Skin Growth Removal


A variety of unsightly skin growths can be removed to improve your appearance and confidence, including:



Skin Tags

What are Skin Tags?

Skin tags are a common, benign condition that consists of a bit of skin that projects from the surrounding skin. Medical terms for skin tags include acrochordon and cutaneous papilloma. Skin tags may be smooth or irregular, flesh colored or more deeply pigmented, and simply raised above the surrounding skin or connected to the skin by a narrow stalk (a peduncle) so that the skin tag hangs from the skin. They commonly appear around the eyelids, neck, groin, underarms, and under the breasts. They are usually painless, but may become irritated and itch. View a skin tagSkin tag image

How are Skin Tags removed?

Depending on the size of the skin tags, they may be shaved off with a scalpel or scissors, or removed with hyfrecation (destroying the tag with small electrical pulses). An antibacterial ointment is applied and the site is covered with a small bandage. Alternate methods of removal not used at Skin Care By Design include cryosurgery (freezing with liquid nitrogen) and tying off the tag with a thread or suture to cut off the blood supply

What results can you expect?

Once removed, skin tags will not grow back. However, most people who have skin tags will develop more of them as time progresses and the new skin tags may develop in the same area from which the original growths were removed.

How many treatments do you need?

A single treatment will permanently remove the skin tag. If you have a large number of skin tags, you may want to have them removed over two or more sessions.

Things you should know.

Swelling, bleeding, and infection at the treatment sites may occur. This procedure does not normally produce scars but may leave small light or dark spots that fade with time.

How much time is required?

Appointments are normally 15-30 minutes but may be longer for large numbers of skin tags.

How much does it cost?

There is a $20 setup charge and each skin tag is $5.


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Warts

What are Warts?

A wart is a harmless skin growth caused by some types of the human papilloma virus (HPV), which can be spread to other parts of the body or to other people by contact. They are chronic, slow growing, and range in appearance from papules and plaques to large, flowering cysts with tiny black dots. Warts can grow anywhere on the body and are most common among children and young adults.

Aside from genital warts, which Skin Care By Design does not treat, there are five kinds of warts. They look different and form on different parts of the body.

How are Warts removed?

Most warts go away on their own within months or years. For resistant or cosmetically displeasing warts, Skin Care By Design uses hyfrecation (destroying the wart with small electrical pulses) or curettage (shaving off the wart with a scalpel). An antibacterial ointment is applied and the site may be covered with a small bandage. Alternate methods of removal not used at Skin Care By Design include topical agents, cryotherapy (freezing), laser ablation, and surgical excision.

If the examination reveals that the condition is beyond the scope of our practice, we may suggest that you consult a physician and we can provide you with several referrals.

What results can you expect?

Warts vary greatly in their size, depth, location, and persistence. After an examination, your skin care nurse can advise you of the range of possible results for each treatment.

How many treatments do you need?

A single treatment is usually sufficient to remove warts affecting only the surface of the skin. Deeper warts may require multiple sessions. However, the treatment of warts should be considered a process, rather than an event. Treatments may destroy the wart but do not kill the virus that causes the wart. As a result, even warts that are completely removed can return.

Things you should know.

Wart treatments do not always work. Even after a wart shrinks, goes away, or is removed, it may come back or spread to other parts of the body.

Discomfort, swelling, bleeding, and infection at the treatment sites may occur. Depending on the size and depth of the wart, removal may cause scarring or hypopigmentation (a spot that is whiter than the surrounding skin).

How much time is required?

Appointments are normally 15-30 minutes but may be longer for large numbers of warts.

How much does it cost?

There is a $20 setup charge and each wart is $25.


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Moles

What are Moles?

Moles (nevi) are small skin marks caused by pigment producing cells in the skin. Moles can be flat or raised, smooth or rough, and some contain hair. Moles may occur anywhere on the body, including the nails, palms, and soles of the feet. Most moles are dark brown or black, but some are flesh-colored, red, or yellow.

Moles occur in people of all races and ages, but they most commonly appear between the ages of 10 and 30. Fair-skinned people are more likely to develop moles. Moles can change over time, often respond to hormonal changes, and some can develop into cancer. Non-cancerous (benign) moles are usually symmetrical, have smooth borders, have uniform color, and are generally smaller than the size of a pencil eraser (6 mm). View a moleMole image

How are Moles removed?

Moles are removed by hyfrecation (destroying the mole with small electrical pulses). An antibacterial ointment is applied and the site may be covered with a small bandage. Alternate methods of removal not used at Skin Care By Design include surgical excision with stitches and laser ablation (burning off layers of the mole over several sessions). Commercial topical agents may also be applied that dissolve some moles over a period of months or years.

What results can you expect?

Hyfrecation completely removes the mole and involves no stitches so scarring is not usually a problem. After treatment, a scab forms that normally remains 7 - 14 days before falling off.

How many treatments do you need?

A single treatment is sufficient to completely remove most moles. A mole that is deeper in the skin may require multiple sessions.

Things you should know.

Discomfort, swelling, bleeding, and infection at the treatment sites may occur. Depending on the size and depth of the mole, removal may cause scarring or hypopigmentation (a spot that is whiter than the surrounding skin).

How much time is required?

Appointments are normally 15-30 minutes but may be longer for large numbers of moles.

How much does it cost?

There is a $20 setup charge and each mole is $25.


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Sebaceous Hyperplasia

What are Sebaceous Hyperplasia?

