Feel Confident in Your Skin
Moles and skin tags can make anyone feel self-conscious, especially if they are on your face. There are many different kinds of moles and skin tags. Some are harmless, while others can be more insidious. It is vital to your health to become familiar with the moles and other markings on your body and keep track of any changes.
If you have a suspicious mole, the board-certified dermatologists at Brentwood Dermatology provide skillful and compassionate mole removal and skin cancer screening.
Skin tag & mole removal
Moles are skin growths made up of the cells that create melanin and can appear black, brown, or blue. Most moles are harmless, and many patients have them removed because they do not like the appearance of these blemishes on their skin. However, sometimes a mole can appear suspicious, meaning it looks like it may be cancerous, and we will remove it to examine the tissue for cancer.
Skin tags are soft pieces of skin that stick out from the skin. Skin tags are usually small and commonly appear on the neck, armpits, and anywhere on the body where the skin creases. These are often removed for cosmetic reasons or because they cause discomfort.
- Cutting: The dermatologist uses a scalpel or surgical scissors to remove moles and skin tags.
- Freezing: The dermatologist applies liquid nitrogen with a swab or spray, causing the affected cells to die and detach from the surrounding tissue.
- Burning: Some dermatologists use a wire heated by an electric current to burn off the top layers of skin. Multiple burn treatments may be required for complete mole removal.
Most patients only experience some discomfort during mole removal as the local anesthetic works to minimize pain. Depending on the type of mole removal procedure, you may experience a small amount of pain and discomfort after the procedure.