Benign Lesion Removal

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Benign Lesion Removal services offered in Healdsburg and Santa Rosa, CA

A benign lesion is any abnormal skin growth that isn’t cancerous. Though not always harmful to your health, you may want to get a benign lesion removed because of personal preference, irritation, or cosmetic enhancement. The team at Redwood Empire Dermatology performs benign lesion removal at their offices in Healdsburg, Santa Rosa, and Oakmont, California. To schedule a consultation, call the office or book online today.

Benign Lesion Removal Q&A

What is a benign lesion?

A benign lesion is any abnormal area of skin that’s not cancerous. Types of lesions include:

Seborrheic keratoses

Seborrheic keratosis is a common benign skin lesion. It appears as a scaly, brown, greasy patch of skin.

Age spots

Age spots, or liver spots, are flat, hyperpigmented areas of skin that appear on sun-exposed parts of the skin like the face, hands, and chest. Age spots are common in adults as they get older. 


A mole is a benign lesion that’s usually brown and occurs anywhere on the body. 

Cherry angioma

Cherry angioma is a small red bump. These benign lesions can grow on any part of the skin and are more common with age.

Skin tag

A skin tag is a skin-colored growth that usually forms where skin rubs against skin, such as the armpits or groin.


Though these growths aren’t cancerous, schedule an appointment at Redwood Empire Dermatology for an evaluation of any abnormal skin growths.

When do I need benign lesion removal?

The Redwood Empire Dermatology team can help you determine when you need benign lesion removal. In most cases, you don’t need treatment. However, if they affect your appearance or cause discomfort, you might benefit from removal.

What are the techniques for benign lesion removal?

The highly skilled team at Redwood Empire Dermatology uses many techniques when removing benign lesions, including:

Shave excision

A shave excision is a simple procedure in which your dermatologist uses a small blade to remove only the lesion and the outer layer of skin.

Simple scissor excision

During a simple scissor excision, the team uses surgical scissors to remove the skin lesion.

Full-thickness skin excision

For lesions that grow into the deeper layers of your skin, the team may perform a full-thickness skin excision, using a scalpel to remove the lesion and some of the tissue underneath.

Curettage and electrodesiccation

Curettage and electrodesiccation involve using a high-frequency electrical current to scrape off the benign lesion.

Laser excision

For a laser excision, the team uses a laser tool to remove the growth.


Cryotherapy freezes the growth, causing it to fall off.


The technique used to remove your benign lesion depends on the type of growth you have. The team reviews your treatment options, and together you decide how you want to proceed.


To find out more about benign lesion removal at Redwood Empire Dermatology, call the office most convenient to you or schedule an appointment online today.

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