Benign Skin Growths

As we age, unfortunately we start to develop several types of lesions that do not pose a threat to us but may be unsightly.  These can all be easily removed by a variety of methods, however are cosmetic and not covered by insurance.   At Gaughf Dermatology, we offer very reasonable prices to have these removed by a variety of methods including shave removal, electrocautery, or cryosurgery depending on the type and size of the lesion.

Seborrheic keratoses

Seborrheic keratoses, often called age “barnacles” can appear anywhere on the body. These growths are always benign but can mimic pre-cancers and skin cancer. It is important to have these evaluated in order to distinguish them from skin cancers. Proper evaluation and treatment of these growths is essential to distinguish these from skin cancer. Seborrheic keratoses can be removed surgically or with freezing.

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These are small, red “cherry spots” that can increase with aging. These can be easily removed with little to no scarring.

Skin tags

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These are small lesions commonly referred to as “tag moles.” They are usually found around the neck, armpits, or under the breast.  Occasionally, they can become irritating and unsightly.  Skin tags can be easily removed.

Skin tags occur for a number of reasons. First we accumulate more skin tags as we grow older, and also they tend to be hereditary in some families. Skin tags are are particularly common in people who are overweight or obese, in diabetic persons, and often develop during pregnancy.

Skin tags are often numerous and catch on clothing or jewelry, thus skin tags are often a painful nuisance and most people don’t like the cosmetic appearance of them.

Skin tags  can be removed easily and safely  using a variety of techniques. Home or self- skin tag removal is not advised as we have observed scarring, infections, skin discoloration, significant pain and generally poor results.



These small white cysts on the face can develop with aging and are easily removed with extraction.