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Minor Dermatology Procedures Specialist

Dr. Susan Rife and Associates Family Medicine -  - Family Medicine

Dr. Susan Rife and Associates Family Medicine

Family Medicine & Medical Weight Loss located in Orland Park, IL

Moles and skin tags are common and usually not of medical concern. But they can be cosmetically bothersome, catch on clothing or jewelry, and in the case of moles, be potentially dangerous. The providers at Dr. Susan Rife and Associates Family Medicine perform minor dermatology procedures for patients at the office in Orland Park, Illinois. The procedures include in-office removal of skin tags and moles. Call today or use the online tool to schedule your appointment.

Minor Dermatology Procedures Q & A

Who benefits from minor dermatology procedures?

Minor dermatology procedures include removing unwanted skin lesions, diagnosis and treatment of unusual rashes, and total-body skin checks. If they find anything unusual or concerning, the providers at Dr. Susan Rife and Associates Family Medicine can refer you to a dermatologist. 

What conditions can be addressed with minor dermatology procedures?

Minor dermatology procedures are performed right in the office of Dr. Susan Rife and Associates Family Medicine. They include full-body skin checks and minor rash diagnoses as well as mole and skin tag removal. 

Moles

Moles are common, abnormally colored growths on your skin. Though they are often brown, they may also be pink, red, or flesh-colored. Moles are usually harmless, but can occasionally become cancerous over time. Your provider evaluates any bothersome moles, and if one seems irregular, may refer you to a dermatologist for a biopsy.

You may choose to remove a benign mole because you don’t like how it looks or because it’s in an uncomfortable location. 

Skin tags

Skin tags are extra growths that contain nerve cells, fat cells, and core fibers. They grow outside your skin and commonly appear on your neck, groin, eyelids, armpits, and under the breasts. These growths are benign, but you may choose to have them removed because they rub uncomfortably, make shaving difficult, and aren’t cosmetically appealing. 

What is involved in minor dermatology procedures?

If you come to the office for the removal of a skin tag or mole, you’ll undergo one of several procedures depending on its location and size. 

Shave excision

This procedure can be used for skin tags and moles. Your provider uses a thin, razor-like tool to shave the lesion off of your skin.

Surgical excision

Moles that penetrate deep into your skin may need a surgical excision. The procedure involves cutting deep down to the subcutaneous fat layer to remove the mole. 

Snipping

Your doctor removes a skin tag with special tools. This procedure is quick and pain-free.

Cryosurgery

Cryosurgery uses liquid nitrogen to freeze off skin tags and moles. 

Should I worry about moles?

Moles are typically benign (noncancerous). But do be concerned if your mole shows signs of:

  • Asymmetry
  • Irregular borders
  • Changing color
  • Altered size

Your provider can determine if you have a mole that’s more than a cosmetic concern. 

For minor dermatological procedures, call Dr. Susan Rife and Associates Family Medicine or use the online tool to book an appointment.