Lumps and Bumps and Removal, Cosmetic

At OC MedDerm, you can see us for all kinds of ‘lumps and bumps’ on the skin. Whether you’re concerned about the diagnosis or do not like the cosmetic appearance, our dermatologists are able to help. There is a long list of lesions that can be categorized as ‘lumps and bumps’, therefore, we split them up under two categories: cosmetic or medical.

Medical lumps and bumps are typically symptomatic or concerning for potential cancer. For such a case you can see us for a medical visit to be diagnosed and informed about treatment options. We are contracted with nearly all PPO insurances as well as Medicare.

Cosmetic lumps and bumps are thoses that are typically asymptomatic but are aesthetically bothersome to you. You can see us for a complimentary consultation where we will discuss risk, benefits, and alternative options for removal.

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Here is the list of some of common Cosmetic Lumps and Bumps on the skin that are dermatologists can diagnose and remove:

  • Moles
  • Cherry angiomas
  • Sebaceous gland hyperplasia
  • Xanthoma
  • Syringomas
  • Keloids
  • Birthmarks
  • DPN (Dermatosis papulosa nigra)
  • Seborrheic keratoses
  • Skin tags
  • Dermatofibromas
  • Cysts
  • Lipomas
  • Neurofibromas
  • Pyogenic granulomas
  • Large clogged pores

Mole, Cosmetic

Moles are a common dermatologic complaint from patients. Our dermatologists are experts in diagnosing whether moles are benign or atypical on a physical exam. More times than not, moles are benign and do not require any sort of intervention. However, patients may be bothered cosmetically by moles and will request removal. Our dermatologists at OC MedDerm are experts in mole removal in a sterile, pain-free fashion with minimal scarring. Ask Questions

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Cherry Angiomas “red moles”

Cherry angiomas aka “red moles” are non-cancerous skin growths resulting from overgrowth of small blood vessels on the surface of the skin.They have a bright red color, can be flat or raised, and come in a variety of sizes. Individuals are prone to develop cherry angiomas due to natural aging, genetics, hormonal changes, climate, or exposure to certain environments. Treatment is typically performed with lasers. If the lesion is too large then stitches may be necessary since these types of lesions have a tendency for heavy bleeding. Ask Questions

Sebaceous gland hyperplasias

Sebaceous hyperplasia are common skin bumps that are the result of oil gland overgrowth. They are typically located on the face and less commonly on the body. These lesions tend to increase with age and sun exposure. They are benign lesions but are often cosmetically bothersome to patients. At OC MedDerm, our dermatologists are able to remove these lesions permanently during one single. Some patients may need a second touch up for optimal results. Ask Questions


Syringomas are single or multiple, yellowish or skin-colored skin lesions due to sweat glands overgrowth. They usually appear around the eyes, on the nose, cheeks, and forehead. These small papules are usually inherited and may increase in number and size with time. Treatment of syringomas are usually performed with a laser. Occasionally larger lesions may be excised surgically. Ask Questions

Epidermal Cysts

Cysts are a broad term for encompassing various skin lesions that contain a sac. It is difficult to establish the exact type of cyst just on appearance, but our dermatologists are well-trained to diagnose these lesions based on various features including, location, surface changes, and texture of the lesion. Depending on the type of cyst, its location, and other patient specific factors, our dermatologists will provide you with possible treatment options for removal. Ask Questions

Pilar cysts

Please find the before and after pilar cyst removal of our above patients in the gallery

Pilar cysts are a common type of cyst that originates from the hair root sheath. It is most commonly located on the scalp and can become very large in size. These lesions are usually removed by excision, which can be performed at OC MedDerm in a sterile and pain-free manner. Ask Questions

Ganglion cysts

Ganglion cysts are another type of common cyst that usually develop along a tendon or a joint. The wrist is a very common location for ganglion cyst. These are also benign lesions, but can be treated at OC MedDerm if desired. Ask Questions

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Patient’s often present with various birthmarks that are cosmetically bothersome to them. Our dermatologists at OC MedDerm will evaluate the birthmark and provide you with the best possible treatment option for your particular case. Ask Questions

