Although these unsightly growths typically do not require treatments, there are procedures available for anyone who is looking to remove them for cosmetic reasons. 


However, before evaluating your aesthetic treatment options to remove them, it pays to know the difference between the two.


Moles and Skin Tags: What is the Difference? 



Moles are skin growths that usually have a brown or black tone. They can appear anywhere on the skin and in a raised fashion or level with the surface. Most people get between 10 and 40 moles during their first 20 years of life and while most growths are harmless and don’t cause pain, some can be potentially cancerous.


Skin Tags

On the other hand, skin tags are small, painless, non-cancerous flaps of tissue that hang off the skin. They’re distinguished by their thin stalks—called a peduncle—which connects them to skin. These growths are more common in both men and women over age 50. They can appear anywhere on the body, though they’re often found in places where your skin folds: eyelids, neck, groin, thighs, and the area under your breasts. 


Why Remove Moles and Skin Tags? 

Moles and skin tags generally do not pose a concern. However, some individuals opt to have them removed when they are causing embarrassment and discomfort, and/or already interfering with daily life. 


In the case of moles, some growths are potentially malignant. It’s essential to check with your doctor if you have a mole that is abnormally itchy, uncomfortable, and looks different from the rest of your moles. Your doctor will either take a tissue sample or remove it completely. 


How Moles and Skin Tags are Removed 

Removing moles and skin tags is a minor procedure that can be done at a regular appointment with your aesthetic doctor in Singapore.


At Shiro Aesthetic Clinic we offer a clinical solution in Singapore to remove moles safely and effectively using a medical CO2 laser that burns off the tissue cells of the mole. 


The mole removal procedure lasts only for 15 minutes. The results are immediate and often leave no scars or marks. Any superficial scab or crust that formed after the procedure will naturally fall off after a few days.


Unwanted skin tags, on the other hand, are removed using electrocautery, a fuss-free skin tag removal technique that involves heating the tags to shrivel them up. Like moles, the shrivelled tags will fall off a few days after the procedure. 


These procedures may hurt a little, but an anaesthetic will be applied to numb the area before the treatment.



Can You Remove Moles and Skin Tags on Your Own? 

There are several home remedies you can find on the Internet to remove moles and skin tags. However, doctors strongly urge against them. 


Purchasing at-home removal products or trying home remedies such as using clippers to cut the growth could result in bleeding, scarring or worse, infection. Removing moles and skin tags is one thing you shouldn’t do at home and that is best left to the professionals. 


Moles and skin tags? Visit Shiro Aesthetic Clinic to learn more about your options in removing them. 


Schedule an appointment with us at (65) 6235 5655.

Dr Zhang YiJun