What are Skin Tags?
Skin tags are a common, benign condition that consists of a bit of skin those projects from the surrounding skin. Medical terms for skin tags include acrochordon and cutaneous papilloma. Skin tags may be smooth or irregular, flesh colored or more deeply pigmented, and simply raised above the surrounding skin or connected to the skin by a narrow stalk (a peduncle) so that the skin tag hangs from the skin. They commonly appear around the eyelids, neck, groin, underarms, and under the breasts. They are usually painless, but may become irritated and itch.
How are Skin Tags removed?
Depending on the size of the skin tags, they may be shaved off with a scalpel or scissors, or removed with hyfrecation (destroying the tag with small electrical pulses). An antibacterial ointment is applied and the site is covered with a small bandage. Alternate methods of removal include cryosurgery (freezing with liquid nitrogen).
What Results Can You Expect?
Once removed, skin tags will not grow back. However, most people who have skin tags will develop more of them as time progresses and the new skin tags may develop in the same area from which the original growths were removed.
How Many Treatments Do You Need?
A single treatment will permanently remove the skin tag. If you have a large number of skin tags, you may want to have them removed over two or more sessions.
Things You Should Know
Swelling, bleeding, and infection at the treatment sites may occur. This procedure does not normally produce scars but may leave small light or dark spots that fade with time.