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Skin Tag Removal Treatments

What Are Skin Tags?

You have probably seen them before, but never known they had a name. They are tiny pieces of free-hanging skin - they sometimes appear to be moles or beauty marks, due to their small size and slight discoloration. Clinical studies reveal that the incidence of having them is 50% - half of all people will suffer from one or more during their lifetime.

They usually form where skin contacts adjacent skin, or where skin rubs against clothing. Common areas include:

  • Neck
  • Underarms
  • Groin
  • Eyelid
  • Under Breasts
  • Genitals

Their appearance varies on a case-by-case basis, and no two skin tags are alike. Varying levels of discoloration may be evident, from none at all to much darker than the surrounding skin. Size ranges from that of a pinprick to (in extreme cases) that of a grape. They may be rounded with greater volume, flat and unobtrusive, or they may descend from a tiny stalk-like feature known as a peduncle. Even the surface texture can differ.

They are not associated with cancer, and the vast majority of them are completely benign. They are also not contagious in any way, unlike some varieties of warts that may appear similar. Accordingly, skin tag removal is viewed as an elective, cosmetic procedure.

Facts About Skin Tag Removal

Despite the fact that they are almost always benign, most people are eager to remove them for cosmetic reasons: they are unsightly, and may be slightly uncomfortable. Removal is a medical procedure that should be conducted by a trained professional - proper facilities, knowledgeable staff, and appropriate supervision can all help ensure that the removal is conducted safely & effectively.

There are three primary means of removal: cutting them off, using cold treatment to freeze them off, or using thermal treatment to burn them off. Which technique will prove safest & most effective is determined on a case-by-case basis, as each patient - and skin tag - is unique.

We have years of experience in removal procedures. If you have skin tags and are considering having them removed - or would simply like to know more about removal procedure - please call our offices to schedule a consultation. We will discuss all of your options and discover the solution that is right for you.

Common Skin Tag Questions

Are they dangerous?

In the overwhelming majority of cases, skin tags are benign - they are not associated with cancerous growth.

If I do nothing about them, will they keep growing bigger?

No, most are very small and maintain the same size. They can sometimes become irritated, and they are unsightly, which is why many people choose to have them removed.

I've heard of people removing them at home - is this dangerous?

Yes, potentially. Skin tag removal should only be conducted by a trained professional in a medical setting. Proper treatment by a professional will deliver the best results, and reduce the incidence of complications, including infection, excessive bleeding, and damage to nearby tissue.