Removing Moles And Skin Tags
There are many different ways to remove skin tags, including removal tools, freezing the skin tag, cutting it out, drying the skin tag out using electrodes, and creams that can be purchased from most drug stores. Skin tags and raised moles are typically removed the same way by doctors. Either through freezing, heating, or cutting.
Some moles appear to be flat, which would require more extensive methods to remove. Some doctors will perform minor surgery to remove moles to make sure that they can completely remove the mole from the skin. There is also the option of creams and ointments that can be purchased to aid in removing skin tags, but can they be used on moles?
Creams And Ointments
Some creams and ointments for skin tags are also recommended for use on moles as well. However, some creams are specially formulated for skin tags alone. Moles can sometimes grow more rooted in the skin and require further treatment or removal because if the cells located in the skin are not removed, the mole will return later by regrowing the cells that are on the outside of the skin. Regrowth of those cells can sometimes form abnormal cells causing the mole to no longer be benign. If you want or need to remove a mole, it needs to be eradicated to prevent complications in the future.
There is proof that these creams are effective in removing skin tags or moles. It has, however, been shown that these creams and ointments can cause significant skin damage that can be avoided by using a removal tool that is approved by the FDA or by visiting a dermatologist to get the skin tag or mole looked at and removed. Unfortunately, some creams and ointments that are used on skin tags and moles have even been linked to the development of Melanoma, a life-threatening form of skin cancer.
Other Skin Tag Tools
Many skin tag removal tools have settings for moles as well. While they are not removed in precisely the same way, the process is very similar. Some devices will not work on both skin tags and moles as there are methods specially formulated for each that will be more aggressive towards one or the other. For example, the Skin Tag Remover Device by Claritag is specific to skin tags and is not recommended for the removal of moles. On the other hand, the Spot Blaster Pro was made for the removal of both skin tags and moles.
Visit A Doctor
While skin tags are harmless and moles are generally safe, it is always in the best interest for someone to visit a doctor when a new mole is found on the skin, even if to be on the safe side. Different shapes and colors of moles can help a doctor identify melanoma and other skin diseases. However, if the mole is removed and the person has not seen a doctor regarding the moles, the doctor has less of a chance of catching certain life-threatening diseases promptly. Typically, early in life, moles are not harmful and don’t usually mean that the person has cancer. It is much more common in older people to wake up one day with a cancerous mole. To rule out disease, visiting the doctor is always the best option.