What are skin moles and warts?
As much as we like
to believe that we should not judge a book by its cover and that
‘Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder’, we are still very concerned
with our looks and physical appearance.
If you have been bothered by certain facial imperfections such as
having moles, warts or skin tags on your face or body, then The
Esthetic Clinic brings you some hope. For many people, having warts and
moles can bring embarassment and awkwardness which can be detrimental
to the self esteem and inner confidence within. There are many people
who are still judged on first impression and this can lead to a self
confidence and self esteem issue.
What are Warts
These things are skin lesions and most of them are non cancerous or
benign and if you find them irritable, painful and an ugly thing, you
can have them removed.
Some moles that change in colour and shape may be cancerous and the
doctor may advice you to undergo surgery. Oftentimes, patients are
referred for biopsy, wherein the sample of a lesion is examined in the
are the causes of Moles and what do they look like?
Most moles occur in childhood, adolescence or early adulthood. They are
due to abnormal collection of pigment producing cells known as
melanocytes in the skin. Most moles are dark and pigmented, but some
may be lightly pigmented or even flesh coloured. Moles are small, flat
and pigmented when they appear but the clinical appearance changes with
the life cycle of the mole. With advancing age they become raised and
dome shaped, and often appear lighter. These changes do not
signify cancerous changes and except for cosmetic reasons do not
require removal. Occasionally, changed moles may be a cause for concern
if they develop irregular border, bleeding or sudden increase in size
and you should consult a dermatologist.
How are moles
treated at The Esthetic Clinic?
Moles are often removed on cosmetic grounds. The choice of treatment is
surgical excision. The mole may be sent for histological examination
for confirmation of diagnosis or to rule out an atypical mole or
cancer. After excision, there will be stitches in place which will be
removed after 7-14 days, depending on the location of the mole. The
mole will be replaced by a line scar.
Radiofrequency ablation -
The dermatologist may also advise radiofrequency ablation for the mole.
dioxide laser vaporization -
The latest nonsurgical modality of treatment. However, it will be
decided by the dermatologist if this is the right procedure for you.
Warts are skin overgrowths which are due to viral proliferation in the
upper layers of the skin. There are many types of warts, and they can
occur anywhere on the skin, more commonly on the face, hands and feet.
They are due to the inability of the skin immune system to fight that
particular virus resulting in overgrowth of the virus in the skin.
What is their treatment?
dioxide laser ablation – treatment of
with liquid nitrogen
of the wart followed by chemical cautery
there can be chances of recurrence, hence improving the general
immunity is recommended.
are Skin tags?
dioxide laser excision
can be easily removed, if so desired by a snip excision or a
electrocautery. This is done
under topical anesthesia such as using emla cream.
These are harmless skin coloured or brown growths, which commonly occur
on the neck, underarms, groins or eyelids. They vary in size from less
than 1mm to as large as 10 mm. They are often asymptomatic and often
occur as multiple lesions.
After the surgery, there will be superficial wounds which will heal in
4-7 days. There may be some post inflammatory darkening after the wound
heals. But this will usually fade away with time, over the next few
These are superficial skin overgrowths which appear in increasing
numbers with age. In early lesions, they are brown and slightly raised,
however, they may become fairly large and pigmented nodules. They are
commonly located on the face but can also be seen on the trunk, groin,
and sun exposed areas. These are benign lesions and do not transfer
into skin cancer.
Cosmetic removal of seborrheic keratoses can be performed in various
ways, depending on the clinical type.
seborrheic keratoses can be treated with liquid nitrogen.
ones are best treated with electrocautery.
dioxide laser ablation
What Is Sebaceous Hyperplasia?
These are yellowish lesions often seen on the cheeks. They have a
characteristic central dimpling. This benign tumor is due to an
increase in proliferation of oil glands just below the surface of the
These may be treated with electrocautery or laser. These treatments
will flatten the lesions. However, there is a risk of scarring and
recurrence following treatment.
You can continue your routine activities after the moles and warts are
removed. However, you have to practice extra care and you have to
ensure that you don’t scrape or knock the treated area.
Now that you know how the moles, warts and skin tags are removed,
consult your dermatologist. Only your doctor can determine the best way
to remove your lesions. Don’t try to pick the moles or warts to remove
them because this can cause irritation.
If the moles or warts are cancerous, the more reason you have to
consult the dermatologist. Visit your doctor now and see what he or she
has to say. Cancerous moles or warts are treated differently and so if
skin lesions are suspicious, don’t hesitate to have them treated.