Skin Tags



Harmless growths that hang off the skin

They are almost always harmless, and most people experience them, but they can still require professional treatment when they become bothersome. This is usually because they occur at areas where they can rub or chafe against clothing or other skin.

The cause of skin tags isn't well known, but it's believed that regular chafing and skin-on-skin contact is a factor since skin tags most commonly occur where skin rubs against itself. It's also believed that mild forms of human papilloma virus might be associated with skin tag growth, as well as a hereditary component. Although many different people get them, they are most common in older women.

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How are Skin Tags Treated?

Skin tag removal can be performed with a quick and easy treatment session. First, the skin tag is numbed with a topical anesthetic. Then, a few different treatment options can be utilized to remove the growth. These can include:


Surgical excision

This method involves carefully cutting off the skin tag using a scalpel or scissors after numbing the area with a topical anesthetic.



Utilizing heat, electrocautery effectively burns off the skin tag. Applying controlled heat to the base of the tag, causing it to detach.



In this procedure, the skin tag is frozen with liquid nitrogen, causing it to shrivel and fall off over time.

After the skin tag is removed, the area is cleaned and prepared for a short healing phase.

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