Why You Should See a Dermatologist for New or Existing Skin Growths
Over your lifetime, your skin may develop new skin growths. While most of these are not a cause for concern, it is important to visit your dermatologist to monitor these growths.
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Keep reading to learn more about this condition and when it is appropriate to see a dermatologist.
Why Do I Get Skin Growths?
Malignant vs. Benign Skin Growths
How Does a Dermatologist Diagnose a Skin Growth?
Dermatologists undergo many years of training that allow them to tell the difference between benign and malignant growths. Your dermatologist will start by conducting a physical examination of your skin to determine whether the growth is benign or not. If the growth is concerning, they will perform a biopsy of the spot, which will then be sent to the dermatopathologist to be analyzed under a microscope. This allows the doctor to provide an accurate diagnosis based on cellular structure rather than visual assessment.
Can Skin Growths Be Non-Cancerous?
Common Types of Malignant Skin Growths
There are many types of malignant growths, including basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma, among many others. Malignant growths must be promptly treated as they can grow or spread to other tissue and organs. Fortunately, many malignant skin growths will not spread if they are caught early. If you notice a suspicious spot or growth, schedule an appointment with your dermatologist. He or she will evaluate any suspicious lesions and help you to better understand your risk factors.
When to See a Dermatologist
Schedule an appointment with your dermatologist if you notice any new changes to your skin. This includes moles or skin growths changing in shape, color, texture or size, or in some cases, becoming itchy, painful, or bothersome. Some moles and growths can turn into skin cancer, so it is important to regularly monitor your body for suspicious changes.
Schedule an Appointment with a Dermatologist Today
If you have a question about a spot or growth on your body, please Request an Appointment. During your consultation, our skilled dermatologists will evaluate your concerns and determine an ideal treatment plan for your specific case. Our Bryn Mawr office is beautifully equipped, so you’ll feel at home as soon as you walk in the door.
Get started today by calling our dermatology team at (610) 525-7800 or easily book an appointment online. We look forward to caring for you!