How to Safely Remove Moles and Skin Tags

Perfectly flawless skin doesn’t exist and that is a fact. We all have some unwanted bumps and spots on our bodies and although some of these may give a person more character and uniqueness, the majority of people think that they would want these gone, if possible. So, if you are one of those people that aren’t happy with these features (moles and skin tags), you may be looking for a way to get rid of them. If that’s the case, here’s how to remove moles and skin tags.

Skin Tags

These are very common and quite harmless.  A person would usually have skin tags nearby the eyelids, armpits, the neck and the intimate area. Those who may find their skin tags inconvenient or simply put aesthetically undesirable, there are various ways in which they can be removed.

Firstly, it is not uncommon for skin tags to turn into a scab and fall off on their own. But some people still prefer to have them removed, which can be for aesthetic reasons or the are where the skin tag is may rub against clothing or another part of the body. There are over-the-counter product that tackle the issue of skin tags, moles and warts removal and as long as you consult with a doctor or a pharmacist regarding the method you are considering, there shouldn’t be complications.

Some people claim that they have managed to get rid of their skin tags using clear nail polish, but since this is not a scientifically proven treatment, it is not something you should rely on. Some people have reported to have numbed their tags with ice and then cut them off with clean scissors/nail clippers. This is definitely not a method that is safe or should be recommended since it will surely cause bleeding which can cause an infection. Simply put, home surgical removal is not something that anyone should take lightly, in fact, it should be avoided as much as possible.

Doctors usually recommend removing skin tags with the ligation technique. This involves tying the base with suturing thread as to cut off the circulation and then allowing the tag to dry up and fall off itself. Other safe and popular methods are cryotherapy (freezing it off), then electrical cauterization and lastly surgical removal using scissors/scalpel. The doctor is sure to apply a numbing cream or injection and he/she will do all the necessary steps as to avoid pain, bleeding and infections.


Moles are nothing else but a cluster of skin cells in brown or black color. In contrast to skin tags, these can appear anywhere on your body, not just on certain areas. The full set of moles you are to have for the rest of your life should show up before you are 20 years old or so. These are usually benign (not cancerous) but you should see a doctor should a mole appear later in your life and its size or color bothers you. In case it has cancer cells, your doctor will suggest removing it as soon as possible. After the procedure, you’ll have to check the area – the ole should not come back. Sometimes, a person can have a mole removed simply because they don’t like the way it looks. It can also be done if it is bothersome not touch when you shave or dress.

There are two main ways in which moles can be removed – both are simple surgical procedures.

Surgical Excision

The doctor will first numb the area. Then, using a scalpel or a sharp, circular blade, he/she will cut out the mole and a bit of the healthy skin around it. After this is done, the doctor will stitch the skin as to close the hole.

Surgical Shave

If your mole is quite small, this is what your doctor will mot probably decide to do with it. After numbing the area, he/she will get a small blade and simply shave off the mole along with some tissue surrounding it. Stitching may be a step the doctor will skip, since the size of the mole may not require it.