Unwanted moles, skin tags, keratoses and other benign growths can often be removed safely and effectively. Keep reading to learn more about mole and skin tag removal. Moles are generally removed surgically, using either a shave or elliptical excision techniques. Cosmetic removal of moles is usually best reserved for raised lesions. Surgical removal leaves scars, but in many cases these are less noticeable than the original mole. This procedure is safe, although rarely complications such as infection or unusual scarring can occur. Mole and skin tag removal can be done on your lunch hour with Tara at Surface Medical Esthetics in Hampton NH.
Seborrheic keratoses and skin tags are usually removed with either liquid nitrogen or electrodessication. Both of these treatment modalities yield excellent results.
All about Skin Tags
WHAT IS A SKIN TAG?
Skin tags are common small growths on the skin that are usually short and narrow. They are benign tumors, meaning they are not cancerous.Most commonly they are found on individuals over the age of 50.Skin tags appear on areas where the skin creases such as:
They can, on occasion, appear darker than other areas of the skin. Skin tags can become irritated easily when rubbed against clothing.Contrary to popular belief, skin tags are generally not a sign of any disease. If a skin tag is related to a disease, it is a small symptom of a pre-developed disease like type-two diabetes.
WHAT CAUSES SKIN TAGS?
There are multiple risk factors for developing skin tags; however, as of now, it is unclear what exactly causes skin tags.Skin tags can be symptoms of something bigger such as:
- Being Overweight
- Insulin resistance or type-two diabetes
- Human Papillomavirus (HPV)
Although these factors increase your chance for developing skin tags, they are not a guarantee. It is possible to have one or more of these risk factors and not develop skin tags at all.
ARE THEY DANGEROUS AND WHEN TO SEE A PROVIDER
Skin tags are not dangerous whatsoever. They pose no threat to the body and appear simply due to factors such as friction or genetics.Moles and warts can be confused for skin tags and left untreated. The best decision is to visit your provider. He or she will be able to determine if your spot requires treatment.
TREATMENT | SKIN TAG REMOVAL
Skin tags are harmless; however, it left attached to the skin, skin tags will not disappear.
Possible forms of skin tag removal include:
- Surgery: This is a simple removal of the skin tag with surgical scissors or a scalpel.
- Cryotherapy: This treatment is common for warts but works similarly with skin tags. In this method, the skin tag is frozen with liquid nitrogen, and it falls off.
- Electrosurgery: An opposite of cryotherapy, this method involves burning the skin tag off with high-frequency electricity.
- Ligation: This removal method involves tying off the skin tag with surgical thread to restrict its blood flow.
Visit Tara Delle Chiaie at Surface Medical Esthetics in Hampton NH to see if this is right for you.
We are located close to Newburyport MA, Hampton Falls NH, Rye NH, Portsmouth NH and Exeter NH just to name a few surrounding towns.
We can be conveniently found on Route 1 in Hampton NH right off of 101.
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