Removal of Moles & Tags

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 Removal of Moles & Tags

Different skin lesions or growths like moles and skin tags, which are otherwise harmless, can impact a person’s confidence. These can look ugly and out of place. Medically, tags are called acrochordon, and moles are called a melanocytic nevus. Moles are growths formed by clustered skin cells or melanocytes, while tags are tiny balloon-like structures, soft to touch. Both the lesions are common growths and are primarily benign. The good thing is that our medical professionals can remove moles and tags.

Possible Causes

Both moles and tags have different causes.

  • Moles 
  • The skills cells are not naturally distributed in the skin.
  • They start to grow in a cluster. The pigment in the cells gives them a dark color.
  • Hereditary
  • Environmental factors like exposure to the sun 
  • Skin Tags
  • The exact cause of tags is not known.
  • Primarily seen in obese people developed due to rubbing of the skin.
  • Also, seen in aged people (over 50 years)
  • Hormones 

Risk Factors

The risk factors associated with mole and tags are:

  • Overweight
  • Diabetes
  • Human papilloma virus
  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Genetics

Signs and Symptoms 

  • Moles 
  • Characterized by tan, pink, black or brown color.
  • These are oval, round, or dome-shaped.
  • They have a smooth surface with distinct edges.
  • Moles are more petite than one-fourth of an inch.
  • Grow during the childhood 
  • Can be raised or change color later
  • Hair may appear sometimes. 
  • Mole growth is visible on any body part, especially in areas exposed to the sun.
  • Moles are of concern only if these are growing in size or changing color.
  • Skin tags
  • Small-sized.
  • Soft balloon-like
  • Grows in skin folds like armpits, groin, eyelids, buttock folds, etc.
  • Irritation in the area.

Diagnosis 

The dermatologists are able to diagnose skin tags and mole by looking at them. In most cases people only require a visual exam. However, if doctor has any doubt, they may also perform a biopsy. A lab test and a particular tissue inspection are used to confirm the mole’s origin.

Treatment Options at 7DMC

Licensed and trained doctors at the 7DMC Aesthetics & Dermatology Clinic are experts in offering optimized patient care solutions. With a mix of non-invasive and invasive procedures, we aim at providing holistic treatment. Some of treatment options we offer:

Moles: Our specialists evaluate the moles to understand if these are regular or cancerous. Ordinary moles generally do not require removal. Cancerous moles need to be removed. If tests show that the mole is cancerous, it is removed via surgical procedures. It necessitates the use of in-office techniques.

  • Surgical excisions – in this procedure, the area is numbed first. A circular blade or a scalpel is used to cut the lesion in one go. The skin is then stitched.
  • Surgical shave – if the moles are small-sized, the doctor shaves off the moles with a small blade after numbing the area. No stitches are required.

Skin Tags Removal Treatment: Our doctors evaluate the tags and advice removal only if the lesions irritate or become the source of discomfort for the patient. Experts will recommend skin tags removal if it is an aesthetic or cosmetic issue. 

  • Ligation – It is an outpatient procedure involving the application of local anesthesia, tying the tags with thread, and cutting them off. 
  • Freezing or Cryotherapy – in this method, the tag is frozen using liquid nitrogen.
  • Surgery – scalpel and scissors are used to remove the tag.
  • Electrosurgery – electrical energy is used to burn the tag.

Our plastic surgeons and dermatologists have specialized knowledge of safe cosmetic skin-growth removal procedures to offer the desired results.

FAQs

Frequently asked questions

When you notice changes in a mole’s color, size, or shape, you must visit a dermatologist for evaluation. Also keep an eye if they bleed, ooze, itch, or become tender or painful.

Most moles are harmless and painless unless rubbed or they bump against something. Skin tags are also harmless, small, soft pieces of skin that hangs out. They mostly appear on the neck, upper trunk, armpits, and body folds.

Friction and rubbing may lead to the formation of a skin tag. Sometimes use of cheap alloy jewelry can also cause skin tag. If you are over the age of 50 or have diabetes, you are more prone to skin tags.