You should consider having a dermatofibroma removed only if it's causing discomfort or you don't like the way one looks. Permanent removal of a dermatofibroma requires minor surgery, which will leave a scar. Less-disfiguring methods are available for removing dermatofibromas. Doctors can use liquid nitrogen to freeze a dermatofibroma or shave one away with a special instrument. However, these techniques are usually not permanent, and the dermatofibroma may reappear.
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- Should a dermatofibroma be removed?
How are dermatofibromas treated?
Doctors can treat dermatofibromas, but in most cases that's not necessary. These small, firm reddish or brown bumps and spots on the skin may cause some itching, but they're otherwise harmless. A doctor can remove a dermatofibroma if it's causing irritation or a patient simply doesn't like the way it looks. Permanent removal requires minor surgery. In the procedure, a physician uses a scalpel to remove the entire dermatofibroma, but this will leave a scar. As alternatives, doctors can freeze a dermatofibroma or use a special instrument to shave it off the skin. However, the latter techniques don't remove the portion of the dermatofibroma beneath the skin, so the dermatofibroma may reappear later.
When is a scar that has grown bigger a sign of a keloid?
Keloids are overgrown scar formations on the skin. When your skin is cut open, your body repairs the damage by sending cells to the wound to form a scar, a kind of natural protective patch. However, in some people the body gets carried away and builds a very large scar. Keloids are more common in certain people, including:
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- adolescents going through puberty
- blacks, Latinos, and Asians
- pregnant women