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Moles, Barnacles, and other brown spots

December 30, 2012  |   Posted by :   |   Uncategorized   |   0 Comment»

All of us have at least some brown or black spots on the skin.  We often loosely refer to these as “moles” but actually there are quite a number of different types, each with its own characteristics for persistence or growth.  It’s important to keep in mind that a changing pigmented lesion can be a type of skin cancer, and should be evaluated by a physician experienced in skin lesions.

 

Sometimes and individual, generally for cosmetic reasons, will ask to have one of these skin spots removed.  Usually this can be done with a laser or traditional skin surgery, but first it is important to be sure that the lesion in question is not cancerous.

One of the most common of these skin lesions is a Seborrheic Keratosis, or “SK”.  This will be raised, rough patches, up to an inch in diameter, that give the appearance of being “barnacles stuck on” normal skin.  Fortunately these rather unattractive growths are easily removed with the CO2 laser, in most cases leaving just a light pink spot that fades out over several weeks.

 

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