Skin Tag and Mole Removal

Moles and skin tags are common growths that appear on the skin. While these are not usually harmful, they can be annoying and get stuck on clothing and jewelry. If you are interested in removing a mole or skin tag, we offer services at Jupiter Dermatology.

What are Moles and Skin Tags?

Moles are skin growths that are made up of cells that produce pigment. A mole can appear anywhere on the skin and may be in groups or stand alone. Moles are usually brown in color, but can also be black, blue, or flesh-colored. The majority of moles are harmless and are not painful.

Skin tags are small pieces of skin that protrude out on a thin stem. They often appear on the neck, upper trunk, body folds, or armpits. While the cause of skin tags is unknown, they are harmless.

While most moles and skin tags do not require treatment, some people want to remove them for cosmetic reasons, or because they rub up against clothing and jewelry.

Mole and Skin Tag Removal

Moles and skin tags can be removed through a number of techniques. These may include:

Cutting- Skin tags may be removed with a scalpel or surgical scissors. Some moles can also be removed with a scalpel or shaved off flush with the skin. These cuts may require stitches.

Freezing- Liquid nitrogen can be used to freeze off a mole or skin tag. This may result in a small blister where the lesion was, but this will heal with time.

Burning- A special tooth that uses electricity to heat a wire can be used to burn off the uppermost layers of skin. More than one treatment may be needed to remove a mole, though skin tags can be removed in one treatment. The heat helps to prevent bleeding, making this a clean treatment.

Before your procedure, a topical anesthetic will be applied to the treatment area to prevent any discomfort. Bandages may need to be placed onto the treatment area. These procedures usually leave no scars or marks.

If you are interested in removing a pesky mole or skin tag, contact our office today. We would be happy to set up your appointment.

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