There are various skin growths that can appear on the skin. Most of these growths are harmless, but many opt to have them removed for aesthetic purposes. It is important to ensure that you get your skin growth checked by a doctor prior to removal, to ensure that it is not cancerous. There are various skin growths that can appear on the skin. Most of these growths are harmless, but many opt to have them removed for aesthetic purposes. It is important to ensure that you get your skin growth checked by a doctor prior to removal, to ensure that it is not cancerous.
|Causes of Formation
|Moles are areas of skin where melanocytes have grouped together. Melanocytes produce a pigment called melanin which gives your skin its colour – where they cluster together the skin is darker.
Moles can form as a result of hormonal changes, sun exposure, or genetic factors.
While most moles are harmless, certain types of moles can develop into skin cancer. It is advisable to regularly check your moles to see if any change in shape or colour.
You should see your doctor if you notice:
|Even if your mole is not cancerous, you may still decide to have it removed due to irritations or cosmetic reasons.
At LS Aesthetic, the removal procedure recommended by Dr. Kok will vary depending on the type of mole you have. The procedures available are:
|Warts are small hard growths on the skin, that are caused by the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). Warts can be contagious, and they can be passed from one to another through the direct touching of the warts, or through using towels or other personal items that were used by someone with warts.
|Treatments decrease the chance that the warts will be spread to other parts of the body and to other people.
Common methods of wart removal include:
|Skin tags are small growths of skin tissue that commonly occur where the skin rubs against itself or clothing. They are largely benign and are not contagious. Still confused between the difference between moles and skin tags? We break it down further here.
|Treatments for skin tag removal include:
|Milia often forms on the face, but they can also be found on the neck, chest, scalp, and back.
There is little one can do to prevent milia from forming if one is prone to them. Milia form for a variety of reasons:
|Treatments for milia include:
|Overactive oil glands can result in the growth of small, yellowish, benign papules on your face or body. This condition, known as sebaceous hyperplasia, is common amongst adults between 30 – 50 years of age. Such papules form naturally during the aging process, as a result of decreasing androgen levels. This condition is also hereditary and is usually seen in families. The appearance of overactive oil glands can sometimes be difficult to distinguish from basal cell carcinoma, a type of skin cancer. If concern arises over this, a biopsy should be performed.
|Oil glands are harmless and does not require any medical treatment, but should you wish to remove it for cosmetic reasons, the following treatments are available:
|Syringomas are benign lesions of the eccrine sweat gland. They are small, translucent-to-yellowish papules that are firm, smooth, and usually 1-3mm in diameter. They are most commonly found around the eyes and upper cheeks, although lesions sometimes develop on other parts of the body. Syringomas develop when there is a buildup of skin cells within a sweat gland duct, causing it to become enlarged and clogged.
|The most common ways to treat syringomas include: