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A Simple Procedure to remove small blemishes


A mole or skin tag is only a beauty mark if it makes you feel beautiful! Feel free from the annoyance or physical discomfort of an unwanted mole or skin tag by giving yourself permission to have it removed!

Yes, part of maintaining a healthy self-image and positive body-image is coming to terms and accepting some of our physical attributes, even becoming proud of what is uniquely ours in some cases. However, this does not mean blithely tolerating everything that comes with our bodies or develops as we age. Sometimes “it’s the little things” which cause irk and become a niggling bother. Skin tags and moles fall into this category for some people.

While Marilynn Monroe may have made beauty marks famous by purposely drawing attention to the mole on her face, some individuals may not feel as confident as Marilyn seemed to.

Depending on the size or location of a mole or skin tag it may chafe against clothing, interfere with one’s aesthetic ideal or feeling good about one’s appearance.  While skin tags and moles might be small in size they can still weigh heavily on our self-confidence. Luckily, for those who find them bothersome, skin tags and moles can be removed with very little hassle.

If you have a skin tag or a mole which is an irritant due to size or location, you should know that their removal is possible and that it is a simple non-surgical procedure.


What makes a mole?

A mole is created when a group of skin cells called melanocyotes decide to stick together instead of spreading out. Melanocyotes are involved in the creation of skin colour which is why a mole is commonly a darker colour than the surrounding skin. Some of us are born with a number of moles, but most of us develop moles as we age. Exposure to sunlight or hormone changes may change the colour, size, and shape of one’s moles.

While the majority of moles are harmless if you have a mole which grows quickly, has serrated or rough edges, or changes colour unevenly it would be wise to have it evaluated by a dermatologist to ensure it is not a risk to your health.


What makes a Skin Tag?

An arochordon is the medical term for what is commonly referred to as a skin tag. A skin tag is a small piece of skin which extrudes from the skin around it.

Skin tags are a flat or round flaps of skin which remain attached to the body via a narrow connecting piece of skin.

Skin tags can come in many sizes, most are fairly small but they can change or grow to be as large as a grape. They are generally either the same colour or slightly darker than the skin around them.

Nearly everyone will experience having a skin tag as they affect the old and the young alike and do not discriminate based on gender.

Skin tags form most often on the underarms, necks, eyelids, or skin folds under the breast or in the groin area.

Science has not yet determined what exactly causes skin tag formation. Certain types of skin tags have been linked with obesity but the majority are suggested to come from friction or hormonal changes.

Skin tags are benign and are not a cause for medical concern. Depending on their location and or size they can become a cause for personal concern. They might become irritated and painful if they rub against skin, clothing, or accessories; or make one feel self-conscious if they are in a disliked location.


Moles and Skin Tags are easy to remove!

Don’t let Mole and/or Skin Tag Removal scare you! It is a straightforward procedure.

A mole which is cause for concern from either an aesthetic or a health reason as well as a skin tag which is bothersome can be removed via a minimally invasive procedure carried out by a professional.

Doctors with experience in aesthetic procedures are particularly well-suited to the task as they are skilled at minimizing any chance of scarring which is especially important when the mole or tag is located in a highly visible area.


How are Moles &/ Skin Tags Removed?

One or more mole or skin tag can be removed in a single session. Removal is usually completed by either incising or cauterizing them. The area which will be affected is adequately numbed for patient comfort and if needed a pain prescription can be issued to manage any discomfort felt afterwards.

Correct sterilization and bandaging is important to avoid infection, reduce skin trauma and avoid scarring.

If a mole or skin tag is past a certain size, several small stitches might be required. These stitches will require a follow-up appointment for the doctor to remove them.

At my practice I regularly remove skin tags and moles for clients. Depending on what your needs are it might be possible to have removal done at the same appointment for another procedure.

It should be noted that removal does not cause the growth of new moles and skin tags.

Connect with Dr Martina van der Mescht, 011 954 0070.

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