Lumps & Bumps

What do we mean by 'lumps and bumps?'

From moles to warts, acne to milia, skin tags to cysts; lumps and bumps on the skin can appear in all sorts of shapes, sizes, colours and numbers. Discovering a new lump or bump can be quite a worrying experience especially if you don’t know what it is.

For that reason, it is essential that any lump or bump is correctly diagnosed by a medical professional, so that the correct treatment is recommended, a biopsy is organised following removal (if required) and so that the condition isn't aggravated.

Why do we get them?

Lumps and bumps can appear for a variety of reasons. It may be a build-up of dead skin cells, or keratin which forms a spot, cyst or milium, or it could be an overproduction of cells forming a mole, skin tag or keloid scar. Some people can be more prone to developing skin growths because of a genetic predisposition.

Prevention of skin growths isn't always possible and depends upon the type of lump or bump. Once your practitioner has diagnosed the type of skin growth you have, they will also be able to advise whether there is anything to help prevent the condition reoccurring.

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sk:n offer over 250 treatments and work with the UK's leading consultant dermatologists to offer you peace of mind when you come in for a consultation. You can be rest assured that you are being seen by the most highly qualified and experienced medical experts in dermatology.

I wish I'd done it years ago. It's been two months now since the procedure and you hardly see that there was anything there.

Clint Stokes, Tamworth

Possible treatments

There are various different types of treatments for removal of an unwanted lump or bump. Depending on your condition, you will be seen by one of our highly experienced practitioners following a full consultation and diagnosis. This may be a nurse or doctor. All our removal procedures are carried out under the safest medical protocols, under local anaesthetic (if needed) to ensure you are comfortable and done in a way to ensure that scarring is minimal - if any.

Surgical Excision: Typically used to remove moles and even warts or skin tags, this method involves using a sharp scalpel to cut out the skin growth. Stitches are usually required after this procedure and there may be a small but tidy scar that will fade after a few months in most cases.

Cryotherapy: This method involves liquid nitrogen being used to essentially freeze off the skin growth by constricting the blood supply to it due to the cold temperature. It may take some time for the growth to disappear after this treatment, and in some cases the lump or bump may need multiple sessions.

Laser Removal: Removal of a skin growth can also be done using laser. The high precision laser beam targets the cells of the skin growth, breaking them down using thermal energy. There may be some redness following, but this will subside after a few days and results are usually immediate.

Hyfrecation: A hyfrecator is a very precise instrument which delivers low energy electrical pulses to cauterize (burn) tissue. There may be some redness following this treatment type, but this will subside after a day or two and results are usually immediate.

Medication: For some lumps or bumps physical removal is not always suitable. In these instances our dermatologist may be able to prescribe you medication to effectively treat the condition.

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