Moles and other birthmarks are benign pigmented spots or patches of skin that range in color from tan, brown and black (moles) to red, pink or purple (vascular lesions, such as strawberry hemangiomas or port wine stains). Though most birthmarks are harmless, some can develop into cancer or become increasingly troublesome over time. The Skin Institute can help you determine the safety of a mole or birthmark, or help you with cosmetic removal as well.
There are various ways to remove birthmarks, depending on its type. For example, a birthmark composed of blood vessels needs a completely different treatment than a birthmark composed of pigmented cells (mole) or oil glands.
Moles are the most common growths in humans. They can be present at birth or are acquired throughout life. Certain types of moles carry a risk for developing into malignant melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer.
While skin tags are usually harmless they can cause irritation. When they do they can easily be removed.