Seborrheic Keratoses

Seborrheic keratoses are common skin growths that range from white to black and can appear anywhere on the body. They often have a greasy, stuck-on appearance. They are benign lesions that occur as we age. Various treatment modalities are available if lesions are cosmetically bothersome. Other more concerning lesions may sometimes mimic seborrheic keratoses, therefore, if diagnosis is in doubt, such a lesion will have to be biopsied. Ask Questions

Skin Tags

Skin tags are skin-colored or darkly pigmented raised bumps on the skin. They are most common in areas prone to friction such as the neck, armpits, or groin. They can have a broad base or have a narrow stalk (mushroom shape). Removal of skin tags are fast and pain-free when performed by experienced dermatologists. Appropriate removal technique is crucial to avoid risk of discoloration, bleeding, and infection. There are various treatment options available depending on location, number of lesions, size and skin color. All lesions can usually be removed in one session. Ask Questions

Dermatosis papulosa nigra

DPNs are small, dark, 1-5 mm bumps usually found on the upper cheeks or around the eyes. They are more commonly seen in individuals of darker skin. They tend to increase in number with age. At OC MedDerm our dermatologists are well trained to remove DPNs in a sterile and pain-free fashion. Ask Questions

Large Clogged Pores

Large clogged pores (dilated pores) are a common skin finding. They can sometimes appear similar to moles. At OC MedDerm our dermatologists are well-trained to diagnose and remove these lesions in a sterile, pain-free fashion. Ask Questions


Dermatofibromas are round, firm growths commonly found in exposed areas such as the legs or arms. They are thought to be a form of scar secondary to a prior bug bite or in-grown hair. Dermatofibromas usually extend farther beneath the skin than what is visible on the surface. Our dermatologists at OC MedDerm are well-trained in dermatofibroma removals if desired. Ask Questions


Milia are a common skin finding in many individuals. They tend to present as firm, white bumps around the eyes or other areas on the face. They are benign lesions and are not usually linked to any underlying disease. Milia also appears frequently on infants, but usually resolve on their own. Our dermatologists at OC MedDerm can provide you various treatment options for milia removal. Ask Questions

Supernumerary nipple aka extra nipple

Supernumerary nipples (aka extra nipples) are a common finding that are usually present since birth. They may sometimes go unnoticed until later in life. They are benign lesions but tend to be cosmetically bothersome to patients. At OC MedDerm, our dermatologists are able to perform pain-free, sterile excisions to remove supernumerary nipples if desired. Ask Questions


Keloids are a type of scar that can appear after the skin has healed from an injury. We discuss keloids more extensively here. At OC MedDerm, our dermatologists provide various treatment options for keloid removal. Ask Questions

Xanthomas, Xanthelasma

Xanthomas and xanthelasma are discussed thoroughly here. These are common lesions that may present as ‘lumps and bumps’. Our dermatologists at OC MedDerm can provide treatment options for these skin lesions. Ask Questions


Lipomas are benign growth of fat. Usually presents as a lump between your skin and muscle that feels soft to touch. Lipomas are easily moveable with very little pressure. They are benign lesions that do not require any treatment, but if they become painful or are cosmetically bothersome you may consider removal. Ask Questions


Neurofibromas are benign, overgrowths of nerve tissue. They are common skin lesions found in isolation, but if present in high numbers may be associated with an underlying systemic disease. They are often diagnosed clinically with a ‘button-hole’ sign which is seen with invagination of the lesion when pushed directly with a finger. These lesions can be cosmetically bothersome to patients and are commonly removed with sterile, pain-free excision at OC MedDerm. Ask Questions

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There are many skin lesions that can present as ‘lumps and bumps’. This is a broad category of skin lesions and can encompass benign or cancerous lesions, therefore, it is important that you are properly evaluated by a dermatologist for correct diagnosis and treatment options. See us at OC MedDerm for medical or cosmetic ‘lumps and bumps’ diagnosis and treatment. Ask question.

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