Skin Tag & Mole Removal

Both skin tags and moles are removed for a variety of reasons by excision (cutting), with or without stitches.

Skin tags – Skin tags are small benign tumors that form primarily in areas where the skin forms creases, such as the neck, armpit, and groin. They may also occur on the face, usually on the eyelids. Skin tags are harmless, typically painless, and usually do not grow or change over time.

Moles – Moles, or nevi, are skin growths that contain a high concentration of melanin, and are typically brown or black.

Many people refer to a mole as any dark spot or irregularity in the skin. Doctors use different terms. The following types of skin marks are not treated the same way moles are, and are not discussed here:

  • Birthmarks
  • Abnormal formations of blood vessels (hemangiomas)
  • Keratoses (benign or precancerous spots, which appear after about age 30 years)

What causes moles?

  • Some people are born with moles. Other moles appear over time.
  • Sun exposure seems to play a role in the development of moles and may play a role in the development of atypical, or dysplastic, moles.

The role of heredity cannot be overemphasized. Many families have dysplastic moles, which can be associated with a higher frequency of melanoma or skin cancer.

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