Fibroma removal

Fibromas are very common benign skin growths which may be small and flat, elevated or suspended against the skin surface. They are absolutely harmless growths whose numbers can vary substantially – from several to hundreds. Men and women are equally predisposed to them and the main factors are genetics and obesity.  Once they appear, fibromas very rarely disappear by themselves and they gradually grow bigger, especially if they are located in areas of larger friction and pressure. Their colour may be light pink, identical to the skin complexion or dark brown. In most cases, they are elevated and the narrow basis, the so-called “shaft”. You may most often find them on the neck, the armpits, the eyelids, below the breasts and in the loins, i.e. where the skin contacts other areas of skin or the clothes. In rare cases, they may grow big to the size of a grape.


Fibromas may be found in virtually any person, especially after middle age. Children, however, may also be affected. A certain degree of hereditary predisposition may be present and with the time they tend to increase in number. Hormonal effects, especially during pregnancy, also prove to be a stimulating factor for their development.


There are misconceptions among the public that the elimination of a fibroma will lead to its dissemination. The truth is some people are more predisposed than others and periodically new fibromas simply appear on their body, whether the old ones are removed or not.


Fibromas are completely benign growths and they do not display any tendency to transform into malignant tumours. Another issue which concerns patients is whether they are contagious. Definitely not, neither for you, nor the people around you.


What problems may fibromas cause?


Apart from their unaesthetic appearance, they usually do not cause any discomfort. If subjected to very intensive friction, they are likely to get irritated and inflamed as well as to start bleeding. They may get torn away if they get entangled into a necklace or a collar.


Due to their absolutely benign nature, their removal is necessary mainly for aesthetic purposes or if you touch them too often and this is accompanied with pain and other unpleasant sensations.


There are several efficient and safe methods to eliminate them: cutting them with an electric knife, freezing them with liquid nitrogen or removing them with special scissors. The choice of method depends on the size and area of the body on which they are located, as well as on the experience of the physician. In the larger fibromas, local anaesthesia with Lidocaine or an anaesthetic cream is applied.  After such procedure, you are mainly required to protect the treated area from exposure to the sun for about one month.

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