Dermatofibroma Removal

Dermatofibroma Removal is a relatively simple procedure.

These are benign overgrowths of fibrous tissue in the dermis layer of the skin and can occur anywhere on the body but are mostly common on the lower leg, arms and back.  It is thought that dermatofibromas are most likely to occur following insect bites or minor trauma.  They often itch and irritate when they first occur, and this generally settles after a few weeks or months. They can sometimes be sore when knocked

They are firm hard lumps embedded in the skin and are usually light brown although the colour may vary.

Dermatofibromas are more common in women than men. It is not uncommon to develop several dermatofibromas at different body sites.

Treatments for dermatofibromas

These are harmless and as such do not generally require any treatment.  However, some people feel that they are unsightly and would prefer to have them removed.  Treatment is usually only necessary if they grow significantly or cause persistent discomfort, otherwise removal would be for cosmetic purposes.


The removal of Dermatofibromas involve the deeper layers of the skin and can only be effectively treated by shaving or by surgical removal (full excision) under local anaesthetic. The NHS does not currently offer removal of dermatofibromas.

What are the complications of surgical removal of dermatofibroma?

Realistically surgical removal will leave a scar which may or may not be bigger than the dermatofibroma (depending on the size of the dermatofibroma). The cosmetic result may potentially look more unsightly than the original skin lesion.

As with any surgical procedure, infection, scarring and bleeding may be potential complications. When removing dermatofibromas on the lower leg, the wound may be slow to heal or cause a stretched white scar.

At the time of treatment or at consultation, full details on treatment and aftercare will be given.



  • Shaving if considered suitable £295
  • Full surgical excision £350