Moles and skin lesions
Moles are skin growths made up of cells that produce colour. A mole can appear anywhere on the skin, alone or in groups. Most people get a few moles during their first 20 years of life.
They are usually brown in colour but can be blue, black, or flesh-colored. Most moles are harmless and don’t cause pain or other symptoms unless you rub them or they bump against something.
Skin tags are small, soft pieces of skin that stick out on a thin stem. They most often appear on the neck, armpits, upper trunk, and body folds. The cause of skin tags is not known. They are harmless.
How is it done?
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 flush with the skin. 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.
- Freezing it with liquid nitrogen. Your doctor will swab or spray a small amount of super-cold liquid nitrogen on the mole or skin tag. You might have a small blister where the mole or skin tag was, but it will heal on its own.
- 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.
Your doctor may numb the area with an anaesthetic before the procedure begins. Then he or she will put a bandage on it. These procedures usually leave small marks.
Why is it done?
Most moles and skin tags don’t require treatment. But sometimes people want to remove them for cosmetic reasons or because they cause discomfort when they rub against clothing or get caught in jewellery.
Check with your doctor if you have a mole that looks different from your other moles. He or she may need to do a biopsy of the mole, which means removing the mole and sending it to a lab to check it for cancer.
What should I do before?
Have a clear idea of the areas that you would like to address. Be sure to mention these to your doctor during your consultation. Try to take advantage of our natural therapy packages to maximise the benefits of your treatment and reduce any unwanted side-effects.
What should I expect after?
You will have a small dressing on the wound. Your doctor will provide you with instructions for looking after the wound. Please follow them carefully and make sure you attend all your follow up appointments.
You may take advantage of our natural therapies to ensure quicker recovery and maximum benefit from your treatment.
What are possible complications?
Some rare but possible complications include:
- wound healing problems
- unfavourable scars
How much will it cost?
The cost depends on the site, size, and nature of the lesion. The only accurate way to give you a reasonable estimate is to assess your needs when you visit us.
How much time off work will I need?
This depends on the size and site of the lesion, but most people return to work the following day.