Skin tags are small, soft noncancerous growths that hang off the skin, forming in areas like the neck, eyelids, skin folds, under your breasts, upper trunk, and in the folds of your groin area and buttocks. They are harmless, and the cause is unknown.
Moles are growths on the skin that produce color (brown, black, blue, or flesh-colored) and can appear anywhere on the skin in groups or alone. They are also painless and harmless. Both skin tags and moles can cause discomfort when you rub on them or against clothing, when they are snagged by jewelry, or when they bump against something.
Typically, most moles and skin tags do not require treatment, but you can have them removed for cosmetic purposes. Most people may be tempted to remove them at home, but it is best for your doctor to remove your skin tags and moles. Home remedies often lead to infections, scarring, or bleeding. Our experienced doctors can detect if a mole looks different and might order a biopsy and take it to the lab to rule out cancer.
Skin Tag Removal
Skin tags can be removed using the following methods:
- Electrosurgery: This burns off the tag using an electric current that passes through a hot wire which burns through the narrow stem that attaches the skin tag to the skin. A topical numbing gel may be applied before treatment.
- Excision: This involves cutting off the skin tag using a scalpel or surgical scissors. This method is preferred to remove large skin tags and is done at our offices on an outpatient basis. The procedure is done under local anesthesia.
- Cryosurgery: The procedure involves using a special spraying gun to apply a small amount of extremely cold liquid nitrogen to freeze the skin tag away. The frozen skin tag will turn white before it returns to normal temperature. You might feel minor discomfort or a brief burning sensation during treatment. The scab will fall off after one or two weeks.
There are several ways to remove a mole, including:
- Scalpel removal: We will use a scalpel to cut away the mole and surrounding tissue and stitch you up, but you may be left with a small scar depending on the mole’s size.
- Punch biopsy: This procedure uses a specialized punch tool placed over the mole and essentially ‘punches’ out the mole and surrounding area, eradicating it.
- Shave biopsy: This procedure uses a razor blade to shave the mole from the skin and the surrounding area.
Skin tag and mole removal treatments are quick, and we use local anesthesia to make the procedures as painless and comfortable as possible. Our state-of-the-art clinic uses the latest techniques to ensure effective treatment to help improve your skin’s appearance, leaving you looking and feeling your best.
Contact us today for expert mole and skin tag removal, or schedule an appointment online.