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Benign skin lesions are non-cancerous skin growths. The can be removed if causing irritation or you don't like the appearance but Medicare rebates do not apply for cosmetic procedures.

Common types of
benign skin lesions


  • Naevus/ mole - caused by visible clusters of cells in the skin; can develop before or shortly after birth (congenital naevi) or develop later in life (acquired naevi); there are lots of different types of naevi


Dermal naevus

  • Ephelis (freckle) - small, light brown or tan mark on the skin which tend to fade in the winter

  • Lentigo (brown sun spots) - pigmented flat or slightly raised lesion with a clearly defined edge; does not fade in winter months like freckles; several different kinds

  • Seborrhoeic keratois - harmless warty spot that appears during adult life as a common sign of skin aging; some people have hundreds of them

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  • Angioma (or haemangioma) - benign vascular skin lesion made of the cells that line the inside of blood vessels; the most common type is a cherry angioma

  • Dermatofibroma - benign fibrous nodule usually found on the skin of the lower legs; sometimes attributed to minor trauma such as an insect bite; made of fibroblasts which are connective tissue cells

  • Sebaceous hyperplasia - enlarged sebaceous glands seen on the forehead or cheeks typically in middle-aged and older people

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  • Wart - very common benign lesion caused by infection with human papillomavirus (HPV)

  • Skin tag - soft harmless lesion that appears to hang of the skin

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  • Cyst - benign, round, dome-shaped encapsulated lesions that contains fluid or semi-fluid material; several different types

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