Skin tags and moles are a common complaint in both men and women. Although generally harmless, they make people uncomfortable about their appearance. It is possible to remove such moles and skin tags using different methods of treatment.
Vinings Surgery Center, led by board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Robert Colgrove, provides mole and skin tag removal surgery to patients in Atlanta, Marietta, Georgia, and surrounding communities.
What is a mole?
A mole is a skin aberration and may take different forms and appear on different parts of the body. Some people have dot-like moles while others have large spots. Some moles are level with the skin while others are raised above the surface.
Moles are generally darker than the surrounding skin. They are a collection of the pigment called melanin which is responsible for skin color. Moles appear brown, black, blue-gray, or yellow in color.
Most moles are benign, but some can be malignant. If a mole changes in color, shape, or size, it may be an indication of cancer. Removing such moles is very important to avoid skin cancer.
What are skin tags?
Skin tags are tiny and soft oval flaps of skin that project from the skin surface. They are attached to the skin through a narrow stalk. They are commonly found on the eyelids and neck and also in the armpits and groin region.
Skin tags have the same color as the skin or may be darker. Their cause is unknown, and they are harmless but can cause irritated skin if they rub against clothing or jewelry.
Mole and Skin Tag Removal Procedures
Cosmetic surgeons use a variety of methods to remove moles and skin tags. The important ones include shave excision, radiofrequency technology, and excision surgery and punch biopsy. These procedures are generally performed under the action of a local anesthetic and only sterile instruments are used.
Flat moles or raised moles can be removed using shave excision so that there is no indent left on the skin. The skin slowly heals from the edges over a few months.
This technique uses an instrument called the Ellman electrode loop that can shave the mole one layer at a time from the skin surface. Minimal scarring is seen with this method.
In this method, the entire mole and some of the surrounding skin are removed along with the skin tissue below the mole. The cut is then sutured and heals, but a small scar will remain.
Laser therapy works best with flat moles as compared to raised ones. It is used to remove skin spots or to reduce the pigmentation of moles. This is a quick procedure and takes not more than 20 minutes. A topical agent may be used to arrest any minor bleeding.
Mole and skin tag removal is a simple and effective procedure that must be performed only by an expert and skilled cosmetic surgeon for best results. Cosmetic surgeon Dr. Robert Colgrove receives patients from Atlanta, Marietta, Georgia, and nearby areas for mole and skin tag removal procedures.
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