Mole & Skin Tag Removal

Eliminate those unwanted moles or skin tags permanently with either laser or minor skin surgery.

Rediscover your true look at DermMedica…

with one of our mole & skin tag removal treatments…

Even supermodels are plagued by the freckle’s bigger and uglier cousin, the mole! They can’t be reasoned with and they can’t be bought off, once you have it, it’s yours for life. We do have many methods for removing these unwanted skin lesions with normally little to no sign afterwards. Dr. Crippen treats moles and skin tags on a regular basis so give us a call today to be free once again and feel more confident in your skin.

WHAT WE TREAT

MOLES
SKIN TAGS
SEBACEOUS CYSTS

AREAS TREATED

FACE
CHEST
BACK
SOULDERS
AND MORE!

EQUIPMENT / TECHNIQUES

Laser
Minor Skin Surgery
VBEAM Laser

More About our Vbeam Laser

Vbeam Laser

We will help you eliminate redness and blood vessels on your face or other body parts so that you can live more confidently with our Vbeam laser.

The VBeam laser (also sometimes known as a vascular laser) is a pulsed dye laser. This means that the light energy is delivered in a series of pulses to reduce red marks and treat dilated blood vessels. The Vbeam laser treatment works on multiple areas of the body and it is effective for many different skin conditions both medical and cosmetic in nature.

This vascular laser targets the blood vessels specifically to damage them permanently so the body removes them over a few days to weeks with little to no peripheral damage.

Procedure Time: 15-30 minutes
Recovery Time: 0-2 days usually
Lasts: Permanent however new blood vessels usually grow back over time.
Technique: Laser treatment on surface of skin
Pain Level: Minimal to moderate depending on area and patient
Results: In 1-5 days results are usually apparent.
Anesthesia: Topical cream for some patients is recommended.

Why Choose Us?
Dr. Crippen is certified by the ABLS and ASLMS in laser procedures.

Eribium Laser | Skin Lesions

We will remove those moles or skin lesions to help your skin look its best and for you to feel confident in yourself.

Not all moles are the perfect size and location to qualify as a beauty mark like Cindy Crawford has enjoyed throughout her modeling career. Most are unwanted and in locations we would rather not have anything. How rude! We have multiple options to remove these pesky unwanted permanent visitors for good with little to no downtime at the hands of Dr. Crippen who has been removing skin lesions for almost two decades. Trust your skin and future confidence to someone who has the right training and experience.

How the treatment Works Overview

We usually anesthetize the area first and then proceed to gently remove the lesion with an ablative laser. The lesion is immediately gone and a dressing is applied to the treated area to speed and promote good healing.

Procedure Time: 15-30 minutes depending on the location and number of lesions
Recovery Time: None, skin will take a few weeks to heal
Lasts: Permanent, although deep lesions may recur over time
Technique: Laser skin excision
Pain Level: None with anesthesia
Results: Long Lasting
Anesthesia: Local Anesthetic

Why Choose Us?
Our gentle ablative erbium laser is the perfect tool for this job. It removes just the amount of tissue required.

What Makes Us Different?
We have multiple laser devices to treat the skin, as each one is very specific for one job only.

Sebaceous Cysts

We will help you get rid of these cysts and feel more confident in your skin.

Cysts are never pretty or desirable and they are impossible to remove on your own however most of them can be treated with the right procedure. A little minor skin procedure and they should be gone forever. Get back your confidence and remove those annoying cysts forever.

Treatment Results

Just like skin, results may vary. These pictures (of our awesome, real-life clients!) help you see what is possible and sets a realistic expectation.

We’d love to get to know you, learn more about your goals, and see what treatment options would suit you best.

Book a consultation with us today!

*Treatment results may vary from person to person

  • I have had the pleasure of seeing Dr. Crippen for awhile now, he does botox injections for me every 3 months. I was very nervous at first, but the staff and Dr. Crippen made me feel at ease right away. He is a wonderful Doctor, very caring and does a fantastic job. I highly recommend Dr. Crippen. Staff is also excellent!!! Thank you.

    LK Jan 15, 2013
  • Dr. Crippen is an absolute maser with Botox. I’ve had little filler implants done around my face, my ears and lips so far, and each operation came out looking exactly the way I had hoped. Not too puffy, not too thin.

    John Savill Sep 4, 2014
  • This place does the best work of all the skincare clinics I’ve tried in the Vancouver area. I go back periodically for new botox and juvederm injections, and they always make it look brand new and just right every single time. This place has earned my business.

