Moles, Milia and Skin Tags

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 can increase during the first 30 years of life.. It is normal to have between 10-30 moles by adulthood.

With age, some moles may not change while some moles can change slowly, becoming raised and/or changing color. Sometimes hairs develop on the mole.

Skin imperfections like moles, milia, syringomas, xanthelesma and skin tags can be annoying. Milia or Oil seeds are small pearly white bumps frequently found around the eye area. They occur when dead skin become trapped in small pockets at the surface of the skin. Milia can also be confused with stubborn whiteheads. In children, milia disappears within two to four weeks. In adults they are persistent.

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Skin tags are benign skin growths thought to be caused by skin friction. Syringomas are flesh coloured or yellowish bumps that grow in cluster in your upper cheeks or lower eyelids. Xanthelasma are yellowish bumps which are deposit of fat underneath the skin, usually on or around the eyelids. It can be hereditary and associated with high levels of cholesterol.

While all the conditions mentioned are harmless, they can be disfiguring and can be removed.

Treatment is with carbon dioxide laser.

Treatment process involves: application of a numbing cream, carbon dioxide laser to remove the unwanted lesions with minimal damage to the surrounding tissue. This results in a very superficial wound, which usually heals over 7-10 days with minimal or no scarring. As a precaution, an antibiotic gel is applied and review session booked for a fortnight’s time. Residual scarring that may occur is then corrected using chemical peels and corrective creams.