Removals

North Valley Dermatology can help with the removal of warts, moles, skin tags, cysts and actinic keratosis.  We have a variety of treatment options that may be prescribed depending on the type of removal you need.

To learn more about a removal process or to schedule an appointment, please call us at (623) 215-0911.

Warts

Warts are caused by the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) and will often go away on their own after a few  years, however, many people find them uncomfortable or embarrassing and want them removed. Common wart removal procedures include Medication, Cryotherapy, Electrocautery and Laser Therapy.

Moles

Whether you were born with a mole or it has appeared over time, NVD can help with its removal. Moles are removed by cutting them away. Depending on the type of mole, the wound will then be closed either with stitches or cauterization. Since some types of moles may be indicative of skin cancer, it is good to have a dermatologist perform regular skin checks to see if there are any signs of cancerous growth.  For those of our patients requiring removal of skin cancers, we are one of only a handful of medical offices nationwide that offers the Mohs Micrographic Surgical option.

Skin Tags

Skin tags are growths that protrude from the skin, generally on a narrow stalk. While increase in skin tags has been linked to pregnancy, heredity and obesity, and irritation of the skin surface, they may also appear for no reason. Skin tags are often removed for cosmetic or comfort reasons. This is a relatively simple in office procedure that can be taken care of quickly and with minimal pain.

Cysts

Cysts are masses that occur under the skin and can grow to be quite large. They are sacs filled with fibrous tissue, keratinous (a fatty substance resembling cottage cheese), or a blood and pus mixture. If the sac is removed in its entirety, the cyst can be permanently eliminated, whereas simply draining its contents and leaving the sac intact will often result in the cyst recurring in the future. Cyst removal by a medical professional ensures the best results.

Actinic Keratosis

Actinic Keratosis (AK), are rough-textured, dry, scaly patches on the skin that are caused by excessive exposure to ultraviolet light such as sunlight. About 10% of AKs develop into squamous cell carcinoma. Since there is no way to tell which AKs might develop into cancer, it is important for people with AKs to be under a dermatologist’s care. This process begins by prepping the AK with the Levulan Karastick to help penetrate and isolate the targeted cells. The second step is the BLU-U light treatment. Reddening can occur in the treated area, however, this is generally resolved within 4 weeks of treatment.