Moles and other skin abnormalities play an important role in the overall skin health. They require appropriate diagnosis first in order to determine whether treatment is required. If removal is optional, the cosmetic outcome is most important. Dr. Fechner has extensive experience in treating moles, blemishes and tumors of the skin. He applies a gentle treatment approach finding the appropriate balance of efficacy and cosmetic outcome for these benign lesions. When skin cancer is a concern, ready diagnosis, appropriate treatment and reconstruction are important.
Whenever new skin moles develop, evaluation by a specialist should be considered in order to ensure that an important condition such as skin cancer is not missed. And even “sores” that appear to be the result of scratches or other minor traumas should be checked if they fail to heal within a reasonable period of time.
Below is a short list of skin abnormalities that are benign. They still may cause an aesthetic concern and can be treated.
are small blood vessels that appear prominent through the skin. Spider veins are common on the side of the nose, the cheeks and the forehead. They can develop after skin surgery and may be present in rosacea (see below).
are brown well-demarcated spots. They can appear anywhere on the face or neck and may be the result of sun exposure. Lentigo blemishes are flat.
are common brown or pale skin growths that occur frequently around the eyes, neck and other parts of the face and body. They have a narrow stalk and can be easily removed in the office.
is a chronic skin condition which is sometimes mistaken as adult acne. It most commonly effects people in their 40s and 50s and may worsen with time. Most rosacea sufferers flush easily. They have varying degrees of redness of cheeks and nose, small pimples and small spider veins.
is raised brown skin growth that appears with age. They have a rough surface and can appear anywhere in the face as sun exposure does not appear to play a role in their development. With time, they color may darken which can lead to concern although they are benign and can be treated in the office.
are small red or purple nodules and represent an abnormal growth of blood vessels. Occurring later in life, they can be effectively treated with minimal-invasive techniques.
is a scaly pinkish plaque of the sun exposed skin. They are common in middle-aged people of pale skin types. Because actinic keratosis carries an approximately 15% risk of developing into skin cancer (squamous cell cancer), they should be watched and treated.
is a common nodule often with a central pit. It is usually found on sun-exposed parts of the body. Because of its appearance, it can be easily confused with squamous cell cancer. Keratoacanthomas should be removed.
is a skin lesion of light-brown to brown color. Sometimes, moles are of normal skin color or even pale. They represent a benign growth of nevus cells which are normally present in the skin. Depending on the location of these nevus cells within the various layers of the skin, nevi can be flat (macule) or raised (nodule). Development into a cancer (i.e. melanoma) is very rare.
is a cystic growth filled with a paste-like cheesy material. These skin cysts often get bigger as more of material collects inside. Sometimes, cysts become infected and inflamed which may require treatment.
is a benign growth originating from fat cells. They may appear as soft bumps in the skin of varying size. Lipomas usually grow slowly and should be removed surgically.
On behalf of the entire team at Fechner MD Plastic Surgery & Medical Spa, we would like to take a moment to say thank you again for your loyalty and support during this unprecedented time. The past several months have been unlike anything we've ever experienced, and we're working hard to evolve so that we can continue to provide you with the patient experience you have come to expect from our practice.
Since the beginning of the COVID-19 worldwide pandemic, Fechner MD Plastic Surgery & Medical Spa has taken extreme precautionary measures, in addition to following the most up to date CDC recommendations and state guidelines to maximize the health and safety of our patients, staff and facility. Our surgical center and medical spa remain committed to providing the best patient care, and we are actively working to take all necessary precautions as we plan to safely re-open our practice. Please help us continue to protect the health and well-being of our patients and workplace by cooperating with all of our precautionary measures and protocols against COVID-19 at your next appointment, or as you plan for your surgery.
As a fully accredited surgical facility, Fechner MD has always observed the highest level of safety and sanitation. In fact, as a surgeon, Dr. Fechner is an expert in infection control. We want to ensure that we are doing everything possible for our patients to safely return for surgical and medical spa treatments alike.
The upgraded work flow and safety protocols we have implemented at Fechner MD far exceed those being recommended by any government agency.
Fechner MD will adhere to all local, state, and government mandates. We expect to cautiously resume medical spa and injectable treatments during Phase 2 of the Massachusetts phased reopening. We are awaiting a definitive date from Governor Baker. Cosmetic surgery is expected to resume during Phase 3 of Governor Baker’s plan. We ask for your patience and understanding as our staff is working diligently to reschedule all surgeries and procedures affected by our closure. Please understand that in order to open and adhere to Massachusetts guidelines, we will need to limit the number of staff and patients we have in our building and extend the time between patient appointments in order to sanitize rooms. This means we will have fewer available openings for procedures. In order to maximize our provider appointments, we will continue to hold consultations virtually rather than in person, with a few exceptions (body contouring, Instalift, vein treatments).
We thank you in advance for your patience throughout this time, and we look forward to seeing you here again as we begin to resume business operations. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Fechner MD Plastic Surgery & Medical Spa at (508) 754-4000 and our team will gladly assist you. Thank you!