If you are self-conscious regarding an unsightly skin tag, getting rid of it is a lot easier than you might think. There is no reason to keep unwanted skin blemishes. Skin tags are growths that are found on the skin. Most people do not know what skin tags are. Here is a brief overview of skin tags.
A skin tag is a small pouch of hanging skin that is attached to the underlying skin by means of a very thin piece of skin. Skin tags are not present at birth because skin tags mostly develop as a result of friction due to clothes rubbing against the skin. It can also be found in areas where there is skin-to-skin friction and is more common in overweight individuals.
You might notice skin tags in areas like underarms, near the upper eyelids, and the folds in the groin. Some people have a genetic predisposition when it comes to skin tags. Skin tags are benign and are not known to be indicative of underlying conditions like cancer.
Diagnosing a skin tag
It is important to differentiate a skin tag from other skin lesions like warts and moles. Dr. Kia can help you with your consultations, and you can approach him without any hesitation. He is dedicated to providing high-quality care for his patients. A skin tag is usually identified by its external appearance. Your doctor may excise it if you feel that you need to get rid of the skin tag. Otherwise, no course of treatment is prescribed since a skin tag is very rarely indicative of cancer.
How are skin tags removed?
In most cases, doctors remove skin tags only if they are causing extreme discomfort for the patient. Removing a skin tag is a relatively simple procedure and is complete within 20 minutes or so. A patient can return to their normal routine within 24 hours of the removal barring any complications.
Smaller skin tags are excised without anesthesia. However, in the case of larger skin tags, your doctor may use a topical numbing agent. Typically, a skin tag is removed by cutting it using surgical blades. Sometimes, dermatologist prefers to use liquid nitrogen to freeze the skin tag and then remove it. The last method is cauterizing or burning the skin tag.
Skin tag removal may be followed by a normal follow-up at the doctor’s office. For people who have a genetic predisposition to developing skin tags, it may reappear even after removal.