Skin Mole and Skin Tag Removal
The Spa at Stonecrest offers the most current and effective methods of removing unwanted benign moles and skin tags. The type of treatment that will minimize scaring and optimize your cosmetic result will depend on the characteristics of the specific mole or skin tag, which can vary in shape, size, color, depth, and smoothness. Our Physicians will determine which technique will generate the best cosmetic outcome possible based on the characteristics of each mole or skin tag.
STEP 1: SKIN Assessment
A SKIN specialist will review previous and current skin care, perform a detailed skin analysis, and discuss general health history before recommending a customized treatment program.
STEP 2: Customized Treatment Program
The specific treatments required to optimize your cosmetic result will be based on your initial skin assessment and will include one or both of the following:
- SKIN Electrodessication is a technique used to safely and easily remove skin tags with little risk of scarring. The procedure takes 15-20 minutes and patients return to regular activity immediately.
- SKIN Radio Frequency Treatment can often remove certain types of skin tags quickly and effectively. The duration of the treatment depends on the number of skin tags to be removed.
STEP 3: SKIN Expected Improvement
The removal of moles and skin tags is usually achieved with one treatment with minimal to no scarring.
As individual programs vary from client to client, the associated cost will vary as well. However, a quote will be provided during the initial assessment process.
Most will see skin tag drop off within 7 – 10 days after treatment.
What are skin tags (cutaneous papilloma)?
A skin tag is a growth consisting of a bit of skin that protrudes from the body. They are most commonly found in wrinkled skin or fold areas of the body such as the armpits, sides of the neck and in the groin area. Skin tags are also commonly found on the eyelids and around the eye.
Otherwise know as acrochordon or cutaneous papilloma, are usually small fleshy-colored growths that protrude from the skin. There is currently no known cause, however a few factors are suspected: Irritation from skin rubbing together and chaffing, a resistance to insulin and the Human Papilloma Virus.
Skin tags are a very common condition, occurring much more frequently during and after middle age. They develop in both men and women with age. They can be skin color, or darker and can range from 1mm to 5mm in size. Skin tags are a benign condition, but can be very unsightly. Most people don't know that a very simple treatment, Heal Skin Tags, is readily available for skin tag removal.
Can Skin tags change?
Upon first appearance a skin tag is as a tiny soft bump on the skin. Over time, it grows into a less than attractive skin tag. Generally a skin tag is painless, although after a few hours in the wrong clothes they can be rubbed raw. Anyone can recognize a skin tag easily by looking at it. A skin tag's characteristic appearance is soft, easily moveable, flesh-colored or slightly darker and usually attached to the skin surface by a stalk. You don't need an expert to point one out. Skin tags are easy to move or wiggle back and forth, BUT if you notice that a skin growth is too firm to be wiggled easily, is a different color than surrounding skin, is multicolored or has raw or bleeding areas, ask your doctor to examine it. If it is not obvious that your skin growth is a skin tag, your doctor may want to do a biopsy, which means they will use a scalpel to remove a small piece of skin that will be examined in a laboratory.
Are Skin Tags Cancerous?
A skin tag is not cancerous so you can relax, everything will be ok. Skin Tags are just a soft, skin-colored growth that hangs from the surface of the skin. It is attached to your body by a thin piece of tissue called a stalk. Its medical name is "Acrochordon." Removing skin tags is not a problem, there are several removal methods available.
Where do Skin Tags Come From?
Skin tags usually appear on people as they age. They are actually quite common in people over 60, more common in women than in men. Research shows that if your Mom or Dad had them you will too. Skin tags may also develop in women after pregnancy.
Some scientists suspect that overexposure to ultraviolet light (including excessive sunlight) may play a role in the formation of acquired moles, but more research is needed in this area.
Moles may either be present at birth or develop later in life. Acquired moles are a form of benign neoplasm, while congenital moles are considered a minor malformation, or hamartoma. Moles are most often of no medical consequence, but since they are permanent, removal may be performed for cosmetic or other reasons. Moles are usually circular or oval and not very large. Most children are born with moles, and almost everyone has at least one or two moles on their bodies. Large amounts can be concentrated on the back, the chest and arms.
Dysplastic nevi or atypical mole syndrome is a hereditary condition which causes the person to have a large quantity of moles (often 100 or more) with some of them larger than normal and/or atypical. This leads to a higher risk of melanoma, a serious skin cancer. A slight majority of melanomas do not form in an existing mole, but rather create a new growth on the skin. Nevertheless, those with dysplastic nevi are at a higher risk of even this type of melanoma. Such persons need to be checked regularly for any changes in their moles (and to note any new ones).
Are Skin Tags a Serious Problem?
Skin tags are a problem because the location of the tag may be irritated by the constant rubbing of clothing or jewelry. Skin tags appear most often on the neck - inside tiny folds. Other common locations are the armpits, beneath the breasts or in the genital region. They can also be located on places like the hands and face where they can be unsightly.
How many moles are normal?
The number of moles on a person's body appears to be hereditary. This applies also to their color and shape. Most people have between 10 and 40.
When should I consult a doctor about a mole?
You can have any mole checked by a physician and removed, whether for aesthetic or health reasons. However, sudden and unexpected changes in skin moles (e.g. bleeding, irritation, darkening, sudden growth or change in shape) can be a sign of skin cancer, so monitoring for these factors is advised. If a mole appears suspicious, it can be biopsied and checked for signs of malignancy.