Dermatofibroma Removal at the Altruderm Clinic: 6 of Your Questions Answered

by | Apr 1, 2024 | The Skin Blog | 0 comments

What Is a Dermatofibroma?

A dermatofibroma is a harmless, nodular lesion that sits in the deeper layers of the skin. It is a firm bump and can range in colour from pink to brown.

Are They Dangerous?

Dermatofibromas are not dangerous or cancerous. They are benign nodules that sit under the skin, and it is not necessary to treat them. However, you may find the lesion annoying or unsightly and may choose to have it removed for this reason.

What Is the ‘Pinch Test’?

Dermatofibromas can have a dimple or depression when pinched. As part of your clinical examination, your clinician may carry out this ‘pinch test’ to determine if your lesion is a dermatofibroma. At the Altruderm clinic, we will also carry out a dermatoscopic examination where the doctor assesses the lesion using magnification.

Is a Surgical Excision the Best Method of Removal?

If you decide that you would like to have your dermatofibroma removed then surgical excision, with adequate margins, is the best method of removal. This ensures that the dermatofibroma is unlikely to recur.

What Type of Anaesthetic Is Used for This Procedure?

Dermatofibroma removal is a minor surgical procedure carried out under local anaesthetic. The dermatofibroma is numbed by injection so you will not feel any pain when the lesion is removed. You will be awake and the doctor will check with you to ensure you do not feel any pain. As this procedure is carried out using local anaesthetic you will be able to return to your normal duties straight away, but avoiding any strenuous exercise.

What Is the Recommended Aftercare Following a Dermatofibroma Removal?

Following your procedure the area will have a dressing which should remain on and dry for 2 days. After this you should remove the dressing. If your sutures are dissolving, they will disappear over time. If your sutures are non-dissolving you will return to the clinic to have them removed. In either case, you are welcome to attend the clinic for a wound check at any time. The type of suture chosen for your procedure will depend on where the dermatofibroma is on the body.

You will be given an after-care information leaflet to refer to.

All dermatofibroma samples are sent to the histopathology lab for analysis and diagnostic confirmation.

If you would like to book a consultation to discuss dermatofibroma removal at the Altruderm clinic contact us on 0141 370 6201 or via our website

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