Moles and Skin Tags Removal

Overview

Moles are, in essence, clusters of skin pigment cells which should be spread throughout the body. Instead of locating themselves across the skin itself they group together and form what we see as a mole. These are often harmless and may never cause you problems in the long run. Exposing your skin to the sun can cause moles to form on your body. For this reason you may need to be careful about spending long periods in direct sunlight as well as taking care to use sun block whenever you do venture out. Skin tags are very common and look like small pieces of hanging skin. Although they are unsightly, they are almost always benign.

Laser Surgery is one of the options that are available when it comes to removing moles on the body. This type of surgery differs from the others in many respects and the chances of scarring are less likely to occur. This surgery entails having the patient lie awake while the moles is removed using a laser instead of a cutting device. The skin itself is not cut open and the wound heals a lot cleaner than it normally would.

Skin tags can be removed by scratching it away, but this risks causing a scar and minor infections. Our dermatologist can instead cauterize or freeze the skin tag away, which is a much more better option.

Cauterization is exactly what it sounds like, and involves a hot, needle-shaped iron being applied to the skin tag. More lavishly-equipped offices may have the use of a laser for the same purpose. In any case, the result is the same, and the acrochordon is burned away. A local anesthetic is used so that the host bears no discomfort from the removal process. The risk of infection and subsequent scarring is almost nil, although the risk of scarring from burning is still present.

Cryosurgery is a more complicated and expensive option, but carries a lower risk of scarring; in cryosurgery the acrochordon is crippled with extreme cold, causing it to simply fall away.

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