Moles / Skin Tags

Performing skin tag removal in NYC, our dermatologists are some of the top experts in diagnosing and removing moles and removing skin tags. In most instances, a mole or skin tag is a benign growth that poses no medical threat or risk, but a mole or skin tag can still cause embarrassment or even discomfort in a patient. Skin tags are benign and do not pose any medical risk and are by no means a sign or precursor to any form of cancer. While most moles are benign, in some cases, a mole can be a sign of skin cancer, specifically melanoma. At Sutton Place Dermatology, our dermatologists value your health and addresses any of your personal needs with the utmost care and the most scientifically up-to-date treatments to restore your complexion and confidence.

What are moles?

Moles, also known as nevus, are a common type of skin growth that occurs in the majority of patients. Moles are often small, brown spots or growths on the skin that are caused by a cluster of pigmented skin cells. Moles can come in a variety of colors including brown, black, red, or blue, and they can be flat, raised, or even textured. The majority of moles are less than a fourth of an inch, but it is not unheard of for benign moles to be larger than this, especially at birth.

When should I see a doctor about a mole?

Moles, for the most part, are not dangerous, but a certain form of skin cancer called melanoma can grow in or around a mole. Melanoma is one of the most dangerous forms of skin cancer, which derives from damaged skin cells that mutate and cause a rapid proliferation of cells that forms a tumor. Fortunately, if caught early, melanoma experiences a high level of treatability. Annual skin examinations, both self-administered and administered by our dermatologists, can help detect any early signs of skin anomalies or skin cancer.

Please contact us if you experience any of the following with a mole:

  • Pain
  • Itching or burning
  • Discharging
  • Irregular or blurred boarders
  • Asymmetry
  • Changes in texture
  • Continues to grow
  • Darkening or irregular coloring
  • Unable to heal

What are skin tags?

Skin tags, also called acrochordon, are common, benign growths on the skin that form from the friction of skin rubbing against skin. Skin tags are most commonly associated with diabetes and obesity, but it is not uncommon for any patient to develop a skin tag. Skin tags are pockets of skin that are attached to the skin through a stalk. It is possible that a skin tag will naturally fall off, but many are persistent and continue to grow. Skin tags most commonly form on the neck, but they can form any place on the body that folds or experiences friction periodically. Despite being a benign growth, skin tags can present cosmetic issues and cause a lack of confidence in patients, and they can even cause discomfort depending on size and location.

What skin tag treatment or mole treatment options are there?

Skin tag removal and mole removal can safely remove skin growths and restore a smooth complexion. Depending on the frequency and size of your skin tags or moles, several removal options are available. Removal via surgical scissors, cryosurgery, or electrosurgery may be recommended. Skin tag removal with surgical scissors can completely remove the skin tag and stalk, which prevents it from growing back. Moles can be gently shaved away with this process to remove the mole in its entirety, too. Cryosurgery is the freezing of a skin tag or a mole using liquid nitrogen. Our dermatologists will administer a small amount of liquid nitrogen on the skin tag or mole, which will result in the mole or skin tag freezing and being gently removed from the affected area. Finally, electrosurgery for removal uses an electrical current to burn off the top layers of the mole. For moles, you may need more than one treatment to successfully remove the growth. On the other hand, a skin tag can be removed in one procedure, as electrosurgery burns the narrow stalk that attaches the skin tag to your skin.

For your comfort, the area will be numbed prior to any of these procedures. Our dermatologists have successfully treated thousands of patients and approach each case on a personal level to best meet your goals and desires while always putting your safety and comfort first. After these procedures, it is not uncommon that you may experience some discomfort, reddening, or blistering of the area where your skin tag or mole previously was. These advanced procedures rarely leave any permanent marking or scarring and offer the best results with the most minimally invasive techniques available.

How can I learn more about skin tag removal or mole removal?

Our dermatologists would be glad to discuss skin tag removal or mole removal with you. To request a personal consultation with our dermatologists to discuss skin tag removal or mole removal, please request an appointment online or call 212.838.0270.

© 2000- Sutton Place Dermatology - All Rights Reserved.