In our office we treat/remove a wide variety of
growths and spots that, although not serious, are
of cosmetic concern to our patients. Different
treatment methods are used depending on the
type of lesion and its location. It is therefore critical
to have a proper diagnosis of the lesion before
treatment is chosen.
A certified Dermatologist is a physician who, in
addition to his/her medical
degree, has studied the skin and skin diseases for an additional number of years
and has passed the Dermatology fellowship examination. He/she is the best
qualified physician to correctly diagnose growths and spots to make sure they
are, indeed, benign and to chose the treatment modality that is optimum.
LENTIGOS are benign, brown or tan colored spots that occur mainly in sun
exposed areas. With time they become larger, darker and often will develop a
scaly rough surface. These lesions are easily treated with either liquid nitrogen
or lasers and generally leave an excellent cosmetic result.
SEBORRHEIC KERATOSES are benign, warty growths that are either grey or
brown/tan in colour and have a "stuck on" appearance. They get larger and stick
out more with time. They are not related to sun exposure and can occur
anywhere on the body. Some people can develop dozens of these lesions as
they age. We treat these lesions very sucessfully with liquid nitrogen or
electric needle treatment. The larger and thicker these lesions become, the
more difficult they are to remove and therefore early treatment is recommended.
PAPILOMAS [SKIN TAGS] are soft brown growths often with a narrow stalk
usually occur on the eyelids, neck, underarms, under the breasts and in the
groins. They become larger with time. Some people will develop multiple lesions
and there is often a family history of these lesions. We remove these spots by a
simple surgical procedure, without stitches. They generally heal leaving an
excellent result. Several can be removed in a session.
CHERRY HEMANGIOMAS are dome-shaped bright red spots that can occur
anywhere on the skin surface. They may be single or multiple. In some instances
patients can develop hundreds of these lesions. There is sometimes a family
history of similar spots. They become larger and darker red in colour with time. If
treated early, when they are small and bright red, they can be removed
completely with laser treatment without scars. The cosmetic results tend to be
excellent. Multiple spots can be treated in a session.
SPIDER TELANGECTASIAS [burst blood vessel] are small benign vascular
lesions that disappear when pressure is applied. They often have central slightly
raised round area with thin red lines radiating from it [like a spider!]. Although
usually of cosmetic importance, rarely if multiple, spider telangectasias can be
a sign of systemic disorders such as liver disease. Once it is determined that the
lesions are of cosmetic importance only, we treat them with lasers and, in the
vast majority of cases, achieve excellent results in 1 or 2 treatments.
NAEVI [MOLES] are common growths that start off as flat, pigmented spots.
With time they generally become elevated and dome shaped and eventually
become fleshy and less pigmented. Non-cancerous moles tend to be of even
color and regular outline whereas cancerous moles [melanoma] tend to display
irregular colour and irregular outline. Correct diagnosis is essential prior to
treatment. Naevi which are of cosmetic importance are removed by a shave
excision without stitches [sutures] or by excision and suturing. The preferred
method depends on various factors including, the size, location and color of the
spot. Removal of moles will leave a scar but this is generally not very noticeable.
Before removing a mole, we attempt, as much as is possible, to explain to the
patient what cosmetic result can be expected.
| Wrinkle Reduction
| Dermal Fillers
| Laser Hair Removal
| Glycolic Peels
| Removalof Growths and Spots