Lumps, Bumps & Biopsies

It’s not uncommon to find a lump or bump on the skin. While often harmless, these sometimes signal a larger issue. At DermSurgery Associates, our board-certified dermatologists perform examinations and biopsies of lumps and bumps in the Greater Houston, TX, area to help men, women, and children pursue proper treatment for these concerns.

It is never the wrong choice to have a suspicious lump or bump examined by a board-certified dermatologist. If you notice a raised area on your skin, whether it is dark, red, or flesh-colored, it is worth having it checked by a professional. He or she will help you find answers and pursue the most effective treatment available.

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Which Lumps & Bumps Can Be Treated?

Our team can remove multiple types of protrusions on the skin and biopsy them if necessary. These include:

  • Nevi (moles)
  • Cysts
  • Skin cancers
  • Lipomas
  • Warts
  • Other benign growths

What Happens During a Biopsy?

Sometimes, examining a suspicious lump involves a biopsy. If this is necessary, your dermatologist will remove a small section of the protrusion while the area is under local anesthesia. This sample will be examined under a microscope for an accurate diagnosis.

What Might the Results of a Biopsy Reveal?

As your dermatologist examines the results of a biopsy, he or she will check for the presence of cancerous or pre-cancerous cells. If these cells are present, your dermatologist will recommend treatment options, including Mohs surgery, a specialty of the DermSurgery team.

If these cells are not present, your provider may discuss possible causes of the growth, such as human papillomavirus (HPV), which causes warts, for example. He or she will create a treatment plan for effectively removing or reducing the bump, which may involve liquid nitrogen, lasers, or surgical excision, depending on type of bump.

No matter the type of lump or bump you may spot on your skin, DermSurgery Associates is ready with a solution. To learn more about skin examinations and biopsies, please call one of our specialists at a location near you.

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