If you have a skin lesion such as a Skin tags, warts, cysts and moles and would like it removed, it is usually a very simple procedure. You may want to take this step now because you have noticed changes in shape or colour, or it may be unsightly, painful or restricting your movement. You might have just become fed up with it, and decided it’s time to deal with it.
About Skin tags, warts, cysts and moles removal
Most lesions are removed using a scalpel under local anaesthetic, which means you will be awake, but the area will be completely numb. Other techniques include applying chemical treatments or freezing the skin. Sometimes a laser is used to destroy the lesion while skin tags may be simply snipped off with surgical scissors.
Removing a skin lesion is usually a quick and straightforward procedure and is most often performed as an out-patient or day-case procedure. There is normally no need to stay in hospital overnight.
Moles and Growths
Lumps and bumps such as moles or skin growths or Skin tags, warts, cysts and moles (cysts, angiomas, milia, skin tags, warts and lipomas) are very common growths on the body, face and scalp.
Moles (nevi) are clusters of pigmented cells that commonly appear as small, dark brown spots and can develop anywhere on your body. Moles come in different size, color and surface (flat or raised, smooth or wrinkled).
There are several different options and reasons for mole removal. Some patients want their mole removed because they do not find it aesthetically pleasing. Other patients see changes in the mole that follow the skin cancer detection which warrants removal. Treatments available for mole removal include cosmetic (laser), cryosurgery (freezing), cauterization (burning) or excision. All moles that are removed by our professional staff will be checked to determine its condition and best method of removal. In some cases a biopsy of the mole will be performed to determine its possible precancerous likelihood.
- ABC’s of Skin Cancer Detection
Asymmetry: One half doesn’t match the appearance of the other half
Border: The edges are irregular, raged, or blurred.
Color: The color or pigmentation is not uniform and/or has shades of tan, brown, or black; is sometimes white, red, or blue.
Diameter: The size of the mole is greater than 1/4 inch (6 mm), about the size of a pencil eraser.
Evolving: The mole over time changes shape, size, color, etc.
Cysts are closed pockets of tissue that can be filled with fluid, pus or other material. They feel like large peas under the skin surface. They are a result of either infection; clogging of oil glands or around foreign bodies, like earrings. All skin related cysts are noncancerous
While most cysts are painless, the location or size may warrant treatment as they will not go away on their own or over time. Treatment options available are draining, injection of cortisone or an actual excision.
An angiomas surface. Some of the more colorful types of them are spider, cherry, or senile. While their cause is unknown, treatment is not necessary unless they bleed or are irritating, although some patients prefer treatment if it is not aesthetically pleasing. Treatment options are cryosurgery (freezing), electrodesiccation (electronic destruction) or radiation.
Milia are tiny white bumps that appear on or around the chin or nose, but can also appear on the cheeks and forehead. They are formed when keratin (a substance produced by the skin) becomes trapped beneath the outer layer of skin. Milia are harmless and common with infants, but can occur with adults that have encountered skin damage (blisters, poison ivy, chemical burns, extensive sun exposure, etc.)
While most milia will dissipate on their own, potential treatment options if warranted include microdermabrasion, glycolic acid peels and other exfoliation options.
Lipomas are harmless, slow-growing fatty lumps that are most often located between your skin and the underlying muscle layer. They are easily identifiable as they move with slight finger pressure, doughy to touch and usually not tender. They are commonly found in middle aged people. Their cause is not well known but appear to be hereditary.
Treatment is not generally necessary for lipomas unless it is in a uncomfortable location, painful or growing. Steroid injections, liposuction or surgical removal are the common forms of removal.
Skin tags are not dangerous, but can be irritating if in contact with anything (jewelry, clothing, etc). They are small flaps of tissue that hang off the skin often found on the chest, armpits, neck, back, under the breasts or in the groin area. They appear most often in women (especially with weight gain) and in elderly people.
Bothersome skin tags can easily be removed with a variety of methods like cutting, freezing (cryosurgery) or burning (electrosurgery) with minimal discomfort by the professional staff at Go Cosmetic Clinics.
A wart is generally a small, rough growth, typically on your hands or feet, but often other locations that can resemble a cauliflower or a solid blister. They are caused by a few types of the virus called ‘human papillomavirus’ (HPV). HPV enters and infects your body through broken skin. Some warts will warrant immediate attention if located near genitals, especially women as it could lead to cervical cancer.
Most warts will go away on their own, but after months or years. Medical treatment of warts include: topical applications, injection, cryotherapy (freezing) or surgical removal.
Cryotherapy is the local or general use of low temperatures in medical therapy. Cryotherapy is used to treat a variety of benign and malignant tissue damage, medically called lesions It works by essentially freezing off the skin tag or wart through the delicate application of extreme cold to the area. This freezes the cells within the growth, meaning its blood supply is blocked. Following treatment a blister will normally form in the area which will turn into a scab and fall off within about 7-10 days, leaving your skin lesion free.
A cryotherapy session will normally last around 5-10 minutes and it is particularly useful for multiple growths, though the treatment can sometimes cause pain. While it is a relatively simple procedure, it is very precise and should therefore only be carried out by an experienced surgeon. Damage can occur to the surrounding skin if the treatment is not performed correctly.
Curettage and Cautery
Curettage is suitable to treat lesions where the material being scraped off is softer than the surrounding skin or when there is a natural cleavage plain between the lesion and the surrounding normal tissue. The following can often be treated by curettage:
- Seborrheic keratoses
- Viral warts
- Bowens disease (in situ squamous cell carcinoma)
- Pyogenic granuloma
- Actinic keratoses
- Basal cell carcinomas
- Skin tags
Curettage and Cautery is often used for skin tags or warts that have not responded to cryotherapy. In the treatment a sharp, spoon-like instrument called a curette is used to scrape off the growth before the wound is sealed (cauterised), normally through the use of heat (short wave diathermy).
Local anaesthetic will normally be used during the treatment, and the wound will commonly be left open afterwards to heal. The wound should be gone within two to three weeks, though your surgeon will thoroughly advise on your recovery.
Surgical excision is often reserved for larger skin tags or warts that are not suitable for cryotherapy or curettage and cautery, though it can be used on those that are smaller and is commonly chosen when the surgeon wants to examine the area. You may require a biopsy after excision, though for skin tags or warts this is extremely rare. Cysts are routinely removed using surgical excision.
In the procedure, the growth is literally cut off using a scalpel, sharp knife, razor or scissors, and the treatment is often performed under local anaesthetic to minimise pain and discomfort. Excision is not frequently used for warts but your surgeon will explain thoroughly if it is the best method for removal.
Skin tags, warts, cysts and moles removal from Go Cosmetic Clinics
When you have a mole, cyst, wart or skin tag removed at Go Cosmetic Clinics you will have the procedure performed by an experienced specialist in the safe and comfortable surroundings of the hospital.
As with any cosmetic procedure, it is important that you review your expectations thoroughly before you decide to proceed. Your specialist will explain the results you can expect, and will discuss the associated risks and alternatives to the procedure before going ahead.
How much does it cost to have a Skin tags, warts, cysts and moles removed?
If you would like to know the price for mole, cyst, wart or skin tag removal, simply call our Go Cosmetic Clinics to speak to the treatment adviser and fix an appointment for a free consultation.