Skin tags and moles are generally harmless and do not need any treatment. If they are a cosmetic problem, or if moles turn abnormal, they can be easily removed by a simple excision process. Consult a surgical dermatologist to check if your mole is harmless or malignant.
Experts recommend removal of moles that are likely to turn malignant over time. The mole removal surgery is generally performed under local anesthesia on an outpatient basis. When done by a skin specialist, the procedure is complete safe and will leave no significant visible scars behind.
Texas Surgical Dermatology, led by board certified dermatologist Dr. Tri H. Nguyen, provides mole and skin tag removal to patients in Houston, Katy, Spring, The Woodlands, Texas, and surrounding locations.
Types of Skin Outgrowths
Skin aberrations such as moles and skin tags may be classified as follows:
- Raised moles: Moles that rise from deep inside the skin, and are visible as outgrowths on the skin, raised above the skin surface. They may come in different colors such as brown, black, blue, or red.
- Flat moles: Dark skin spots or irregular areas flush with the skin surface.
- Skin tags: Flaps of skin tissue connected by a narrow stalk to the skin surface. They are usually painless and have the same color as the skin.
Most moles are non-cancerous and do not require removal. But if you notice your mole change in any way, it is best to consult a surgical dermatologist. They will examine the mole for bleeding or itching, and changes in size or color and decide if the mole requires removal.
Skin Tags and Mole Removal Surgery
Skin tags generally do not require any treatment unless they cause discomfort. Surgeons use simple procedures such as tying off or freezing or cutting to remove skin tags.
When it comes to moles, the treatment method a surgeon uses depends on the type of mole the patient presents. Raised moles with deep roots will require an excision to uproot the mole from its base. After surgery, the area will be stitched with sutures.
Dermatologists advise protection of the operated area following mole removal surgery. You should keep the wound clean and fully protected from exposure to the sun for a few weeks until the wound heals completely.
Flat moles that are superficial require nothing more than a simple shaving off the skin. This is done after thorough disinfection of the skin and under the supervision of an expert doctor. A scab forms on the shaved region and this falls off in about a week, leaving normal skin behind.
Never Remove Moles at Home
A mole may appear to be superficial, but have deeper roots. Only a plastic surgeon can decide how it must be removed after a thorough examination. Never try to remove moles at home by yourself using a shaving razor. It can be dangerous and lead to bleeding and infection that leaves your skin damaged and disfigured.
Board certified dermatologist Dr. Tri H. Nugyen receives patients from Houston, Katy, Spring, The Woodlands, Texas, and nearby areas for mole and skin tag removal procedure.
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