Mole & Skin Tag Removal

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Mole & Skin Tag Removal ModelWhile a number of common skin conditions may be benign (non-cancerous), including moles, freckles, skin tags, benign lentigines and seborrheic keratoses, they can still make people feel self-conscious or unattractive. Dr. Jason McWhirter routinely performs mole removal and removal of skin tags at ReNue for his Calgary Region clients.

If you would like to speak with Dr. McWhirter about skin tag and mole removal at his Calgary or Seton clinic, or Airdrie medical spa, request a consultation online or call us at 403-454-1244 (Calgary) or 403-945-0350 (Airdrie) or 403-523-1091 (Seton). One of our friendly staff members will be glad to help schedule your appointment.

Meet Dr. McWhirter

Dr. Jason McWhirter has a passion for aesthetics centered on the principle that beautiful skin and physical wellness are intertwined. Through specialized expertise and a desire to truly listen, Dr. McWhirter consistently provides the results our patients love.

How Moles Develop

Cells called melanocytes produce melanin, which gives skin its color or pigment. Normally, these cells disperse evenly throughout the skin. When these cells grow together in a mass, moles develop.

Mole Growth

Moles grow anywhere on the skin as either single growths or grouped together. They typically appear brown or black and usually number anywhere from 10 to 40. Moles usually begin appearing during childhood, with additional moles developing into a person's 30s and few developing beyond the 30s. Some moles change slowly over the years, either changing in color, becoming elevated, growing hair or even disappearing. Factors related to pregnancy, puberty and sun exposure can affect moles, causing them to darken, for instance.

Skin Tags

Skin tags occur as small flaps of hanging tissue, usually on the neck, chest or back, beneath the breasts or underarms or in the groin. They can develop in anyone, but they are most common in women and seniors. They are harmless and typically painless, but they can be irritated by rubbing clothing, drying with a towel or wearing a necklace.

Mole & Skin Tag Treatments

For a lot of people, moles or skin tags on the face, arms and other parts of the body present as unattractive and can, in some cases, affect a person's self-esteem. ReNue provides cosmetic body and facial mole removal using a state-of-the-art laser that doesn't cause major discomfort for the client. Using a laser for mole and skin tag removal also has other benefits, including:

  • Quick treatment times (10 minutes for 1 to 2 lesions)
  • Faster healing rates
  • Little to no chance of scarring at the site of removal

Many clients choose to combine laser mole removal with laser vein treatments to address multiple concerns during one visit.

Cancer Screening & Biopsy

Dr. McWhirter also specializes in skin cancer screening and mole biopsy for clients who have concerns about moles that have changed size and shape over time or who would like a general opinion.

Common Questions

How do I know whether my mole is benign?

While it's true that some moles can be cancerous, many are benign. If you've noticed the development of a new mole, or you've observed changes in an existing mole's colour, size, or shape, Dr. McWhirter will perform a biopsy to evaluate the mole. If it is found to be benign, you may proceed with the laser treatment.

Is there any downtime associated with these procedures?

Laser removal of moles and skin tags is a very minor, minimally invasive procedure that usually doesn't require any rest at home afterward. In most cases, patients may return to normal activities immediately after their office visit, closely following Dr. McWhirter's aftercare instructions.

How can I prevent additional moles from developing?

Although some people are simply more prone to moles than others, the most important thing you can do to stave them off is protect yourself from the sun. Dr. McWhirter urges his mole removal patients in Calgary to get into the habit of applying a broad-spectrum sunblock each day to any exposed skin, even if it's raining or overcast outside. Wear long sleeves when it's comfortable to do so, and, when possible, stay indoors during the afternoon, when the sun is at its peak. In addition to preventing moles, practicing good sun protection habits can prevent premature aging and wrinkles, too.

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