You may be one of the many people who have developed skin tags, and may be wondering the cause and how they can be treated and/or removed. Skin tags are essentially small, soft skin growths that are actually harmless; however, they may be annoying, as they often catch on clothing or jewelry. They can appear on the eyelids, armpits, under the breasts, neck, or the groin area.
Just about everyone will develop a skin tag at some point, with middle aged and obese adults more likely to develop them. You can develop from one to several hundred depending upon your individual situation.
Skin tags often look like tiny balloons or hanging skin. They can be flesh colored or highly pigmented. They often stand out from the surrounding area on a stalk-like growth. They can be small (about the size of a pencil eraser) to large (approximately the size of a fig).
Often, people think that if a skin tag is removed, it will cause more to grow in its place. This is incorrect, as is the notion that skin tags are contagious. While most skin tags are benign, there are rare cases where they can become pre-cancerous. Should a skin tag start to bleed, grow rapidly, or become multi-colored, a biopsy should be performed to eliminate the possibility of skin cancer.
Most skin tags do not need to be removed; however, they can be removed if they are unattractive or become irritating. There are several procedures and treatments available, should you want to have a skin tag removed.
Liquid nitrogen is a method of removal where the liquid nitrogen is applied to the tag to “freeze” it, causing it to fall away. Another treatment is electric cautery. Simple removal with a scalpel or scissors is also a removal method.
Dr. Wright, medical director of Laser Lipo and Vein says, “My staff and I understand that skin tags are usually a cosmetic issue rather than a medical one.” He continues, “We I can help you treat these tags, and should you be concerned that the tag may be cancerous, we urge you to have the tag examined immediately to ensure your skin remains healthy.”
We at Laser Lipo and Vein ask you to schedule a consultation today to help remove those unsightly skin tags.