can be removed. Any unusual change in a lesion should prompt you to follow up with us for an evaluation. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call our office.
SKIN TAGS (acrochordon)
CAUSES: Skin tags are common skin growths of normal skin that first appear during adulthood. They begin as slightly raised, skin colored spots. They often grow on a short stalk or stem. As time goes by, more growths appear. Some people have large numbers of them. They tend to form in places where the skin rubs together such as the armpit, the neck, under the breasts or in the groin although they can grow anywhere. The chance of getting skin tags increases as you get older. People who are overweight have a greater chance of getting skin tags. Some pregnant women develop skin tags during their pregnancy but the skin tags often shrink or go away after the baby is born. The tendency to develop skin tags is inherited. Skin tags are harmless and generally do not become malignant.
TREATMENT: Skin tags can easily be removed in the office either with liquid nitrogen or surgically. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call our office.
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