What are Moles?

Moles are simply a cluster of pigmented skin cells. They are quite common and most people have at least 10 moles. They normally develop in childhood and adolescence, but they can appear at any age.

Normally, new mole growth is unlikely after the age of 40. The first step to take in dealing with moles is to have the nature of the mole professionally evaluated. Moles can be malignant, and a few things to look for in a mole are an asymmetrical shape or one with irregular borders.

After a mole is evaluated, and it is deemed safe to proceed with removal, there are a few options to consider. Moles can be removed through a process called cauterization, which involves use of a special tool and burning away superficial layers of skin. Surgical excision is a slightly more invasive option that is done as an out-patient procedure. Laser removal has also been proven to be effective method. No matter what method is applied, moles should always be removed by a professional.

What are Skin Tags?

Skin tags are skin growths that normally occur on the neck, groin, under breasts or under arms. These benign tumors of the skin almost always develop in middle age and will never be cancerous. They could also develop as a result of pregnancy, diabetes or obesity.

There are a few home remedies for removal of skin tags, but infection is a likely outcome. Professional removal of skin tags is the safest way to proceed. Cauterization and surgical excision are some of the most effective options for removing skin tags. Removing skin tags is important as they can catch on clothing or jewelry and tear open, which is both painful and can cause infection.

The removal process for both skin tags and moles generally takes less than 1 hour. Patients are sent home with simple instructions on care, and information on how to recognize if the area is getting infected. In general, both can be quickly and effectively removed with excellent results.

For more information, or to book a consultation with one of our experts, give the Hairfree Laser Skin Clinic a call at 416-831-7498.