What are Skin Tags?
Skin tags are small, harmless benign growths. They can occur anywhere on the skin but are most commonly located in areas where the skin folds such as the groin, armpits, neck, and under the breasts. While they are not dangerous, skin tags can be uncomfortable and annoying.
Skin tags can be identified by the following characteristics:
- Usually a few millimeters in size.
- Soft to the touch.
- Hang off of the skin by a small stalk called a peduncle.
- May be smooth, wrinkly, or resemble a grain of rice.
Skin Tag Treatment Options
While skin tags may fall off on their own, they can be removed using a number of techniques. In most cases, injected anesthesia is not necessary to remove skin tags. What is important is assessment based on the size of the skin tag, your skin sensitivity and skin type to ensure that removal is as seamless as possible without leaving any secondary effects or skin damage.
Cryotherapy: Freezing the skin tag off with liquid nitrogen.
Electrosurgery: Eliminating the skin tag with high-frequency electrical energy.
Surgical Removal: Removing the skin tag with a scalpel or scissors.
It is important that you do not try to remove skin tags on your own, as this may lead to bleeding, scarring, skin irritation, or infection. If you are unhappy with or bothered by a skin tag, be sure to arrange an appointment at DermAtelier on Avenue to be assessed in-person to determine your best and safest treatment option.
Who is a Good Candidate for Skin Tag Treatment?
While skin tags are not a cause for concern, they can be irritating and stubborn. While anyone can get skin tags, you may be at a greater risk if you are overweight, pregnant, or have family members with skin tags. If you are bothered by skin tags and would like to remove them, you can benefit from skin tag treatment. Please contact our office today to schedule your consultation appointment with board-certified dermatologist Dr. Beach to determine which skin tag removal method is best for you.
What to Expect After Skin Tag Treatment?
Following skin tag removal, there is little to no downtime required. Dr. Beach will instruct you on how to properly care for your skin tag removal site, which may include gently washing the area with soap and water. You may also need to schedule a follow-up appointment to check the site and ensure that no other sites require removal.
Contact Us Today
If you are bothered by a skin tag or multiple skin tags, contact DermAtelier on Avenue today to learn more about your skin tag treatment options. We will be happy to schedule your consultation with Dr. Beach, during which you will be able to discuss treatment options as well as go over any questions that you may have.
Frequently Asked Questions
How does Tea Tree Oil remove skin tags?
No, it does not remove skin tags because it cannot sever the base of them.
How long do skin tags last?
They last for an indefinite amount of time.
How long does it take for Compound W to remove a skin tag?
This is not an advised method of skin tag removal.
How long until skin tags fall off after freezing?
This may take a few days.
What are skin tags caused by?
They may be hereditary or cause by friction/ rubbing of tissue at a site like the neck or armpits
What causes skin tags around eyes?
This is generally a hereditary feature.
What does a skin tag look like?
They look like small brown, black or skin coloured bumps sticking out of the skin by the neck or armpits primarily.
Why do I suddenly have skin tags on my neck?
This is probably an inherited feature.
Why am I suddenly getting lots of skin tags?
They may have been small or unnoticed earlier and now that they are larger, they appear to be more sudden in onset.
When should I worry about a skin tag?
If the skin tag is annoying or constantly rubbing against the body, consider having it assessed with your doctor.
What is the difference between a mole and a skin tag?
A mole is found anywhere on the body and is made of nevus cells. A skin tag is usually at the neck or around the armpits and do not have nevus cells.
What does it mean when a skin tag hurts?
It could mean that it was rubbed by clothing. It could also be close to a superficial nerve that transmits pain.
Should I be worried about skin tags?
They are generally not something to be worried about once they are diagnosed as skin tags. If you are unsure whether something is a skin tag, have it assessed with your doctor.
Is removal of skin tags covered by insurance?
No, it is not an insured procedure since it is elective/ considered cosmetic and optional.
Is it a hemorrhoid or skin tag?
A hemorrhoid is not a skin tag, but the 2 can look similar sometimes
How much does it cost to remove skin tags?
The cost may range from $100 to several hundred dollars depending on the site and method of removal