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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.

How does skin tag removal work?

We offer various options, depending upon the size and type of skin tag. The first step is to come to our Studio City MedSpa and allow us to evaluate your condition, then we can advise you about what treatment will help you the most.

Our goal is to remove the skin tag quickly, effectively, and to restore the smooth, unblemished look that is always appealing. All our treatments are performed with the greatest of care so that the removal is free from pain and effective, and a focus on helping our clients avoid visible scars after the skin tag is removed.

Is skin tag removal painful?

When performing skin tag removal, we do all we can to make the process fast, comfortable, and pain-free. Typically, there is little to no pain, and the process requires only a few minutes of your time.

Will I have a scar after a skin tag is removed?

The last thing you want after removing a skin tag is to be left with a visible scar. We use the most advanced, FDA-approved systems to remove skin tags and restore the smooth, unblemished look that is associated with youth and good health.

Why do skin tags develop?

Various physical issues can lead to developing skin tags. They often develop as a result of pregnancy, or the constant rubbing of skin on skin on a certain area. Diabetes or excess weight (often going hand in hand) may be the reason many people develop skin tags, but they can appear on anyone. The friction of skin rubbing on skin can lead to skin tags within the natural folds.

Will the skin tag return after having it removed?

No, the skin tag will be gone forever, but your body could potentially develop others in the same area as time passes. As they appear, they can be removed safely and effectively.

Why do skin tags appear during pregnancy?

During pregnancy, your body is undergoing a significant hormonal change. It is believed that these small, unsightly bumps are the result of hormone fluctuations. They often appear on the groin in pregnant women. They often look like small warts – but they are not warts. Other areas in which they pop up in pregnant women include the neck, armpits, beneath the breasts, or in the genital area. They are not dangerous and can be safely removed by our skill technicians at MyBotoxLA in Studio City.

What causes skin tags?

It is believed that these unsightly bumps are the result of a hyperactive growth of the top layer of skin.

Will wart remover work on skin tags?

It is never advised that you try to treat skin tags at home, whether with wart remover or other OTC product. The first step is to have a professional evaluate the skin tag and choose the removal treatment that will work for that body area and size of the skin flaw. You do not want to be left with an unsightly scar or create a painful irritation or infection that will require medical treatment to resolve.

Are skin tags hereditary?

Some people have inherited a tendency to develop skin tags, and there is little that can be done about what nature gave you – but you don’t have to live with it. Every time you see one of these unsightly bumps or protrusions appear, simply give us a call and we can help you restore a smooth, even look to your skin, whether on the face or body.

What does a skin tag look like?

A skin tag is a small, protruding tag of skin, often on a “stalk.” They appear to be a hanging little tab of skin, often in the armpit or other area of the body where the skin is continually rubbing together, but they can appear on any area of the body.