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Hello Dear Patients of Apollo Dermatology. Today, we are going to talk about a common skin condition that you may not have heard of, but have possibly seen – a Dermatofibroma. It sounds like a mouthful, doesn’t it? Don’t worry! We’re here to break down the information for you, so you can understand what a Dermatofibroma is, how to recognize it, and how it can be treated.

What is a Dermatofibroma?

A Dermatofibroma is a small, non-cancerous (benign) bump on the skin, usually brown or pink in color. They most often appear on the legs, but can be found on any part of the body. These bumps are generally harmless and are caused by an accumulation of excess fibrous tissue, the material that gives your skin its flexibility and strength.

What Does a Dermatofibroma Feel and Look Like?

A Dermatofibroma is generally small, with a diameter of about a half an inch (roughly the size of a pencil eraser). When you press it, it may feel firm and may retract inward. While it can be any color from pink to brown, it’s usually darker than the surrounding skin.

How is it Diagnosed?

Dr. Dupati will be able to diagnose a Dermatofibroma by examining the bump. In some cases, a skin biopsy may be performed. This is a simple procedure where a small piece of skin is removed and examined under a microscope to confirm the diagnosis.

How is a Dermatofibroma Treated?

In most cases, a Dermatofibroma does not require treatment as it is harmless. However, if it’s causing discomfort, pain, or you don’t like the way it looks, treatment options are available.

  1. Surgical Removal: The most common treatment is surgical removal. This is a straightforward procedure usually done under local anesthesia. Keep in mind, like any surgery, it can leave a scar.
  2. Freezing (Cryotherapy): In some cases, cryotherapy, where the Dermatofibroma is frozen with liquid nitrogen, may be used. This process can help to flatten the bump but is generally less effective in completely removing it.
  3. Laser Treatment: Laser therapy may also be an option to improve the appearance of a Dermatofibroma.

Post-Treatment Care

After the treatment, it’s important to follow your board-certified dermatologist’s instructions for wound care to prevent infection and ensure proper healing. Use sunscreen on the treated area (and all over!) as the sun can worsen the appearance of the scar.


If you think you have a Dermatofibroma, or have any concerns about your skin, do not hesitate to reach out to us at Apollo Dermatology. We are here to help you understand your skin condition and guide you through the most suitable treatment options for you.

Remember, a Dermatofibroma is generally harmless, but your comfort and satisfaction with your skin are paramount. Let us work together to ensure the health and beauty of your skin!

Wishing you clear skin and good health, The Apollo Dermatology Team

For more information or to schedule a skin check-up, please contact Apollo Dermatology. We are committed to helping you keep your skin healthy and safe.

Dr. Dupati

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