Moles and Skin Tags
Moles & Skin Tags Treatment & Removal
Bothersome skin tags and moles are our speciality! We offer a cost effective treatment called ACP which will get rid of these blemishes along with warts and red veins without surgery! Take a look at our guide to moles and skin tags. Both moles and skin tags can be bothersome but often they are just unsightly and so you may want them removed for cosmetic reasons only. Moles and skin tags are very different in nature and have different causes. Call us today on 01962 809937 to discuss your blemish removal requirements.
Moles (melanocytic naevi)
Moles are commonly found all over the body. They are small skin lesions that are usually brown, although some may be darker or skin-coloured. They are actually a collection of cells called melanocytes, which produce the pigment (colour) in your skin. Moles can be circular or oval, flat or raised, smooth or rough and some have hair growing from them. People with fair skin often have more moles than people with darker skin, and by the time they’re 30, the average adult has about 30 of them. The medical term for moles is nevus (singular) or naevi (plural).
Moles can change in number and appearance. Some moles fade away or fall off later in life, often you don’t even notice. They also sometimes respond to hormonal changes, for example during:
- Pregnancy: when they may get slightly darker in appearance
- In teenage years: when they increase in number
- Older age: when they may disappear from 40 to 50+ years of age
There are many different types of moles. Some types look very similar to one another and it can be hard to tell them apart. They can also be confused with other skin conditions such as freckles and warts.
Different types of moles
Moles that appear after you’re born are called acquired moles. Some of the different types are described here.
Junctional melanocytic naevi are flat and round. They are usually mid to dark brown.
Compound melanocytic naevi are slightly raised and are often hairy. Their colour can vary.
Dermal melanocytic naevi are raised bumps and often hairy. They may not be any darker than the rest of your skin.
Blue naevi are dark blue and are usually found on your face, hands or feet.
Dysplastic naevi are often larger than other moles and can vary in shape, size and colour.
Halo naevi are more common in children and teenagers. They occur when your immune system rejects the mole, which causes the mole to disappear. A ring of pale skin often appears around the mole.
The vast majority of moles are completely harmless, but in a few rare cases they can develop into malignant melanomas, which is an aggressive, and the most serious type of skin cancer. The cause of melanoma is complex and is usually explained by a mixture of genetic factors and the environment, mainly exposure to the sun. However, many melanomas are not caused by excessive sunbathing and could occur on parts of the body that have not been exposed to the sun’s harmful rays.
A malignant melanoma may appear anywhere on the body. It may be a dark, fast-growing spot where there was not one before, or a pre-existing mole that changes size, shape or colour, which could bleed, itch or redden. However, the bleeding, crusting and itching are late signs and ideally melanoma should be diagnosed earlier. Itching is also not a very specific sign, as benign (non-cancerous) moles may itch occasionally.
You should regularly check all your moles every few months for any changes. A change in a mole can occur in weeks but in some moles it may take months. Most moles are harmless and don’t cause any problems. However, some moles can become sore or inflamed if you catch them on things, or if you pluck the hair out.
Certain types of moles are capable of developing into skin cancer. It’s a good idea to check your moles regularly so that you’re aware if they change shape or colour. See your GP if you notice:
- An existing mole has grown
- A mole with a ragged/uneven edge
- A mole that has varying shades of colour
- A mole that bleeds, oozes or crusts
- A mole that feels painful or itches
- A mole that isn’t symmetrical in colour or shape
An easy way to remember these changes is the ABCDE method
A – asymmetry
B – border irregularity
C – colour change
D – diameter greater than 6mm
E – elevated (raised) or evolving (a mole that is changing in size, shape or colour
If you are concerned about any mole, you should visit your GP at the earliest opportunity.
(Verruca Filiforms, fibroepithelial Polyp/Papilloma or Filiform Warts)
Skin tags are very common and are mainly found on the neck and face. They often appear with a neck somewhat like a mushroom and vary in size. They can be smaller than a grain of uncooked rice or larger than a broad bean and are often found in areas of friction, such as the groin, under the breasts, around the neck (where necklaces may irritate) and under and around the armpits.
Skin tags can grow either on their own, or in multiple fashion and are made up of loose fibrous tissue. The colour of a skin tag is usually the same as the surrounding skin, but they can become darker and therefor more noticeable. They are derived from epithelial cells and grow like a plum on a tree.
The way in which they are attached to the skin varies, with a high percentage have a smaller stalk attaching the main body to the skin and resembling a mushroom. Others have developed with the whole body growing off of the skin. It is for this reason, the area in which the skin tag is located, and client comfort that will determine the best treatment process. Some are removed straight away and others are best treated and left to die off over the next couple of weeks or so. Either way, they can easily be treated.
Viral in nature and related to warts, whilst not highly contagious, they do seem to spread on individuals and should therefore be treated as contagious.
Skin tags are purely benign growths that pose no risk to health. However, they can be unsightly and irritating when they are caught on clothing or by razors, and for these reasons they are commonly removed with ease.
Call us for treatment of moles and skin tags
At the Evolutions Clinic in Winchester we can treat moles and skin tags. Our advanced cosmetic procedures are designed to treat bothersome moles and skin tags without the need for surgery. Moles and skin tags are treated without surgery reducing scarring and giving visibly superior results. Call us today on 01962 809937.