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Skin Tag and Benign Lesion Removal

At Balanced Skin Dermatology and Aesthetics in Newport Beach, our board-certified dermatologists specialize in the safe and effective removal of skin tags and other benign lesions. Whether you have a bothersome skin tag, a cosmetically concerning mole, or a suspicious growth, our skilled team uses advanced techniques to remove these lesions with precision and care, prioritizing your comfort and peace of mind.

Understanding Skin Tags and Benign Lesions

Skin tags and benign lesions are common skin growths that can appear anywhere on the body. While they are typically harmless, they can cause cosmetic concerns, physical discomfort, or, in some cases, be mistaken for more serious conditions. It's essential to have any new or changing skin growth evaluated by a board-certified dermatologist.

Skin Tags

Skin tags are small, soft, flesh-colored growths that often appear on areas of the body where skin rubs against skin or clothing, such as the neck, armpits, or under the breasts. They are typically benign and painless but can become irritated or unsightly.

Benign Lesions

Benign lesions are non-cancerous skin growths that can take many forms, including:

  • Moles (nevi)
  • Seborrheic keratoses
  • Cherry angiomas
  • Dermatofibromas
  • Lipomas
  • Cysts (epidermoid, pilar, or sebaceous)

While most benign lesions are harmless, some may resemble skin cancer or cause cosmetic concerns. Regular skin checks with a dermatologist can help identify any potentially problematic growths early.

Skin tags (small soft skin growths that are typically connected to the skin by a thin stalk and can vary in color, often matching your skin tone or slightly darker)

Sebaceous hyperplasia (small, shiny bumps on the face due to enlarged oil glands)

Angioma (cluster of small blood vessels appearing as red or purple bumps on the skin)

Seborrheic keratosis (skin growth that often appears as a raised, waxy, or scaly spot, ranging in color from tan to dark brown)

Milia extraction (small, white bumps on the skin formed when dead skin cells get trapped beneath the surface)

Reasons for Skin Tag and Benign Lesion Removal

There are several reasons why you may consider having a skin tag or benign lesion removed, including:

  • Cosmetic concerns, especially if the growth is in a visible area
  • Physical discomfort, such as itching, rubbing, or snagging on clothing
  • Suspicion of skin cancer or atypical features
  • Recurrent inflammation or irritation
  • Personal preference or peace of mind

Our experienced dermatologists will assess your skin growth and discuss your concerns and goals to determine the most appropriate course of action.

Skin Tag and Benign Lesion Removal Techniques

At Balanced Skin Dermatology and Aesthetics, we use a range of advanced techniques to remove skin tags and benign lesions, depending on the type, size, and location of the growth. These techniques include:


Cryotherapy involves freezing the skin tag or lesion with liquid nitrogen, causing it to blister and fall off. This quick, non-invasive procedure is often used for small, benign growths and typically leaves minimal scarring.


Electrosurgery uses a small electric current to heat and remove the skin tag or lesion. This method is precise, efficient, and often used for smaller growths. The treated area typically heals within a few days to weeks.

Shave Excision

Shave excision involves numbing the area with local anesthesia and using a surgical blade to remove the growth flush with the skin's surface. This technique is best suited for raised lesions and typically leaves a small, flat scar.

Surgical Excision

Surgical excision involves numbing the area and carefully cutting out the entire lesion, along with a margin of surrounding healthy skin. The wound is then closed with stitches. This method is often used for larger or deeper lesions, or those suspicious for skin cancer.

We will recommend the most appropriate removal technique based on your individual needs and the characteristics of your skin growth.

What to Expect During and After Your Procedure

Skin tag and benign lesion removal procedures are typically performed in our state-of-the-art facility and take less than an hour. Most treatments require little to no downtime, and patients can return to their normal activities immediately afterward, with some restrictions on strenuous exercise and sun exposure.

After your procedure, our team will provide detailed aftercare instructions to ensure proper healing and minimize scarring. This may include keeping the area clean and dry, applying ointment, and protecting the site from sun exposure. We will schedule follow-up appointments as needed to monitor your healing progress and discuss any necessary additional steps.

The Importance of Choosing a Board-Certified Dermatologist

While skin tags and benign lesions are typically harmless, it's crucial to have any skin growth evaluated by a board-certified dermatologist. These skilled specialists have the training and expertise to accurately diagnose and treat a wide range of skin conditions, ensuring that you receive the highest standard of care.

At Balanced Skin Dermatology and Aesthetics, our board-certified dermatologists prioritize your health, safety, and satisfaction. We use the latest, evidence-based techniques and technologies to provide you with the best possible results and peace of mind.

Why Choose Balanced Skin Dermatology and Aesthetics for Skin Tag and Benign Lesion Removal?

At Balanced Skin Dermatology and Aesthetics, our board-certified dermatologists have extensive experience in removing skin tags and benign lesions using the most advanced, minimally invasive techniques. We prioritize your comfort, safety, and satisfaction throughout your treatment journey.

Our state-of-the-art facility in Newport Beach offers a welcoming, compassionate environment where you can feel confident in the care you receive. We understand that any skin procedure can be stressful, which is why we take a personalized approach to your treatment, ensuring that you feel informed, supported, and empowered every step of the way.

Schedule Your Skin Tag or Benign Lesion Removal Consultation Today

If you have a bothersome skin tag or benign lesion, don't wait to have it evaluated and removed. Schedule your consultation with our experienced dermatologists at Balanced Skin Dermatology and Aesthetics in Newport Beach today.

Contact us to book your appointment and take the first step towards clearer, more comfortable skin and renewed self-confidence. We look forward to providing you with the highest quality care and support on your journey to optimal skin health.