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What are warts, moles, and skin tags?


Most commonly a small, rough growth, typically found on the hands or feet. It will commonly have the appearance of a solid blister. They are caused by a viral infection, are contagious, and spread through broken skin. Warts may reappear after they have been removed.


Type of skin lesion known as nevi. Moles can be pigmented or flesh-colored, raised up from the skin, or flat on the skin’s surface. Some can produce dark coarse hair. There are factors that can influence a person’s moles such as genetics and UV radiation. It occurs when cells in the skin grow in a cluster instead of spreading out.

Skin Tags:

Harmless, benign skin growths that resemble a small flap or soft tissue hanging off of the skin by a connecting stalk. They are more common on women especially those with weight gain, and the elderly.

What does the removal process literally do?

The most common skin care treatment for the removal of these growths is cryotherapy. Cryotherapy creates a blister between the growth or lesion and the epidermal layer – low cold temperatures create ice crystals in the cells that destroy them at a cellular level – after which the growth or lesion turns into a scab and falls off by itself.

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 treatment take?

Treatment time will vary based on the number of growths or lesions as well as the size of the growth(s).

How often do I need to repeat treatment?

Warts appearing on thinner skin may require additional treatments. Warts appearing on thicker skin can require a dozen or more treatments. They can reoccur after removal and may not be completely gone after the first treatment of cryotherapy. Overall, additional treatments may be necessary for all growths or lesions. It is recommended that patients closely follow post-care instructions provided to them.

What areas can be treated?

The areas that can be treated are: hands, face, neck, underarms, arms, chest, décolleté and sometimes the feet.

Is the treatment painful?

Patients often describe the sensation from cryotherapy as cold, tingly, and sometimes a burning sensation. The treated skin will feel quick sensations like these and then will become numb. For most patients this treatment is easily tolerable.

What are the common side effects?

Other than the treatment specifications above, there may also be localized pain and redness post treatment. Scabbing at the area of treatment is a common side effect. It is important not to interrupt the scab while it is healing as it is a normal part of the treatment process. Possible blistering is also a potential side effect. A full list of side effects is available during your consultation.

What does the treatment cost?

Treatment cost varies from patient to patient based on the volume of growths and/or lesions treated. After consulting with Dr. Reinertson, pricing will be explained for the treatment and discounts will be offered to patients seeking treatment on more than one growth or lesion.