Seborrheic keratoses – Seborrheic keratoses are small, benign lesions that appear as though they are stuck to the surface of the skin. They can appear yellow, tan, red, or brown, or any color in between. Some people may only have one lesion while others may develop several all over the body. Spots are typically characteristic of age, and several methods exist for removing a keratosis. While it is unlikely for the area to become cancerous, seborrheic keratoses can often look similar to other dermatological conditions, and can only be treated or removed by a dermatologist.
Lentigines – Lentigines are areas of hyperpigmentation that can resemble nevi (common moles). The spots can appear tan to dark brown and are more common in older adults. Lentigines are most often benign, and are found commonly in areas of overexposure to the sun such as the skin of the face, neck, and arms. While many instances of lentigines are benign, these “age spots” can indicate permanent photodamage, and there is a chance of it developing into a type of superficial melanoma. Diagnosis and treatment from a dermatologist can determine whether common lentigines are cause for concern. Removal of lentigines can be performed for cosmetic purposes.
Nevi – Nevi are benign, hyperpigmented growths that usually are the result of overexposure to the sun. Age, race, skin type, and genetic disposition can affect the development of nevi. They can occur on any part of the body and may change over time. There are several different types of nevi, most of which are harmless. However, some moles may be atypical or exhibit rapid growth, which could be beginning stages of melanoma. Atypical or rapidly changing nevi should be examined by a dermatologist in order to determine if treatment is necessary. Once a nevus is detected it most likely will not need to be removed, but our dermatologists encourage regular self-checks to ensure the spot does not grow or develop into anything serious.
Cherry angioma – Cherry angiomas are small, benign vascular growths that can occur in anyone of any age on any part of the body. Angiomas are can appear as red papules and are more common with age. Treatment is usually not necessary, except for cosmetic purposes.