What Are Benign Growths?
Benign tumors or growths are abnormal lumps of cells that do not affect the surrounding tissues. Unlike malignant tumors, these lumps or masses in the body are harmless and noncancerous. Benign growths are differentiated from malignant tumors by slow growth and distinct or smooth borders. These skin irregularities do not spread to other parts of the body or grow into surrounding tissues or organs.
When to Seek Treatment
Generally, benign growths can be painless and may not need treatment at all. However, you may seek treatment if you start developing other symptoms, such as itching. You may also opt for removal of the growth if it is situated in a visible part of the body, affecting your quality of life.
At your consultation, a member of our team will examine and asses the skin growth. The color, texture, hardness, and borders of the growth are taken into consideration when determining the type of growth, benign or malignant. A review of your medical history will also be conducted to confirm your suitability for treatment and assess any risk factors. After the examination, we will recommend the best treatment options for your specific case.
Our Treatment Options:
Surgical excision of benign moles, dermatofibromas, and cysts can be performed, along with Gradle scissor removal of skin tags. These procedures require anesthesia, and sutures may be needed to close off the wound.
Cryotherapy is ideal for treating seborrheic keratoses and warts. The treatment involves the use of liquid nitrogen through a spray or cotton swab. The extremely cold substance will freeze the tissue, which makes it fall off from the skin over time.
Laser treatments are performed using specialized devices such as the Vbeam laser. These treatments can effectively address cherry angiomas and warts. The skin is cleansed, and the laser energy is directed towards the targeted growth. The process is quick and painless.
Kenalog injections have anti-inflammatory properties that can help reduce the size of cysts quickly, safely and effectively.
Tumescent microcannula liposuction can be used to treat and remove lipomas, fatty tumors located just beneath the skin. After a tumescent solution is injected, a tiny microcannula is inserted into a small incision. Medical suction is then used to remove the lipoma.
The Aftercare/Recovery Process
When surgical removal is necessary for a benign growth, recovery and downtime vary, depending on the type of treatment and the size of the growth. Typically, recovery time is minimal, a few days to a week. Swelling, bruising, and soreness are normally experienced. To alleviate discomfort, you may be prescribed over-the-counter medicines.
For laser treatments, you may be able to resume normal activities immediately, but you should avoid overexposure to the sun and tanning beds for a period of time.
How Much Do Treatments for Benign Growths Cost?
Due to the individualized treatment approach, the cost of benign growth treatment varies from patient to patient. Several factors can impact the overall price, including the type of treatment received and the number of growths being treated.
Contact Us to Learn More
Learn more about our benign growth treatment options at PFRANKMD located in NYC. During your consultation, a board-certified dermatologist will be able to properly diagnose your condition and discuss the best treatment options for you. Call PFRANKMD at (212) 327-2919 to schedule your consultation.