Moles and skin tags are sometimes of cosmetic concern to our clients. While skin tags are almost always benign and can be removed for cosmetic reasons, moles must first be checked to ensure they are benign. If you have any concerns about a mole, it is best to visit a GP who specialises in skin cancer, or a dermatologist for a mole check. Below we discuss mole causes, moles symptoms and mole removal, as well as skin tag removal.
There are many different types of moles, but the main distinction that is important for your health is: is it benign (no danger to you), or does it have malignant features? Your Doctor can assess a mole best using a dermatoscope and, if any concerns are present, a biopsy will be required.
Skin tags are highly unlikely to be malignant and just tend to be of cosmetic, or functional concern.
Some common skin lesions are described below:
We do not know the exact cause of moles. We do know that they are more common in:
Likewise, with skin tags we do not know the reason that they form. We do know that they are more common in :
For cosmetic removal of benign moles and skin tags that do not exhibit any signs of skin cancer Palm Clinic, Auckland, NZ uses a non surgical treatment option called Surgitron.
For mole removal for cosmetic reasons, Surgitron is able to remove the skin growths with minimal risk of scarring because the growths are simply shaved off level with the skin. That means no surgery, no scars, no bleeding and no stitches. Our clients are often surprised that the procedure can be done with minimal discomfort using local anaesthetic.
Liquid nitrogen (at your GP) is an alternative way to remove skin tags. It is not always preferable however as it can take multiple attempts and has an increased chance of causing hypopigmentation (permanent white spots on the skin).
Prevention remains key in preventing new moles appearing, and in protecting current moles. The basic advice is to slip, slop, slap. Slip on protective clothing to reduce sun exposure, slop on SPF and slap on a hat. Palm Clinic has an extensive range of sunscreen available to suit your skin type.
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