Moles and skin tags are growths that occur on the skin in a variety of colours. They are often pink, tan or brown. Skin tags protrude from the skin which can cause a person to feel uncomfortable or self conscious.
Moles and skin tags occur when there is a growth of pigmented cells called melanocytes close to one another. They can either be a discoloured spot on the skin or can grow out of the skin. Depending on the form this growth takes they are either called a mole, nevi or skin tag.
Moles, nevi and skin tags are easy to remove. The method used depends on the location and type.
Moles can be removed using a laser excision or a surgical excision. Mole removal is a simple outpatient procedure which causes mild discomfort after treatment.
Skin tags can be removed with a laser that targets the pigment in the skin tag or by an excision at the base of the skin tag. Often a laser can be used to remove only the skin that needs to be removed minimizing healing times.
For areas that are just pigmented but not raised a pigment specific laser can be used to fade the pigment. Dr. Crippen can tell you which cosmetic skin procedure is best during a consultation.
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Quick Answers About Moles
If you've had a mole for a really long time is there still a point in treating it? Does it ever become too late? Is it harder to remove the longer you've had it?
Moles are simple and straightforward to remove regardless of how long you’ve had them. To remove a mole the base of it is cut out and then sutures are used to close the cut. It usually leaves a small white line as a scar.
I have a lot of moles in a certain spot on my skin. Does that present a health problem I should be worried about?
There are lots of different types of moles and locations of moles. Some moles can present the risk of cancer. You should be weary of a mole that has changed or is larger than a quarter. A doctor would be able to tell you whether you should be concerned upon seeing the mole. Removing a mole eliminates the risk of cancer. A mole can also be biopsied after removal to determine whether it was benign or potentially cancerous.
What is the recovery time for skin tag removal? If I have a lot of them in one place how long will it take to recover and what will that involve? Does it result in scarring?
It depends on the size of a skin tag how long it takes to recover. Usually it takes a few weeks for the skin to heal but this depends on the person. The area may be red for a longer period of time than what is needed for basic healing.
Is it painful to have skin tags removed? How many can you remove at once?
Skin tags are often called benign tumours and are a common occurrence. They are easy to remove. Local anesthetic is applied to the area so the patient doesn’t feel any pain. Sometimes laser are used but it depends on the nature of the skin tag. Many patients have a number of them and we can remove many in one session.