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.