Not all growths on the skin are cancerous – but, they may still require treatment nonetheless. At Cope Cosmetic Dermatology, our team can help you explore your removal options for clear, smooth skin.

What are Benign Skin Growths?

Skin growths can come in many different forms, but aren’t always cancerous. Skin growths that are not harmful are called benign. For some people, benign skin growths aren’t bothersome and there’s no need to remove them. However, if you have a benign skin growth that you want to get rid of, a board-certified dermatologist can remove it. In some cases, a benign skin growth can become cancerous and should still be checked by your dermatologist.

Types of Benign Skin Growths


Although moles are typically associated with melanoma, they aren’t always cancerous. Some people opt to have moles removed for cosmetic or comfort reasons if a mole is large, visible, or sticks out.


Warts are caused by a minor HIV infection when it comes into contact with a cut or scrape in the skin. They’re more common on the hands and feet in people who have weaker immune systems (like children).

Skin Tags

Skin tags are small, skin-colored growths that occur in areas like the neck, armpits, or groin. They are very common and easily removed with a variety of treatments.

Seborrheic Keratoses

Seborrheic keratoses are more common in older patients and look like small, wart-like spots. They can be flesh-colored, brown, or black and are usually oval or round.


Lipomas are soft bumps under the skin caused by a small deposit of fat. They’re more common in women and are usually located on the forearms, torso, or neck.

What Causes Benign Skin Growths?

There are many different types of benign skin growths, and each can have a different cause. In general, skin growths are caused by an overabundance of cellular activity. For example, skin tags are typically caused by an overgrowth of skin cells whereas moles are caused by a group of melanocytes (or pigment cells) that cluster together. Some people are more likely to experience skin growths than others, but some types of benign skin growths (like moles) are incredibly common.

What Are My Treatment Options for Benign Skin Growths?

Your treatment plan can depend on your type of skin growth. It’s important to determine whether your growth may be cancerous or not, and a board-certified dermatologist can perform a skin check to make sure. Then, you can discuss your treatment plan from a variety of options:

  • Cryosurgery
  • Surgical Removal
  • Laser Removal
  • Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)
  • Pinpoint Electrocautery

Each procedure can be performed in-office with a local anesthetic during a quick and easy session. You’ll discuss the specifics of your treatment plan during your consultation.

Maintaining Healthy Skin with Benign Skin Growths

It’s important to take care of your skin according to aftercare instructions when having a benign skin growth removed. This includes keeping the area clean and covered, as well as protected from the sun. Unfortunately, many types of benign skin growths can’t be prevented – however, your dermatologist can easily remove them as needed.


Dr. Austin Cope is a Utah native as well as a highly educated and well-trained cosmetic dermatologist. At Cope Cosmetic Dermatology, our team is here to help you look and feel your best.


Dr. Cope can help you achieve a new level of confidence with aesthetic experience and a laid-back approach. To learn more, contact us through our online form or give us a call.

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