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Are mole and skin tag removers safe?

At SkinSmart Dermatology, our team of professionals is well-versed in the different conditions that can affect the skin, hair, nails, and body. Drs. Elizabeth Callahan and William Adams of Sarasota, FL, work routinely with individuals with skin tags and moles and want to talk about removal. Should it be done by a professional? Can I use an over-the-counter mole and skin tag removal kit? Our team can answer these questions and many more!

What are moles and skin tags?

Moles are growths on the skin that can be either cancerous or benign. Skin tags are also growths on the skin, but they are not cancerous and pose no threat to your health.

Most moles are actually benign, meaning they are not cancerous. However, some moles can later become cancerous. If you have a mole on your skin that is changing in appearance or bleeding, it is vital to see a doctor right away, as this could be a sign of skin cancer.

Skin tags are harmless growths that usually do not need to be removed. However, if they are causing discomfort or you simply do not like the way they look, you can have them removed by a doctor.

Are over-the-counter mole and skin tag removers safe?

Most over-the-counter mole and skin tag removers are safe to use at home. However, it is always best to talk with a doctor or dermatologist, like Drs. Elizabeth Callahan and William Adams, before using any type of over-the-counter treatment–just to be sure. Some mole and skin tag removers contain strong chemicals that may not be suitable for everyone’s skin type. In addition, some of these treatments can cause scarring if not used correctly. Because of this, it is best to speak with a professional about mole or skin tag removal treatment if you are looking for effective and safe solutions performed by a medical team.

How do I learn more about mole and skin tag removal?

Drs. Elizabeth Callahan and William Adams of Sarasota, FL, are dermatologists at SkinSmart Dermatology who work routinely with patients dealing with medical and cosmetic dermatology concerns. If you have a mole or skin tag that has been evaluated and is not cancer and need to have it removed, it is best to have it performed by a professional to ensure no scarring and effective, safe treatment. Call 941-308-7546 to request a visit with our team.

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