Skin tags removal

What cause skin tags?

Skin tags are soft, noncancerous growths that usually form within the skin folds of the neck, armpits, breasts, groin area, and eyelids. These growths are loose collagen fibers that become lodged inside thicker areas of the skin.

Skin tags are also extremely common, affecting almost half of the population. They’re also more common among older adults, people with overweight, and people with diabetes.

Skin tags are also a common side effect of pregnancy. This may be due to pregnancy hormones and weight gain. In rare cases, multiple skin tags can be a sign of a hormone imbalance or an endocrine problem.

There may be a genetic connection as well. It isn’t unusual for multiple family members to have them. But skin tags are not contagious.
These skin lesions are usually harmless, but they can be painful when snagged by jewelry or clothing. If these growths are bothersome, relief is available.

How to remove skin tags?

The Carbon Dioxide (CO2) laser ablates the surface of the lesion skin tags to leave it flush with the skin's surface. The main advantage of laser skin tags removal is the outstanding cosmetic outcome and quick healing time. Compared to excision (cutting out) which leaves an obvious scar, most patients find the scar is barely noticeable after CO2 laser treatment.

The treatment area may be numbed prior with a topical numbing cream and/or injectable lidocaine

Can skin tags become malignant?

Other skin conditions like warts and moles can resemble skin tags. Since some moles may be cancerous, it’s best to have your skin tags examined by an experienced Dermatologist.

Most skin tags are noncancerous growths, but if yours is atypical or looks suspicious, our Dermatologist at Radiance Skin Clinic may perform a biopsy as a precaution.

Removal aftercare tips

Infections and complications don’t usually occur with skin tag removal. After removal, some people develop the discoloration, which may slowly disappear over time.

Apply antibiotic ointment to the affected area and keep the wound dry for at least 24 hours and then gently wash the area with soap and water.

You may ask to schedule a follow-up appointment to check the wound.

Please consult our dermatologist at Radiance Skin Clinic.

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