Clinical Dermatology

Lumps, Bumps, and Patches

Concerned about lumps, bumps, and patches on your skin? Redding Derm performs most pathology services onsite. This improves coordination between the clinical and microscopic appearance of biopsied areas and tends to allow for a much better and complete understanding of the treatment--relevant subtleties of each patient’s particular situation. The net result is more carefully considered and patient specific care that helps secure optimal clinical outcomes for our patients.

Lumps, Bumps, and Patches

Sooner or later, most people tend to develop new skin growths. Most of these ‘lumps, bumps, and patches’ are easily identified during a professional skin exam. Most are not dangerous. Some skin growths, however, are more difficult to categorize or diagnose. This challenge arises from the sheer number of different types of growths in combination with the great variability in appearance demonstrated by growths of the same type.

For many skin growths, the best option is often simple monitoring or doing nothing at all.

Management of skin growths varies. Much of this variation is due to differences in provider assessment and subsequent recommendations. The remainder is due to treatment suggestions based on careful consideration of the specific clinical situations in which each particular growth occurs. Patient outcomes are optimized by the dermatology provider’s experience, clinical judgment, and skill.

For many skin growths, the best option is often simple monitoring or doing nothing at all. Removal of skin growths is, however, a reasonable consideration whenever there are concerns regarding the nature of the growth or if the growth is irritating. In some cases, lumps and bumps are unsightly or growing; in these cases, removal may make good sense.

There are many methods to remove skin growths and each method has its advantages. The key to optimized skin growth removal outcome is precise technique combined with artistic flare – both guided by careful judgment. Skin growth removal is a specialized dermatologic procedure. Although removals may seem simple and routine, to be done ‘whenever and by whoever’, this is really not the case. For best results, patients are well advised to seek evaluation and possible removal of skin growths by a reputable dermatology professional.