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Dermatologist in Downey describes removal of moles and skin tags

Some patients who visit a dermatologist in Downey are interested in removing skin tags and moles from their body.

Skin Tag Removal
Skin tags are tiny projections of the skin that are often found on the neck and armpit areas. These growths are not harmful, but they may become irritated, necessitating removal. Causes include pregnancy, insulin resistance, wart viruses (human papilloma virus), diabetes, and obesity. Easily removed in a quick office procedure, insurance companies consider removal a cosmetic procedure. However, if irritated and painful, insurance may cover removal.

Mole Removal
Nevi, or moles, on the skin are usually harmless. It is unknown what causes moles. They may appear at birth or develop over time. It seems as though heredity and sun exposure may play a part in mole development. Although harmless in many cases, in some instances, they may be in embarrassing locations or in areas where they can become irritated and cause discomfort. When this happens, they can be professionally removed at the practice of Dr. Douglas A. Blose, MD, Inc.

Most moles that are raised and on the superficial area of the skin, Dr. Douglas A. Blose can remove them with shave excision. The mole is anesthetized, and then using a scalpel, it is shaved off with a transverse incision. Most heal with little to no scarring. Occasionally, deeper moles must be removed with an excision around the mole and then suturing. This ensures the entire mole is removed and it reduces the chance for recurrence. Sutures are often used and may be left for approximately one week to facilitate healing.

All patients can benefit from annual skin checks by a trained dermatologist to ensure problems such as skin cancer are not developing. Patients can reduce their risk of developing skin cancer by taking good care of their skin with regular sunscreen use and reducing the amount of time spent in the sun or in tanning beds.

Moles that change in shape, size, or color may be an indication that skin cancer has developed. The rate of melanoma in the U.S. today has reached a frightening scale. It is estimated that 1 out of every 60 people alive today will develop melanoma in their lifetime. Thus, any sudden changes in appearance of moles should be checked by a qualified professional. Should you have any concerns, please contact us for an appointment.

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