Sebaceous Hyperplasia is a common, benign condition in which sebaceous (oil) glands become greatly enlarged. They appear as small, painless, white-, flesh-, or yellow-colored bumps, often with a central depression or dimple. Lesions can be single or multiple and can appear anywhere on the body except the palms and soles. They are most common on the face, particularly the nose, cheeks and forehead and they occasionally occur on the chest, areola, or vulva.

Sebaceous hyperplasia occurs principally in middle aged and older adults. Their growth is associated with exposure to androgen hormones and sun, which explains why they are more commonly seen in men than in women. About 10-16% of people on long-term cyclosporin A for organ transplants also develop sebaceous hyperplasia. View a Sebaceous HyperplasiaSebaceous Hyperplasia image

How are Sebaceous Hyperplasia removed?

Hyfrecation (destroying the oil gland with small electrical pulses) will cause this condition to subside in a few days. Some people have noticed improvement with the daily application of Tretinoin cream or gel (such as RetinA) over a period of several months. Alternate methods of removal not used at Skin Care By Design include cryosurgery (freezing with liquid nitrogen), photodynamic therapy (drugs such as Levulan that are activated by exposure to specific light frequencies), laser ablation, and surgical excision.

What results can you expect?

The cosmetic results are excellent aside from slight reddening in the treatment area that may last for several days.

How many treatments do you need?

A single hyfrecation treatment will remove Sebaceous Hyperplasia.

Things you should know.

Discomfort and slight swelling or reddening at the treatment site are possible. Treatments do not prevent the formation of new Sebaceous Hyperplasia.

How much time is required?

Appointments are normally 15-30 minutes but may be longer for large numbers of Sebaceous Hyperplasia.

How much does it cost?

There is a $20 setup charge and each Sebaceous Hyperplasia is $5.


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Seborrheic Keratosis

What are Seborrheic Keratoses?

Seborrheic Keratoses (barnacles) are benign, wart-like growths on the skin surface. They are most frequently located on the face, neck, chest, shoulders, or back, but may appear singly or in large numbers anywhere on the body. Color is usually yellow, brown, or black, but other colors are possible. The surface may be slightly elevated or flat, may have a rough or wart-like texture, and often feels waxy. Shapes may be round or oval with a "pasted on" appearance. They are usually painless, but may become irritated and itch. View a Seborrheic KeratosisSeborrheic Keratoses image

How are Seborrheic Keratoses removed?

Depending on the size of the keratoses, they may be shaved off with a scalpel or curette, or removed with hyfrecation (destroying the keratoses with small electrical pulses). An antibacterial ointment is applied and the site may be covered with a small bandage. An alternate method of removal not used at Skin Care By Design is cryosurgery (freezing with liquid nitrogen).

What results can you expect?

Once removed, Seborrheic Keratoses will not grow back. However, most people who have Seborrheic Keratoses will develop more of them as time progresses and the new keratoses may develop in the same area from which the original growths were removed.

How many treatments do you need?

A single treatment will permanently remove the Seborrheic Keratosis. If you have a large number of keratoses, you may want to have them removed over two or more sessions.

Things you should know.

Seborrheic Keratoses can closely resemble malignant melanomas, a very dangerous cancer. If there is any doubt, our nurses will ask you to consult your dermatologist for a skin biopsy prior to removing the growth.

Swelling, bleeding, and infection at the treatment sites may occur. Depending on the size, removal may cause scarring or hypopigmentation (a spot that is whiter than the surrounding skin).

How much time is required?

Appointments are normally 15-30 minutes but may be longer for large numbers of Seborrheic Keratoses.

How much does it cost?

There is a $20 setup charge and each Seborrheic Keratosis is $5.


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Cherry Angioma

What are Cherry Angiomas?

Cherry Angiomas are the most common vascular lesions to appear on human skin. They are made up of clusters of dilated capillaries near the surface of the skin, which accounts for the cherry-red or purple color. They are painless and harmless but their cause is unknown. You can develop cherry angiomas anytime in your life, but they occur most frequently after the age of 40. The cherry-red bumps develop alone or in groups, most often on the torso and frequently on the face, scalp, neck, arms, and legs. When they first appear, cherry angiomas are about the size of a pinhead and do not protrude above the surface of the skin. As they grow larger, they tend to expand in thickness, and may take on the raised and rounded shape of a dome. Because the blood vessels comprising the angioma are so close to the skin's surface, cherry angiomas may bleed profusely if they are injured. For this reason, you should not puncture them or try to remove them yourself. View a Cherry AngiomaCherry Angioma image

How are Cherry Angiomas removed?

We use two procedures to remove cherry angiomas:

An antibacterial ointment is applied and the site may be covered with a small bandage. An alternate method of removal not used at Skin Care By Design is cryosurgery (freezing with liquid nitrogen).

What results can you expect?

Unless the lesion is more than ¼ inch across, you can expect excellent cosmetic results.

How many treatments do you need?

A single treatment is usually sufficient to remove cherry angiomas but, because many tiny capillaries are involved, additional sessions may be required to remove all traces.

Things you should know.

Swelling, bleeding, and infection at the treatment sites may occur. Removal may cause scarring or hypopigmentation (a spot that is whiter than the surrounding skin) if the cherry angioma is larger than ¼ inch across.

How much time is required?

Appointments are normally 15-30 minutes but may be longer for large numbers of Cherry Angiomas.

How much does it cost?

There is a $20 setup charge and each Cherry Angioma is $5. If many angiomas are removed in the same session, the cost may be reduced to $50 per five minutes of laser pulses.


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