    Greg Monte Aug 26, 2014
  • I was deeply impressed with the work of this clinic. We visited for my teenage daughter after over-the-counter medications had failed her. The acne removal treatment recommended and performed by Doctor Crippen was incredibly effective. We’ve been back for a couple more treatments over the years, and they are all as effective. I wanted to note in particular that he and the staff had a wonderful manner while administering treatment. My daughter typically hates clinical environments but she always felt very comfortable here.

    Phoebe Provenzano Jun 29, 2014
  • This is the only place that I’ve gone for age spots since it opened. I loved how easily I could schedule at short notice, and the commitment the staff showed to making sure that I understood everything I wanted to know. I was treated very well here.

    Yolanda Tighman Sep. 05, 2014
  • I loved how little time it took to set up the chemical peel treatment and to get it. Your clinic made the day very convenient for me, especially since two other clinics had already told me that they couldn’t fit me in that. Your chemical peel was also one of the most effective that I’ve ever had. I’m extremely satisfied.

    SeasonDucharme Sep. 5, 2014
  • I had excellent results with a Coolsculpting operation at this clinic. Dr. Crippen took me through everything I wanted to know before we started, and I was still surprised at how easy it was. It took a little longer than I would have liked for the results to kick in, but I didn’t change anything and I lost weight.

    Ami Hamann Aug 26, 2014
  • My coolsculpting treatment was first performed at this clinic, at the Kelowna location, which might be their only one. I’ve never had coolsculpting performed anywhere else, so I can’t judge the quality compared to other clinics, but it was really effective. The procedure was completely painless and didn’t even feel uncomfortable. The easiest weight I have ever lost.

    Ron Woodhouse Jul 06, 2014
  • Dr Crippen performed the Juvederm treatment in a highly professional, caring and pleasant manner. I found the entire experience to be a comfortable one and despite having some initial reservations/nervousness, both he and his extremely competent staff, made me feel totally at ease and reassured. I cannot speak highly enough of the entire experience of being treated by Dr Crippen and his staff.

    DC Feb 9, 2012
  • I chose DermMedica hoping they would be able to help me with my lips. Dr. Crippen recommended a Juvederm filler, and I’m thrilled with both how easy it was and how great it looks. I was particularly pleased with the end result of the lip filler because I’ve had friends with that swollen look, and I did not want any part of that.

    Harold Elliott Sep. 2, 2014

Mole and skin tag removal in Kelowna

Kelowna mole removal is a relatively fast and painless procedure that is performed using some of our most modern lasers or minor surgical methods. If you have been frustrated by moles and skin tags anywhere on your body, please contact us for a consultation. We can remove these spots completely with minimal trauma to the skin.

Moles & Skin Tags Explained

Moles and skin tags are growths that occur on the skin in a variety of colours. You can see some examples of the skin tags that we have treated in the before-after gallery just before. They are often pink, tan or brown. Skin tags protrude from the skin which can cause a person to feel uncomfortable or self-conscious.

These spots 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 into tags. Depending on the form this growth takes they are either called a mole, nevi or skin tag.

Moles, nevi and skin tags and skin cancer moles are relatively simple to remove for physicians with a lot of experience. The method, however, used depends on the location and type.

Mole Removal Methods

Moles can be removed using laser excision or surgical excision. We may choose to recommend one method or the other during your consultation, but regardless of the method, mole removal is a relatively simple outpatient procedure.

Skin tags are often removed with a laser that targets the water molecules in the skin tag base. Our lasers are specifically designed for this kind of close work, so a laser can often 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 the consultation.

Laser removal treatments

Erbium Laser

Fractional CO2 Laser

Photodynamic Therapy (Skin Cancer)

I never knew I could do something about this before I came to see Dr. Crippen. I am very pleased with the results, great work.
– Mark

I had these slow-growing moles for many years, I’m so glad I finally had them treated. It was so much easier than I thought it was going to be!
– Jane

My black mole is now gone, thanks to Dr. Crippen and his wonderful staff. I will be back again for other treatments.
– Lucy

ERBIUM LASER | SKIN LESIONS TREATMENT

Erbium Laser for Skin Lesions

An Erbium Laser vaporizes water to remove layers of unwanted or problematic skin such as acne scars, moles, skin cancer, sun damaged skin, or wrinkles, while also promoting the skin renewal.

