Moles are typically benign skin lesions. They are made up of a high concentration of melanocytes – cells that produce melanin (pigment). Moles are usually brown, black, or blue in colour, but can also be skin-coloured. A mole can appear anywhere on the skin, alone or clustered. Most moles appear in the first 20-25 years of life and it is not uncommon for adults to have anywhere between 10-40 moles. Potential reasons for the growth of moles on the skin include excessive UV exposure, fluctuations in hormonal levels, ageing, genetics, and injury. Although moles may be undesirable from a cosmetic standpoint, they are functionally benign and typically pose no health risk.
Skin tags usually appear as small pieces of skin protruding out from the body on a thin stem. These lesions are commonly found on the chest, back, armpits, neck, under the breasts, and in the groin area. They appear most frequently in female and older patients. The cause of skin tags is not known, but they are typically harmless and pose no threats to health.
At GMA, we use Yellowbeam, a pure yellow 577 nm diode laser to remove unwanted moles and skin tags. To remove moles, the laser is directly applied to the treatment area. The pigment breaks down as the laser light is selectively absorbed by the melanin contained within the mole. This process destroys the mole without ablating the skin.
We remove skin tags by applying a highly focused beam of laser light to the treatment area. The laser destroys the micro-thin layers of skin at the tag’s root without damaging surrounding tissue.
The Yellowbeam is safe and highly effective for both light and darker skin types, with minimal risk of side effects. Due to effective absorption of oxyhemoglobin (blood) and melanin at this unique 577nm wavelength, the Yellowbeam does not require as much energy as other lasers, resulting in safer and more comfortable treatments.