Moles or Nevi

Moles are common growths that occur on the skin. They represent collections of specialized skin cells called “nevus” cells.  The medical term for a mole is “nevus” for a single mole or “nevi” for multiple moles. They can be present at birth or can develop as you age and come later on in life.  Nevi …

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Psoriasis

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Warts

Warts are benign (non-cancerous) growths of the skin that can occur nearly anywhere on the body.  Warts are caused by the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) and usually come from close contact with others that have warts. They can spread from person-to-person but can also multiply and spread on the same person.  There are many subtypes …

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Skin Tags

Skin tags are also known as papilloma’s or fibroepithelial polyps. They are small fleshy outgrowths of the skin that can develop in ones ’20s, 30’s, 40’s and beyond.  The precise cause of skin tags is unknown. They may be genetically programmed; however, they often develop in patients who have put on excessive weight. They can …

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Seborrheic Keratoses

Seborrheic keratoses (SK’s) or “seb kays” are common, harmless skin lesions that typically occur on the trunk of older individuals. They are also referred to as senile warts, brown warts, age-spot, or barnacles.   They represent the benign proliferation of epidermal cells and are the most common of all skin growths. The cause of SK’s is …

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Dermatosis Papulosa Nigra

These are small, black, keratotic warty growths that occur on the face in individuals with darker skin. They represent benign variants of seborrheic keratoses and pose no risk of becoming skin cancer. There is likely a genetic predisposition to dermatosis papulosa nigra as patients often report that a family member had similar lesions.  They usually …

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Dermatofibroma

Dermatofibroma is a benign skin lesion that typically occurs on the lower extremities of middle aged-women.  Its cause  is unknown but it is thought to develop in response to minor injuries such as shaving cuts, ingrown hairs or insect bites.  Dermatofibromas can occur in all races and at any age but commonly affect young adults. …

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Cysts & Milia

Milia are small white bumps, symptomatic bumps that can develop on any are of the area of the skin.  They merely represent small cysts of the skin. Most commonly they occur on the face and chest. of adults but babies can also also develop milia Milia are completely harmless but often don’t go away by …

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Angiomas

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Sebaceous Hyperplasia

Sebaceous hyperplasia lesions are benign, small, smooth, often umbilicated (dimpled) yellow bumps that typically develop on the face of middle-aged and older individuals. They represent the localized proliferation of the sebaceous glands (oil-producing glands) that are normally present all over the skin except the palms and soles.  Their cause is unknown but they are more …

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Lichen Planus

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Acne

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Actinic Keratoses (pre-cancer)

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Vitiligo

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Melanoma

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