There are some lesions that do not fall into the category of pigmented lesions. These include the following:
- Nevi/Moles: Common pigmented skin lesions that develop throughout adulthood.
- Epidermal Nevus: An abnormal, benign area of skin that is caused by an overgrowth of cells in the epidermis.
- Seborrheic Keratosis: A common, noncancerous skin growth that tends to occur as people age.
- Sebaceous Hyperplasia: Enlarged sebaceous glands on the forehead or cheeks in middle-aged and older people.
- Syringomas: Noncancerous growths caused by overactive sweat glands.
The treatment option that is right for you will vary depending on your individual type of lesion. One of our skilled dermatologists will work with you to properly assess, diagnose, and treat your lesion to ensure an appropriate approach. We have listed some of the most common treatment options for the following skin conditions:
While most nevi or moles are not dangerous to your health, they may become bothersome or suspicious-looking. If this occurs, then a mole can be removed during an office visit. Surgical excision or surgical shave are the two most common ways to remove a mole. During surgical excision, your dermatologist will remove the entire mole and stitch the skin closed. During a surgical shave, a special surgical blade will be used to remove the mole.
There are a number of different treatment options when it comes to epidermal nevi. These include corticosteroid therapy, tretinoin, oral retinoids, or surgical excision. In some cases, laser treatment may also be used.
Treatment of a seborrheic keratosis is not usually needed, however, it can be removed if it becomes irritated or bleeds. Removal options include cryosurgery, which involves freezing the growth with liquid nitrogen, or curettage, which involves scraping the area with a special scalpel blade.
To treat sebaceous hyperplasia, the affected sebaceous glands must be removed. Options for removal include laser therapy, cryotherapy, retinol, or antiandrogen medications.
While syringomas are not harmful to your health, some people may choose to have them removed for cosmetic reasons. There are two ways to treat them, including with medication or surgery. Medications such as trichloroacetic acid, isotretinoin, or special creams and ointments may be prescribed. Surgery options include laser removal, cryotherapy, or manual excision.