Patients ask us every day to explain exactly what a benign growth is and why they get them. A benign growth is any one of a variety of non–cancerous growths that may appear on the skin with time. Some are associated with aging, some with heredity but most causes are unknown.
These growths are non-threatening, and people seek removal for aesthetic reasons. No other treatment is indicated unless the lesion is associated with increasing size, irritation or pain. Angiomas, cysts, milia, lipomas, dermatofibromas, seborrheic keratosis (SK) and skin tags are all types of benign lesions.