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Mole and Skin Tag Removal

Moles and Skin Tags are almost always benign, but can take a real toll on your appearance and self confidence. Additionally, they can become quite a nuisance and uncomfortable if they appear in areas where they are irritated by friction, or even catch on clothing. In the vast majority of cases, Mole and Skin Tag removal is quick and relatively painless.

Moles on your skin, known as melanocytes, are usually circular or oval with a smooth edge. Moles are usually a brownish color, but the size may differ widely, even on the same area of your body. Moles can be flat or raised, smooth or rough, and some may even have hair growing from them. Many birth marks are actually moles. Skin moles usually intensify in color when exposed to the sun, throughout maternity and as an individual progresses through adolescence.
Age and environment often cause moles to evolve in color and size. And, while most moles are completely harmless, they may be unsightly and affect your confidence. Moles can also be a nuisance, for example if they regularly catch on your clothing or you cut them while shaving. When moles are removed, they usually do not return, but new moles may appear in their place. You should check your skin every few months for any new moles that develop (particularly after your teenage years, when new moles become less common) or any changes to existing moles. A mole can change in weeks or months. Things to look for are symmetry in both shape and color, growth, and bleeding or any type discharge.

Skin tags are almost always benign and cause no other symptoms. These frequently harmless growths of skin can be right on the skin surface or seem to sprout from a thin stalk of skin and hang off the body. Also called cutaneous tags, soft fibromas or fibroepithelial polyps, skin tags are mostly flesh-colored growths, although some may be darker in color. Skin tags are almost always small, usually measured in millimeters, but can grow to a half-inch in length. A skin tag may start to develop without you even noticing. Once formed, they typically don’t get any bigger. They can show up virtually anywhere on the body, but are most often on the eyelids, the neck, the groin area, and in the armpits — basically on areas of the body with folds. You may have just one or two, or many, and they might be in isolated spots or in a group with many skin tags. About 25 percent of people will develop skin tags, usually starting after the age of 50. Skin tags are most common among people with diabetes, as well as people who are moderately overweight. Seek skin tag treatment if they appear on your eyelids, detract from your appearance, or if they appear in an area that gets a lot of friction, even just from wearing clothes. The fortunate thing is that skin tag removal is relatively simple procedure.

Treatment: We offer a variety removal treatment options to address unwanted moles and skin tags. The type of treatment may differ depending on the composition, appearance or location of the affected area.

For more information about the cosmetic surgery treatments and procedures performed by Houston Plastic Surgeon Dr. Paul F. Fortes please click here or call 713-354-5123. Serving patients in Houston, Katy, The Woodlands, Beaumont, Port Arthur and other surrounding areas of Texas.

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