What is Mole, Mila & Skin Tags?
Moles are small growths on the skin, which is a result of the clustering of melanin-producing cells. In most cases, they are benign and harmless, but rare instances do occur wherein they’re cancerous. Hence, moles are often removed to either prevent the risk of potential skin cancer or for aesthetic purposes.
Milia Seeds are white or yellowish bumps that grow on the skin near the nose and eye regions. Although they occur near that region on a general basis, it could also occur throughout the body. Milia seeds occur due to keratin-filled cysts forming underneath the skin.
Skin Tags are small pieces of soft skin attached to the body, that can appear anywhere. They are especially caused when skin rubs against other skin or clothing. Many a time, people don’t notice the presence of skin tags unless it is in a prominent location. In some cases, the skin tags may even rub off and fall off painlessly, unbeknownst to the person. However, in the case of larger skin tags, they may sometimes burst under pressure.
How is it Done?
Moles can be removed using various methods. The most commonly used ones are:
- Freezing: liquid nitrogen is used to freeze and remove the noncancerous moles
- Burning: electric current is used to burn away the upper layers of the mole, and typically requires more than one session
- Shaving: the mole is shaved away from the surface using a surgical knife
- Excision: a deeper variation of shaving, this technique ensures that the entire mole is removed from within after which the skin is stitched back together (used if a mole is cancerous)
As for Milia seeds, removal procedures vary depending on the severity of the case. Common procedures include:
- Laser treatment
These techniques can accurately target the milia seeds from within, without having to damage or disturb surrounding tissues and skin.
Skin tags, as well, have its own set of surgical removal techniques, including:
- Cauterization: heat is used to remove the skin tag.
- Cryosurgery: liquid nitrogen is used to freeze and remove the skin tag.
- Electrocautery: specialised electric current is used to burn off and remove the skin tag.
- Ligation: surgical threads are used to cut off blood flow to the skin tag, resulting in it falling off on its own.
- Surgery: Surgical removal involves cutting the skin tag off using surgical scissors after which the site is sealed to heal. Depending on the size of the tag, you may need bandages or even stitches.
Moles, Milia seeds, and Skin tags can also be removed using certain home remedies. However, it is highly advised to seek medical attention, instead of the option for at-home treatments, as the professionals can accurately help you in the removal process, with little to no risk or side effects.
What is the Pre and Post Procedure for Mole, Milla seeds, and Skin Tag Removal?
Whether it is a mole, milia seeds, or a skin tag that you’re targeting, it is always advisable to consult the doctor on the pre and post-procedure requirements that you may need to follow.