Microdermabrasion or Dermabrasion over Skin Tags?

Can one have Microdermabrasion or regular Dermabrasion over moles, milia or skin tags? Is it safe?

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Doing procedures over skin tags

There is no problem performing microdermabrasion or other procedures over skin tags. The main issue is that there may be some discomfort, and even potentially a little bleeding. Ideally, I'd remove those moles or skin tags first, let things heal over, and after about 1 month, go ahead with your procedures. ~ Dr. Benjamin Barankin, Toronto Dermatology Centre.

Toronto Dermatologic Surgeon
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Microdermabrasion or Dermabrasion not recommended for moles or skin tags

These conditions should typically not contraindicate the procedures of microdermabrasion or dermabrasion. However, they are not the recommended treatments for milia, moles or skin tags. You should have these managed separately starting with the establishment of the correct diagnosis. I would advise you consult a board certified dermatologist.

Sanusi Umar, MD
Redondo Beach Dermatologic Surgeon
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Moles, Milia, and skin tags

Neither dermabrasion, nor microdermabrasion are standard approaches for these conditions. It is best for a dermatologist to examine the patient and decide what treatment approach to use, if any. Possibilities are excision, or electrsurgery for the skin tags. Moles can be left alone or excised if needed. Milia can usually be incised or extracted.

Khaled El-Hoshy, MD
Detroit Dermatologic Surgeon

Get the moles, milia and tags removed FIRST

Microdermabrasion will brighten the color and smooth the texture of your skin but no one will notice if you have all these growths and imperfections of your face. The milia need extraction, the "moles" may need to be shave excised or cauterized depending on what they really are, and the tags can be snipped or burned. Then the benefits of microdermabrasion can be appreciated, so go see your dermatologist.

Mary P. Lupo, MD
New Orleans Dermatologist
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Microdermabrasion or Dermabrasion over skin tages, moles or milia.

Generally you may do this over milia but it may create more. However, microdermabrasion and dermabrasion are generally not advised over skin tags and moles. While it is not dangerous, there are better treatments for these conditions. Moles may recur and the possibilty of an underlying malignancy may be missed or obscurred.

Otto Joseph Placik, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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