Minor Skin Irregularities


Minor Skin Irregularities

Skin Tag Removal

Skin tag: what is it?

A benign, soft hanging piece of skin which most people have at some point in their lives.  It generally causes no pain and is usually removed for aesthetic or cosmetic reasons.

Skin Tags &...Pictures Feb 2016.

What causes skin tags?

  • Being overweight;
  • Heredity;
  • Friction of skin against skin;
  • Too much sugar in the blood;
  • High levels of cholesterol;

(i.e.  All those at risk for diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Treatment:  How to get rid of skin tags:

A skin tag is removed by disconnecting the blood supply quickly and efficiently without anesthesia.

Larger growths may require local anesthesia.

Removing skin tags: How are they removed?

Burned off using light electrical current (cauterization)-easiest way.

At Nell Laser Clinic, Nell also does facial mole removal.

Age Spots or Brown Spots

Not always brown, age spots can be grey or black as well.  They are sometimes known as liver spots, senile lentigo, solar lentigines, or sun spots because they are caused by many years of sun exposure or the use of tanning beds.

Although melanin helps protect the deeper layers of the skin from UV rays, it can be produced in high concentrations or become “clumped”, thus causing age spots.  These spots are not dangerous and can easily be removed.

Methods of removal at Nell Clinic:

  • Laser
  • Chemical peels
  • Dermabrasion
  • Cauterization(electric current)

Telangiectasia:

What is it?—FYI:

Spider veins (i.e. small, widened blood vessels in the skin)

What causes it?

  • Heredity;
  • Alcohol;
  • Pregnancy;
  • Sun exposure;
  • Tanning salon;
  • Hormones ( e.g. Menopause)

Cholesterol Deposits ( Xanthelasma) :

What do they look like?

Soft and yellowish, usually found around the eyelids.

What are they?

Fat deposits underneath the skin.

Who might get them?

  • Heredity;
  • Those with high cholesterol;
  • Asians and Mediterraneans

Fibroma:

What is it?

Also known as a fibroid tumor, or fibroid, but they are non-malignant moles and can be easily removed.

Who can get one?

Anyone, but more prevalent in African-Americans.

Seborrheic Keratosis:

What is it?

Also known as “seborrheic verruca” or “senile wart” because it resembles melanoma skin cancer or a wart.  It is, however, a benign skin lesion.

What does it look like?

Ranges from light tan to black; round or oval; flat or elevated; very small to more than 2.5cm (1 inch).

Warts

What is a wart and what causes it?

A wart is a growth of skin caused by human papillomavirus (HPV), a virus which enters the body usually in an area of broken skin.  The virus causes the layer of skin on top to grow quickly, thus forming a wart.  The dark spots seen in a wart are tiny blood vessels that supply the wart with blood.

Where do they grow?

Warts can grow on any part of the body.  Commom warts often grow on the hands, but can grow virtually anywhere.  Plantar warts grow on the soles of the feet and can be painful because it is a pressure point.

Is it contagious?

Yes.  HPV can spread to another part of your body by merely touching that area; or you can share personal items like towels, razors, etc. and infect someone else.  Although usually painless, it is an aggressive virus that takes months to appear after being infected and, if left untreated, months to disappear.

At Nell Clinic, warts are successfully removed using Laser technology of the highest standard.

Milia: FYI

What are they?

Whiteheads ( i.e.keratin or sebum filled cysts)

When does a milium occur?

When dead skin or oil is trapped in a pore or pocket and becomes covered by a layer of skin.

Consultations are free.

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