How Does an Erbium Laser Work?

Erbium Lasers heat water to such a degree that the water vaporizes. When directed at the problem skin area, skin cells are gently removed, exposing fresh layers of lower lying skin. The heat from the laser also helps to stimulate the growth of new collagen, aiding in the development of younger, smoother skin.

What Conditions Does an Erbium Laser Treat?

What is the Procedure?

At DermMedica, the average Erbium Laser appointment is 15-20 minutes. Upon arrival to the office, topical freezing is applied to the problem area, the laser is used to remove the tissue, and then a healing ointment is applied over the treatment site.

What is the Recovery Time?

Dependent – on the condition, depth and type of area treated. Patients are encouraged to moisturize the skin, apply sunscreen, avoid sun exposure, and maintain a regular cleansing schedule during the recovery process. As result of the treatment patients can experience minimal crusting, redness, and irritation. Healing times vary between 1 day to 1 week depending on the patients particular condition.

What Are the Expected Results?

Usually the condition or problem being treated is greatly improved. In most cases a maintenance treatment will be required to see further improvements as each session will reveal newer skin.  Removal of moles and other types of lesions usually involves at least a few weeks of healing time but because this laser only heats the skin to a small degree it is ideal for removing superficial skin lesions without damage to the surrounding tissue.

SEBACEOUS CYSTS TREATMENT

Sebaceous Cysts – Treatment Options

A sebaceous cyst(epidermoid cyst more correctly) is a closed sac under the skin filled with a cheese-like or oily material. Sebaceous cysts are usually found on the face, neck, and upper body, and are usually slow- growing, painless, freely movable lumps beneath the skin. When a cyst becomes infected it can become inflamed and tender.

What Are the Symptoms of Sebaceous Cysts?

  • Appearance of a small lump beneath the skin (non-painful)
  • Redness
  • Tenderness
  • Increased temperature around the area of the cyst
  • Thick, grayish-white, foul-smelling discharge coming from the infected area

What Are the Causes of Sebaceous Cysts?

Sebaceous cysts are most commonly the result of blocked pores in the skin which then results in accumulation of this material in a sac. They can sometimes be incited by trauma but it is mostly a genetic condition wherein some people are more prone to developing them then others just as some people are more acne prone.

What Are the Treatments?

Place a warm moist cloth over the cyst and apply pressure to help drain the infectious fluid.  If you currently have a sebaceous cyst or epidermoid cyst, then excision of this lesion is preferred.  Unless the lesions is completely removed it will recur again over time.  Dr. Crippen performs these excisions in his office with the use of a local anesthetic so there is no discomfort whatsoever with the excision process.  After the treatment you will have one or more stitches to close the incision which will require removal in the next week or so.  During that healing time you will be given clear instructions about how to care for your skin so as to maximize your healing potential.

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

If you’ve had a mole for a really long time is there still a point in treating it?

Moles are simple and straightforward to remove regardless of how long you’ve had them, and the same is true of skin tag removal. 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 mole on the border of my lip that I need to have removed. Mole removal by dermatologist or plastic surgeon?

Mole removal is a short, safe outpatient procedure that can be handled safely by Dr. Crippen CCFP FCFP.

How can I tell if mole is cancerous?

If you suspect that your mole may in fact be a cancerous growth, you should consult with Dr. Crippen immediately. Any growth that may be cancerous should be inspected as soon as possible so it can be cured with a removal procedure.

What are the best aftercare practices post-mole removal?

After your procedure, you will be given after-care instructions based on the size of your mole and the treatment that you chose. Most often, those recommendations will not even require bandages. In most cases, it will be fine to return to your daily life with no significant changes.

Mild, Moderate and Severe Moles: Should They All be Removed?

Most moles are not dangerous but can be removed when they begin to cause discomfort or create an unpleasant look for you. There is not an official designation for ‘severe moles’, but any mole or growth that seems to be developing quickly should be seen by a doctor to determine if it is or is not cancerous.

How does laser mole or skin tag removal work?

Our different lasers work in different ways. Our Erbium and Fractional CO2 lasers heat water in the skin, removing skin cells quickly and efficiently while then allowing for the skin to heal afterwards. This makes them very effective for targeting small, discolored areas like moles.

What is the recovery time for skin tag removal?

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.

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. 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 usually eliminates the risk of cancer. A mole can also be biopsied after removal to determine whether it was benign or potentially cancerous.

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