Skin Lesion Clinic

Skin Tags are also known as:

  • Acrochordon

  • Cutaneous Papilloma

  • Fibroma Pendulum

  • Papilloma Colli

A skin tag is a small tag of skin which may have a peduncle (stalk) and they can look like a small piece of soft, hanging skin.  They can appear on any part of the surface of the body, but most typically exist in areas where skin may rub against skin, such as the:

  • Eyelids

  • Underarms

  • Under the Breasts

  • Groin

  • Upper chest

  • Neck

Skin tags are invariably benign – non cancerous tumours of the skin which cause no symptoms, unless it is repeatedly rubbed or scratched and this may happen with clothing, jewelry, or when shaving. Very large skin tags may burst under pressure.  Skin tags are composed of a core of fibers and ducts, nerve cells, fat cells and a covering of epidermis (skin)

Spider Naevi
also otherwise known as:

  • Spider Veins

  •  Spider Angioma

  • Vascular Spider

It is a collection of small, dilated arterioles (blood vessels) clustered very close to the surface of the skin. The cluster of vessels is web-like, with a central spot and radiating vessels; hence the name spider.

Spider naevi can be caused by injuries, sun exposure, hormonal changes, or liver disease, but often the cause is unknown. For most people, the nevi are not a medical concern, but in some cases they may cause discomfort.

Telangiectasias are small, widened blood vessels on the skin. They are usually meaningless, but may be associated with several diseases. Telangiectasias may develop anywhere within the body but can be easily seen in the skin, mucous membranes, and whites of the eyes. Usually, they do not cause symptoms. However, some telangiectasias bleed and cause significant problems. Telangiectasias may also occur in the brain and cause major problems from bleeding.

Causes may include:

  • Alcohol

  • Ageing

  • Genetics

  • Pregnancy

  • Sun Exposure

Seborrhoeic Warts
are also known as seborrhoeic keratoses. In the past they were also called senile warts. They usually look like greasy or crusty spots which seem to be stuck on to the skin. The colour varies but usually they are darkish brown or black. Seborrhoeic warts tend first to appear around the age of 40. They can sometimes run in families. The actual cause of seborrhoeic warts is unknown. It can be common to develop several seborrhoeic warts as you become older. Also, as time goes by, each wart tends to grow slightly and become darker. They can occur anywhere on your body, other than on your palms or soles.

Seborrhoeic warts are always benign. That means they do not spread and they are not cancerous. The main problem is that they can sometimes look unsightly, particularly if they develop on your face.

Campbell de Morgan Spots are red spots known as cherry angiomas or haemangioma and are named after the nineteenth century surgeon, Campbell de Morgan, who first noted and described them. They tend to occur in people over 40, and with greater frequency as we age; so they’re sometimes referred to as senile angiomas for this reason. The bright red or purple colour of the spots is a result of tiny capillaries at the skin’s surface clustering together and dilating.

Campbell de Morgan spots are benign and usually not painful, but can be prone to bleeding if scratched. They appear all over the body and seem to proliferate quickly with age, which can be quite unsightly.

These tufted proliferations of blood vessels under the skin are genetically programmed; often older family members will have the same spots. They are usually very small when they appear, but they will increase in both number and size over time. If the spots are located in an area around a collar or waistband, friction will cause irritation of these little lesions.