Cosmetic Mole & Skin Tag Removal
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Moles, lesions and skin tags can be unsightly; for this
reason many patients choose to have them removed.
Most procedures used to remove moles and skin lesions take
only a short time and can be performed in our office.
Usually a mole will not return once it has been removed.
At The Weksberg Centre for Cosmetic Dermatology, the most
common methods of removal include, removing the mole by
shave excision or cutting out the entire mole and stitching
the area closed (excision).
Mole Shave excision:
A simple procedure called a shave biopsy is used to treating
protruding moles. After the skin is numbed with local
anesthetic, the mole above the surface of the skin is
removed with a scalpel. While a flat white mark is usually
left after healing, sometimes the color can remain the same
as the original mole.
Excision removal is necessary if the mole extends into the
deeper layers of the skin. The full depth of the mole is
removed and the wound is often sutured. The scar that
results from excision may be only a thin line, though it can
sometimes be more noticeable than the mole was.
With an excision on the face, the doctor may use a
combination of extremely fine sutures on the surface and
absorbable sutures under the skin.
Usually the area heals with normal skin colour but rarely
can heal with a white or brown and/or the same colour as the
Lesions arise from damage afflicted to healthy tissue; they
often develop due to trauma, disease or other. They greatly
vary in appearance.
Pigmented lesions are a common type of lesion; they are
created by concentrations of melanin in the skin. They can
be of any size or shape and may be slightly elevated. The
two most common types of pigmented lesions are freckles and
solar lentigines (liver spots and sun spots). These types of
lesions are considered benign.
Freckles are most commonly the result of genetics or sun
exposure. Freckles caused by sunburns have irregular borders
and are typically darker brown than those that are caused by
Solar lentigines are usually caused by excessive sun
exposure, therefore they appear on areas of the body that
are frequently exposed to the sun such as the face, hands,
shoulders and arms. They can be of any colour from light
brown to black.
At The Weksberg Centre for Cosmetic Dermatology the most
common method of removal for pigmented lesions is to freeze
them off using Liquid Nitrogen. This procedure is also known
as Cryotherapy. Dr. Weksberg will apply the Liquid Nitrogen
directly to the lesion for a few seconds. Afterwards the
lesion will turn darker and in approximately one week, the
lesion will fall off on its own. This procedure is quick and
relatively painless, causing a small stinging sensation for
a very brief time.
Skin Tag Removal:
With age, many people begin to develop small flaps of skin
over their bodies called skin tags. These are most commonly
located on the face, eyelids, neck and underarm area; they
also often show up under breasts and throughout the groin
area. These tiny growths are benign but can be bothersome.
Skin tags are considered unattractive, they can also become
irritated by clothing rubbing on them and cause pain and
irritation when jewelry catches on them. They can also make
it hard for a person to shave without causing nicks and
therefore many people choose to have them removed.
At The Weksberg Centre for Cosmetic Dermatology in Toronto,
the most common method of removal for skin tags involves
freezing them off using liquid nitrogen. This procedure is
also known as cryotherapy. Dr. Weksberg performs this simply
procedure by applying the liquid nitrogen directly to the
skin tags for a few seconds. The area will be a little red
immediately following the procedure. After approximately one
week, the skin tag will fall off on its own. This treatment
is relatively painless but may causes a bit of a stinging.
One treatment is generally sufficient for small skin tags,
but larger ones may have to be frozen several times over the
course of a few weeks to achieve the desired results.
Another popular way of removing skin tags at The Weksberg
Centre for Cosmetic Dermatology in Toronto involves cautery.
This is the medical term for electrically burning the skin
to close the wound after the growth has been cut off. This
method is well suited to treat larger skin tags.
The treatment involves first cutting off the skin tag using
medical scissors then cauterizing the wound. An Adhesive
bandages will be applied to the site, which will need to be
kept clean and covered until healed. At The Weksberg Centre
for Cosmetic Dermatology in Toronto, some patients prefer
this method because it offers immediate results.
It is important to realize that although most moles and
other blemishes are benign or non-cancerous, a mole can be a
cancerous growth. For this reason it is always best to get
medical advice. If you notice a mole that suddenly changes
in size, shape or color, bleeds, itches or becomes painful
be sure to see your doctor as soon as possible.