Aesthetic clinic

Skin Tag, Wart, Mole Removal

Skin Tag, Wart, Mole Removal

Remove unwanted moles & skin tags safely & efficiently

Skin tags, warts, and moles – these are tiny skin lumps and bumps that most, if not all, of us would experience in our lifetime. The good news is they can be safely removed in as little as 15 minutes.

Are skin tags, warts and moles the same?

Skin tags, warts, and moles are not one and the same. While they can be generally classified as skin lumps and bumps, they have different characteristics and causes.

Skin TagsCommon WartsMoles
Characteristics1. Loose collagen fibres surrounded by an outer layer of skin
2. Soft, non-cancerous growths
3. Found in between the skin folds of the eyelids, neck, armpits, breasts, and groin
1. Raised bumps
2. Generally harmless but can be painful
3. Commonly found on the palms, back of the fingers and toes, knees
1. Small brown or dark skin growths
2. Most moles are harmless but can be cancerous
Causes1. Exact cause is unclear
2. Studies have shown a correlation between skin tags and human papillomavirus (HPV), and insulin resistance
3. Also related to pregnancy hormones, weight gain, endocrine issues, or genetics
1. Common warts* are caused by HPV – some strains acquired through physical intimacy, skin contact, or shared objects
2. Biting your nails can also cause warts to spread around your fingernails and fingertips
1. Moles appear when the melanocytes in our cells grow in clusters. Melanocytes produce melanin, which gives our skin its colour

Besides the common warts highlighted above, there are several other types of warts:

  • Plantar warts appear like a small hole on the sole of your foot and are surrounded by hardened skin. They do not appear anywhere else on the skin.
  • Flat warts, also known as juvenile warts, are small, have a flat top, and are not immediately noticeable. Colour wise, they can be flesh-coloured, pink, brown, or slightly yellow. They are often found on the fingers and can grow in large clusters of 20 to 200.
  • Filiform warts are flesh-coloured tiny flaps of skin tags found on the eyelid, around the mouth or nose, and sometimes on the neck or under the chin.
  • Periungual warts start small but can grow larger and spread to other areas through direct contact. They have a cauliflower-like appearance, and can occur around the fingernails and toenails.

Skin tag and mole removal in Singapore

Sometimes, people opt to remove these lumps and bumps for cosmetic reasons. In other instances, these bumps must be removed for medical reasons. While there are available and proven home remedies for skin tags and warts, it is highly recommended you get them removed by a professional.

In that vein, moles can only be removed by a professional medical expert.

There are a few surgical methods that can be used to remove them. Depending on the size and location of the bump, your doctor may apply one of the follow methods:

  • Surgery involves removing the lump either by snipping it off, or going deeper into the skin (in the case of potentially cancerous moles) to remove all traces of it
  • Cauterisation involves using heat to remove the tag or wart
  • Cryosurgery involves using liquid nitrogen to freeze and remove the tag or wart
  • Electrocautery involves using a specialised electric current to burn and remove the tag
  • Ligation involves cutting off the blood flow to the tag with a surgical thread
  • Trichloroacetic acid is applied to the wart once a week
  • Laser removal is recommended for small flat moles, if there is no suspicion for cancer

How do I find out if a mole is cancerous?

The most definite way to know if a mole is cancerous is to go for regular cancer screening. Meanwhile, you should monitor for any changes in the shape, size, or colour of your moles. The standard self-screening process follows the ABCDE guideline where you should look out for:

  • Asymmetry
  • Irregular Borders
  • Change in Colour
  • Growing Diameter
  • Evolving shape, size, colour, or height

You should consult your doctor when you notice any change in your moles.

Does the removal process hurt?

While some cases may require repeated treatments, these treatments are generally bearable and should not cause you too much discomfort.

© 2023 by The Women's Wellness