Dermatofibromas, Keratosis Pilaris, Lipoma, Milia and Hemangiomas: Description and Treatment
Dermatofibromas in the Dallas area
Dermatofibromas are pink, dull red or darkly pigmented and appear very similar to a mole. They are usually small, but can be as large as nickel-sized. Dermatofibromas are firm and pucker or dimple when pinched. They can occur commonly on the legs of women and can be annoying since they are easily nicked when shaving. Dermatofibromas represent a scar-like reactive process that may be induced by a trauma, such as in insect bite. They can be removed surgically, or simply left alone if they are not causing any symptoms or problems.
Keratosis pilaris is an extremely common skin condition, occurring in about half the population, and is characterized by tiny, hard bumps along the outer arms, thighs and sometimes the buttocks. Keratosis pilaris, also known as "KP", is caused by the accumulation of dead skin (keratin) around hair follicles. More often than not you will feel KP before you see it because it is most commonly found over the outer upper arm and outer upper thighs. Fine bumps, the size of grains of sand, can be skin-colored or appear slightly red if they become irritated or inflamed. The condition is generally worse in the winter and often clears in the summer.
Keratosis pilaris is a chronic but harmless skin condition that can be controlled with the right skin care. Incorporating either glycolic acid or lactic acid products with skin-soothing emollients will help reduce the appearance of KP symptoms. These products should be used regularly to continue to maintain soft, smooth skin.
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A lipoma is a benign fatty tumor that lies deep to the skin and appears as a soft, flesh-colored lump. Some lipomas are tender to the touch but most do not cause other symptoms. Malignant (cancerous) transformation very rarely occurs. Lipomas may be small or quite large and develop in adults as single or multiple lesions. These tumors do not require treatment unless they become large and uncomfortable or exquisitely tender. Treatment consists of surgically removing the lipoma, liposuction, or injection of a substance called Lipodissolve®. Ask Dr. Ellen Turner about what treatment may be right for you.
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Milia can be thought of as miniature cysts located within the skin. They frequently occur on the face as single or multiple pinpoint white lesions and are common in older women. They tend to occur around the eye area. The most effective treatment is extraction, which can be performed by a dermatologist.
Hemangiomas are small growths consisting of numerous small blood vessels and are completely benign. The typical lesion is red and occurs most commonly on the torso of adults; however, a hemangioma can develop anywhere on the body. Some can become the size of a pencil eraser and even be purple in color. Some individuals may develop hundreds of lesions, depending on whether this condition tends to occur in their mother or father (inherited). Usually asymptomatic, larger lesions may bleed and should be removed by a dermatologist. Several methods may be used to remove these lesions, including excision, electrosurgery, and laser skin resurfacing.
Dr. Turner seeks to provide outstanding care to each patient who comes to her practice by listening to each person’s concerns and choosing the therapies that will best treat the unique condition under consideration. Consultations are both comfortable and professional, getting to the heart of the matter.