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What are warts, moles, and skin tags?

Warts are small skin growths that look like hard blisters, typically presenting on the hands or feet. Due to being caused by a viral infection, warts are contagious and are contracted through broken skin. They tend to be a stubborn type of growth, often regrowing even after removal.

Moles,also known as nevi, are skin lesions that can come take on different characteristics. While some moles are pigmented, others are the same color as the surrounding skin. Moles can also be raised or flat, and some have dark hair growing out of them. Factors that affect the appearance of a mole include an individual’s genetics and UV exposure. Moles are caused by cells grouping together as they grow, rather than across the skin.

Skin Tags are benign growths that look like small, hanging skin flaps. They tend to affect women more than men, particularly those who have undergone weight gain, as well as older individuals.

How Does Skin Growth Removal with Cryotherapy Work?

One of the most common methods of removing skin growths like warts, moles, and skin tags is cryotherapy. This skin care treatment produces cold temperatures to create icicles within the targeted cells. This causes a blister to form between the growth and the epidermal layer of skin, damaging the growth at a cellular level. Cryotherapy effectively turns growths or lesions into scabs, which ultimately fall off.

My uncle died last year and my aunt gave me a beautiful gold chain for my neck. My neck however had a number of skin tags, moles and red blood filled bumps. Katie took great care of me and instead of a wearing a buttoned up collared shirt, I can remember my uncle by wearing the gold chain around my neck! Thanks!
Ricky, Seattle, January 2011

How Long Does Mole, Wart & Skin Tag Removal Take?

The duration of treatment for removing moles, warts, and skin tags will ultimately depend upon how many growths or lesions are being addressed and how large these skin concerns are.

How Often Do I Need to Repeat Skin Growth Removal Treatment?

Removing skin growths and lesions often requires multiple treatment sessions to effectively remove all traces of the concern and prevent it from coming back. Warts, for example, can recur after being removed. Those on thinner skin often requires additional cryotherapy treatments, while warts on thicker skin can take as many as a dozen or more treatments. Patients should closely adhere to post-care instructions provided by our skin care doctor to ensure the best possible outcome.

What Areas Can Be Treated with Skin Growth Removal?

Common areas with skin growths or lesions that can be treated with cryotherapy include the face, neck, décolleté, chest, underarms, arms, and in some cases the feet.

Is Cryotherapy Painful for Removing Skin Growths?

Cryotherapy is a cold therapy that is typically well-tolerated. Patients may feel sensations of cold, tingling, and burning before ultimately having the treatment area go numb.

What Are Common Side Effects of Skin Growth Removal?

In addition to the sensations detailed above, cryotherapy may cause pain and redness at the target area after treatment. It is normal to develop scabbing at the treatment site, which is a normal step of the healing process. Another side effect of cryotherapy is potential blistering. More details about what can be expected will be explained during your consultation.

How Much Does Cryotherapy Cost?

The cost of cryotherapy will vary for each patient based on the details of their case. This includes the size and number of the growths being treated. After your consultation with Dr. Reinertson, our team will go over the pricing for your treatment plan. Should you require treatment for more than one growth or lesions, you may be eligible for discounts.