Ever since I turned 40 years old, I have made an annual appointment with a doctor of Dermatology to check for moles and other extraneous growths on my aging body. I had no idea how many spots and growths would occur as I got older. I guess I cared more, though, about having skin cancer than the look of any small growth.
However, what I had gotten used to was the Dermatologist noticing plenty of new growths each year. He would gently suggest I get some frozen off. The nurse or the technician or doctor would hold a small metal gizmo to the growth, freezing the suspicious color or mole. The skin would die then scab over and, eventually (usually within a few weeks) whatever had been there (a strange mole, skin tag, or wart) would be gone.
Recently, I had a friend ask me to look for wart removal medicine at the drug store on one of my frequent trips to the pharmacy. Something very new appeared on the shelf near the wart removal regulars of Tag-away and Compound W, two liquids that would turn white on the surface of the skin and eventually destroy the skin structure on and around the wart or skin tag.
Now several companies have introduced a freezing machine that includes a can that actually can remove skin tags, warts, and moles like the doctors do. I believe the companies each have included waivers to release them from any legal ramifications if a cancer is found.
I was very interested in the product, so I helped my friend remove two rather large skin tags or warts. Neither 0f us was sure what the growths were, but each was sure it wasn’t cancer as the growths had been there for years and had been the same size, color and shape.
We simply depressed the top of the can as a freezing vapor was emitted onto a small metal nub that is the size of a pen tip at the top of the can. The instructions say to hold that same nub onto the growth for 3-5 seconds. You can literally see the skin tag getting smaller in moments. However, even though the growth got smaller, it took my friend three applications to get rid of a rather large skin tag, with each treatment getting a little more aggressive, as she wasn’t sure how hard to press or how long to press the can’s nub to the tag. Nonetheless, the tag or wart is now removed for the price of less than $20. There is still 15 more treatments in the can.
In my estimation this is a very good product to have as we all get older.