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Benign cutaneous neoformations
True beauty lies in the beholder’s eyes

A great number of different lesions are indicated by the term benign cutaneous neoformation, and as they are non-neoplastic they have a positive prognosis. There are too many to list here, but in general they can be classified according to their clinical appearance, histological appearance, and other factors that are connected to the patient and not the lesion (age, sun exposure, gender etc.). They can be nodular, papular, macular, pigmented, subepidermal or connected to the hair follicles. In our experience the most common types are seborrheic keratosis, fibroepithelial polyps, keratoacanthoma, pyogenic granuloma, cutaneous horns, adenoma sebaceum, dermatofibroma, sebaceous cysts, neurofibroma, lipoma. All these lesions can be surgically removed and some of them, due to their superficial nature, can be removed by CO2 or Erbium laser ablation. Actinic keratosis and Bowen’s disease, although they are classified as benign conditions, are also definitely precancerous lesions (or even intraepilethial neoplasias) and must be removed. Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) or laser-assisted PDT are extremely effective methods for removing such lesions, and also offer superb aesthetic results.

TYPE OF TREATMENT/strong>
Surgical removal / PDT / laser-assisted PDT
INFORMED CONSENT REQUIRED
Yes
TECHNOLOGY USED
In some cases ultrapulsing CO2 laser and 630nm light (red colour)
LENGTH OF EACH TREATMENT
Very variable, depending on the dimensions of the lesion to be removed (from 10 to 60 minutes). For PDT see the relevant page
NUMBER OF TREATMENTS
1 / variable
TIME BETWEEN TREATMENTS
Variable
TYPE OF ANAESTHETIC
Local anaesthetic by injection / none
SIDE-EFFECTS(ALSO TEMPORARY)
Moderate discomfort for the first 24 hours. Removal of stitches depends on the anatomical position of the removed lesion (from 5 to 15 days). Very rare infections are treated with antibiotics. In the case of removal by shaving or CO2 or Erbium laser, the wound is medicated with antibiotic ointment until it heals (6-10 days) and UV ray exposure must be avoided. For PDT see the relevant page
PRECAUTIONS BEFORE TREATMENT
No anticoagulant or antiaggregant drugs (e.g. aspirin). For PDT see the relevant page
PRECAUTIONS AFTER TREATMENT
Avoid sun exposure. For PDT see the relevant page