Clinical Dermatology


Cutaneous papillomas are benign skin tumors and are not related to carcinoma. They are not transmitted from person to person. They multiply and spread in the same person, after rubbing or injuring the area.

They are usually soft, with a stalk (root), and color like normal skin or towards brown. They appear mainly on the face, neck, armpits, chest and groin. Papillomas are usually asymptomatic and are not associated with an increased risk of developing skin cancer.

The treatment consists in the removal of the papillomas, mainly for aesthetic, but also functional reasons.

What are the main methods for removing papillomas?

  • Use of CO2 surgical laser,
  • Cryotherapy,
  • Surgical section with scissors