There are several skin lesions that are very common and benign (non-cancerous). These conditions include moles, freckles, skin tags, benign lentigines, and seborrheic keratoses.
Moles and Your Skin
Moles are growths on the skin that are usually brown or black. Moles can appear anywhere on the skin, alone or in groups. Most moles appear in early childhood and during the first 30 years of a person’s life. It is normal to have between 10-40 moles by adulthood. As the years pass, moles usually change slowly, becoming raised and/or changing color. Often, hairs develop on the mole. Some moles may not change at all, while others may slowly disappear over time.
How Are Moles Treated?
If Dr. Desai believes a mole needs to be evaluated further or removed entirely, he will either remove the entire mole, or first take just a small tissue sample of the mole to examine thin sections of the tissue under a microscope (a biopsy). This is a simple procedure. It is done with lasers so as to leave virtually no scars.
A skin tag is a small flap of tissue that hangs off the skin by a connecting stalk. Skin tags are not dangerous. They are usually found on the neck, chest, back, armpits, under the breasts, or in the groin area.Skin tags appear most often in women, especially with weight gain, and in elderly people.Skin tags usually don’t cause any pain. However, they can become irritated if anything, such as clothing or jewelry, rubs them.
How Are Skin Tags Treated?
Dr. Desai will remove a skin tag by cutting it off with lasers to leave no scars.