Typical skin conditions easily removed by our skin experts
Skin tag removal
Skin tags are small flesh-coloured or brown growths that hang off the skin. Skin tags are usually a few millimetres in size, although can be as large as 5cm. They are very common and completely harmless.
Often found on the neck, in the armpits, around the groin, or under the breasts, and skin tags can also grow on the eyelids or under the folds of the buttocks.
Moles are small patches on the skin that form due to collections of cells, called melanocytes, which produce the colour (pigment) in your skin. The scientific name for moles is melanocytic naevi. Moles are often a brownish colour, although some may be darker or skin-coloured. They can be flat or raised, smooth or rough, and some have hair growing from them. Moles are usually circular or oval with a smooth edge. Moles can change in number and appearance. Some fade away over time, often without you realising. They also sometimes respond to hormonal changes, for example during:
- Pregnancy – when they may get slightly darker
- Teenage years – when they increase in number
- Older age – when they may disappear from 40 to 50 years of age onwards
When do moles develop?
Some moles are present at birth, although most moles develop during the first 30 years of life. People with fair skin often have more moles than people with darker skin.
Most moles have a genetic cause and are inherited; this is often the case with people who have a lot of moles. Where you were brought up may also make a difference, for example, if you have spent a lot of time in the sun, you may have an increased number of small moles. Mole removal is straight forwards and easy.
Are moles harmless?
Most moles are completely harmless. However moles can also become a nuisance. For example if they regularly snag on your clothing or you cut them while shaving.
Mole removal is effective and we have several types of procedure, which you can discuss during an appointment with our GP specialists.
If you have a mole you are concerned about come in for a consultation.
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Sebaceous cysts are common, non-cancerous cysts of the skin. Cysts are abnormalities in the body that may contain liquid or semi-liquid material.
They are mainly found on the face, neck or torso. They grow slowly and are not life-threatening, but may become uncomfortable if they are left unchecked.
A Dermatofibroma is a harmless, abnormal growth which can feel like a small, hard lump under your skin. It consists of skin cells, blood vessels and scar tissue, which develops in the dermis layer of the skin. More likely to affect women than men, they tend to develop in young to middle-aged adults on your lower legs or upper arms, although they can occur anywhere.
A keloid scar is an overgrown scar that can spread outside the original area of skin damage. They can feel hard and rubbery and sometimes form months after the original wound. They are not normally painful, and tend to form on scars on the shoulders, head and neck.
A lipoma is a soft, fatty lump that grows under the skin. It is harmless and can usually be left alone. Lipomas can occur on any area of skin where there are fat cells, and are usually seen on the shoulders, neck, chest, arms and back. They range from the size of a pea to a few centimetres across and grow very slowly.
About one in one hundred people develop a lipoma, so they are fairly common. It is unusual to develop more than one or two lipomas, unless you have a rare inherited condition called familial multiple lipomatosis, which causes lipomas to develop all over the body.
A seborrhoeic keratosis is a noncancerous growth commonly seen as people get older.
They appear on the top layer of your skin (the epidermis) in various colours, from light tan to black. They can be a variety of shapes and range in size from very small to more than 2.5 centimetres. They can resemble warts (which are treated differently) and unlike warts, these do not have a viral origin.
Caused by the Human papilloma virus (HPV), small, white, beige or brown skin growths (common warts) can appear almost anywhere on your body. Frequently, these form on the moist mucous membranes around the mouth and genitals. There are many different types, some small, and painless, and others larger, more painful.