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Tuesday, October 02, 2018

Most moles and skin tags are harmless but can be removed for cosmetic reasons, says Dr Viral Desai

Moles and skin tags

There are several skin lesions that are very common and benign (non-cancerous). In these, the most common conditions include moles and skin tags.

Moles

Moles are growths on the skin that are usually brown or black. Moles can appear anywhere on the skin, alone or in groups.

Skin tags

A skin tag is a small flap of tissue that hangs off the skin by a connecting stalk. They are usually found on the neck, chest, back, armpits, under the breasts, or in the groin area. It is different from a mole because of its pedestal base.

Treatment for removal

Your doctor may remove a mole or skin tag in any of these ways

Cutting it off

Skin tags may be snipped off with a scalpel or surgical scissors. Some moles can be ‘shaved’ off . Other moles may have cells that go underneath the skin, so your doctor might make a deeper cut to remove the entire mole and prevent it from growing back. This cut may require stitches.

Burning it off

An electric current 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 helps prevent bleeding.

The procedure may hurt a little, but your doctor will numb the area with an anesthetic before he or she begins. These procedures usually leave no scars or marks.

Post treatment care

Follow the instructions given by the doctors.

Sun protection is very important. Apply sunscreen frequently (three to four times in a day).

Don’t remove the scab mechanically.

If clothing irritates a skin tag, cover it with a bandage to prevent rubbing and bleeding.

Clean the area with soap and water twice a day but if stitches are taken don't wet the area till they are removed. Don't use hydrogen peroxide or alcohol, which can slow healing.

Price

It differs from patient to patient according to his  or her requirement. It can be Rs 5,000 onwards

Removal

Most moles and skin tags are harmless but people want to remove them for cosmetic reasons or sometimes a mole or skin tag may exist in a place that is uncomfortable because it is being rubbed by clothing, or may simply make the person feel self-conscious due to its location and appearance.

Dr Viral Desai is a cosmetic surgeon and founder / Medical Director DHI India and CPLSS

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