Moles are raised skin growths that are typically brown in color; however, they can be blue, black or flesh-colored. They occur when cells in the skin grow in a cluster instead of spreading out across the skin’s surface. Moles can appear anywhere on the body, either singly or in groups.
Skin Tags are small, soft flaps of tissue that hang off the skin via a connecting stalk. They usually occur on the neck, chest, back, armpits, under the breasts, or in the groin area. Skin tags are harmless and their cause is unknown.
While skin tags and most moles don’t require treatment, there are two benefits of removal:
Cutting it off. Skin tags may be snipped off with a scalpel or surgical scissors. Some moles can be “shaved” off flush with the skin. Other moles may have cells that go underneath the skin. In this case, the doctor will make a deeper cut to remove the entire mole and prevent it from growing back. Stitches may be required.
Burning it off. This protocol involves the use of an electric current, which passes through a wire that becomes hot and is used to burn off the upper layers of the skin. You may need more than one treatment to remove a mole. Skin tags are removed by burning through the narrow stem that attaches them to the skin. The heat serves to cauterize the wound and prevent bleeding.
The vast majority of moles are not dangerous, especially those that appear in childhood or before the age of 30. The moles to be concerned about are those that appear after the age of 30. Also look for changes in a mole’s color, height, size, or shape. Additionally, see a dermatologist if a mole bleeds, oozes fluid, itches, or becomes painful.
Other signs that a mole is cancer:
Removal with heat typically results in little or no scarring. If an incision and stitches are required to remove a mole, the treatment may leave a small scar.
No. Such home remedies as using nail clippers to cut off skin tags or lotions and pastes to remove moles may cause bleeding, infection, and scarring.
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