Your dermatologist will also discuss with you the best and safest treatment options should you choose to have them removed. Some of these treatments are considered cosmetic and not covered by OHIP, while others are covered by OHIP or by private (work) insurance. For optimal results, make sure that only a dermatologist (a true skin expert with extensive training) treats or removes your skin lesions.
Many different growths occur normally on the skin. Mole Removal should be decided by a Dermatologist, a skin care specialist and expert, to ensure a correct diagnosis. A Dermatologist is a medical doctor who has undergone additional extensive training in the study of diseases of the skin (5 years), and has successfully passed the Dermatology Specialty examinations of the Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Canada. Our Dermatologists at the Toronto Dermatology Centre will assess your skin growths and discuss with you whether they are safe or potentially dangerous.
Moles (nevi) are growths that commonly occur and are usually brown or flesh-coloured and can be flat or elevated. A mole removal can be done by your dermatologist using a variety of surgical techniques, depending on the size and location. If you notice a change in a mole or if a mole looks unusual (e.g. not symmetric, irregular borders, very dark colour or multiple colours, or > 6mm in size), it could be dangerous (e.g. melanoma) and it must be examined and/or tested by a Dermatologist.
Having your mole removed at a salon or spa, or trying to remove it at home is a big mistake and we have seen several disfiguring and even worse outcomes as a result. For the best results and safety in mole removal, trust our experienced dermatologists.
Skin tags are benign, fleshy skin growths that are brown or flesh-coloured and occur in warm, moist areas where clothing usually rubs, such as around the neck, underarms, breasts and groin areas; occasionally they are also found around the eyes.
Skin tags become increasingly common with age, are more common if there is a family history of them, and are more common with weight gain, diabetes and pregnancy. Skin tags are often numerous and catch on clothing or jewelry and can be removed easily and safely by your dermatologist using a variety of techniques (e.g. laser, electrosurgery, or excision depending on size & location & skin type). Home or self- skin tag removal is not advised as we have observed scarring, infections, significant pain and generally poor results. For skin tag removal in Toronto, trust our experienced dermatologists.
Before & immediately after removal of large skin tag
Seborrheic Keratoses (SKs) are brown or black raised spots or wart-like growths look like they were stuck on the skin surface. There may be just one growth or many which occur in clusters.
Seborrheic Keratoses are not cancerous and not contagious. They may be unsightly, and many patients request their removal. Creams, ointments, or other medication can neither treat nor prevent seborrheic keratoses.
Seborrheic keratoses can be safely and easily removed by a dermatologist through such techniques as laser, cryosurgery, curettage, or electrosurgery. Depending on the technique and size and thickness of the lesion, 1-4 treatment sessions with your dermatologist are typically required to clear these lesions, though new lesions will continue to appear with age and as a result of genetics. Sun is not a factor in the development of seborrheic keratoses.
Before & after removal of seborrheic keratosis
“Age Spots” or “Liver Spots”
These flat, brown areas are called lentigines. In fact liver spots have nothing to do with the liver (though they are the colour of our liver) – they are caused by the sun as well as the aging process, and usually appear on the face, hands, back and feet.
Age spots are generally harmless. They may look like melanoma and therefore may require evaluation. Commercial “fade” creams will not make lentigines disappear. To remove age spots or brown spots, trust our experienced Toronto dermatologists.
Liquid nitrogen cryotherapy and laser therapies can help fade these spots. 1-4 treatment sessions by your dermatologist are typically required to clear age spots, though new lesions will continue to appear with age over time.
Before & after removal of age spots
Cherry Angiomas are harmless, small, bright red raised bumps created by dilated blood vessels. They occur in more than 85 percent of middle-aged and elderly people, usually on the trunk.
Electrocautery, laser (e.g. Excel-V), or other surgical therapies safely and effectively remove cherry angiomas. 1-2 treatment sessions by your dermatologist are often needed to clear these lesions, though new lesions will continue to appear with age.
Broken Capillaries or Telangiectasia
These dilated facial blood vessels may be related to sun damage. They respond to the same treatments as other broken blood vessels (angiomas).
2-6 electrocautery or laser treatment (e.g. Excel-V) sessions with your dermatologist are typically required to clear these lesions. Trust our experienced Toronto dermatologists for a safe and effective treatment for your broken blood vessels.
For the assessment and removal of any skin lesion, trust the true skin experts – dermatologists. Our Toronto dermatologists are happy to assess any skin lesion and provide education and counselling (e.g. is the lesion benign or malignant? might it go away on its own? the cause and prevention of future lesions), as well as a variety of treatment options to work within your budget. Treatment of some skin lesions may be covered by the provincial OHIP plan or by private (e.g. work) insurance.
If you have any benign lesions, a referral from a doctor is not required for assessment. Contact us today.
Toronto Dermatology Centre is located in Toronto, Ontario, and serves men and women in North York, Vaughan, Richmond Hill, York, Aurora, Thornhill, Mississauga, Scarborough, Brampton, Etobicoke, Pickering, Peterborough, Guelph, Kitchener, Oakville, Barrie and all of Greater Toronto (GTA).