Benign Skin Growths


Birthmarks come in many forms and are simply benign skin marks or lesions that are present at birth or develop soon after birth. These may be vascular malformations, such as hemangiomas or port-wine stains, or pigmented birthmarks, such as café au lait spots or Mongolian blue spots. Often, moles are also considered a type of birthmark. Dr. Damstetter will evaluate any birthmarks and discuss if removal options are necessary. If desired, cosmetic procedures may be effective at reducing birthmark appearance.


Milia are small asymptomatic cysts found just below the skin’s surface that cause small white bumps. These are most common in infants but can also affect children or adults in some cases. While milia are harmless, a dermatologist can offer treatment options that reduce or prevent milia for a smoother appearance.

Seborrheic Keratosis

Seborrheic keratoses appear as a waxy or wart-like growth that may be tan, brown, or black. They are caused by overgrowths of skin and are most common among older adults. While they can be a cause of self-consciousness, seborrheic keratoses are not harmful to your health. However, a dermatologist should still examine any growth on your skin to ensure it is not skin cancer or another lesion that could cause complications.

Skin Cysts

Cysts are typically harmless and often treatable at home, but many patients develop inflamed cysts that can become painful or persist for long periods of time. If this is the case, Dr. Damstetter can safely and effectively remove a cyst.

Skin Tumors

There are several types of benign skin tumors, including lipomas, cherry angiomas, fibromas, and more. If you notice a skin tumor, it is important to have it examined by a dermatologist who can make an accurate diagnosis and determine whether it is harmful. If you choose, benign tumors can be removed for cosmetic reasons or to relieve discomfort.

Skin Tags

Skin tags are small growths commonly found in areas of the skin that face higher friction such as the neck and underarms. While they do not pose any health risk, many patients find that they are irritating and get frequently caught on clothing or jewelry or choose to have them removed for cosmetic reasons. Dr. Damstetter can safely remove skin tags in a simple procedure.

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