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Skin Tag/Mole Removal

A skin tag is an irritating, sometimes unsightly, fleshy piece of tissue that typically protrudes from the surface of the skin. While harmless, they can be annoying, particularly when in an area such as the underarms, where they can easily be scraped if shaving. Clients often simply want to be rid of them, when mostly founded on visible areas such as the face, eyelids, neck, and groin. Larger skin tags (papillomas) can reach 5 mm or more, but fortunately, most are only about 2-3 mm in size. It is always a good idea to have any new or changing skin lesions examined by one of our advanced aestheticians if you are concerned. These lesions can be removed in a variety of ways and we use Cryotherapy Freezing or Electrocautery and Electrodessication.

Benefits:

  • Aesthetic and cosmetic reasons

  • Enhance self-esteem

  • Avoid bleeding by jewellery, or clothing

  • Avoid causing pain or discomfort

Prices:

1-3 skin tags/moles                                              £50 each

4-10 skin tags/moles                                            £40 each

FAQs:​

  • What are skin tags?

  • Skin tags are more often an irritation rather than a medical problem. They are usually found in the areas of the neck, underarms, eyelids and groin. Frequently hereditary, they can also present during pregnancy due to hormones. They appear as small pigmented protrusions or flaps of flesh, literally hanging from the skin. They become an irritation when they snag on clothing or jewellery or when removing hair, and they can bleed. We find that the most effective way to remove skin tags without scarring is by cosmetic cryotherapy freezing and electrodesiccation.

  • What is a mole?

  • A concentration of pigmented cells within the skin is called a mole and they are very common. These pigmented cells, are melanocytes, or the scientific term, Melanocytic Naevi. At birth most individuals have a few moles and others may develop over time. Moles can appear in any size, with some being barely visible to those that practically cover the entire body. This condition is known as Bathing Trunk Naevi.

  • What causes moles?

  • Most moles result from a harmless overgrowth of the pigmented cells within the deeper layers of the skin. They usually develop spontaneously and can be exacerbated by exposure to UV rays or sunlight, therefore they tend to present on the trunk, arms, and legs. Although most moles appear before 20 years of age, the do continue into the 30s and 40s. Generally, the majority of moles disappear with age. Adults often develop non-mole growths like freckles, lentigines, “liver spots”, and seborrheic keratosis in later adulthood. New moles appearing after age 30 may require close observation, medical evaluation, and possible biopsy. A brand new mole in an adult may be a sign of an evolving abnormal mole or early melanoma. It is important to have any new or changing mole evaluated by your dermatologist.

  • Why are moles a concern?

  • Malignant Melanoma is the condition when a mole changes and develops into Skin Cancer. If spotted early, this form of skin cancer, which can be fatal, can be successfully dealt with by surgical excision.

  • Who is at risk?

  • Although the actual presence of moles is not a concern for serious worry, if you have more than 25, there is an indication of susceptibility to Melanoma. Persons with large numbers of moles should take great care regarding unprotected exposure to sunlight and sunbeds. When there is a family history of Malignant Melanoma, the person should be especially aware of and particularly vigilant about changes to their moles.

  • What are the symptoms of a malignancy?

    • The mole that is itchy and painful

    • Size increase or a changing irregular appearance, especially at the edges

    • Change in colour, particularly if the mole turns darker or becomes mottled

    • Spontaneous bleeding

    • New moles develop/extend beyond the original mole (satellite pigmented lesions)

  • How is malignancy diagnosed?

  • Any mole that looks unusual should be examined, although fortunately, most changes in size, shape and colour are simply a benign, non-cancerous increase in the number of pigmented cells. Your doctor will likely want to know about recent changes to the mole as well as your family history in order to assess your risk. Usually, when there are only mild changes, your doctor will record a clinical photograph of it or possibly measure it. He or she will ask you to keep an eye on it and the appearance can be reviewed in a later appointment.

  • General advice:

    • It is best to avoid unnecessary exposure to sunlight, especially between 10 am-2 pm as this is when the sun's rays are strongest.

    • Avoid becoming sunburned by staying covered up on sunny days and apply sunscreen on exposed skin if you are.

    • Get to know your moles by examining them regularly and ask someone to check those you are not able to see yourself.

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