Skin tags often show up out of nowhere. Even though they are harmless and often painless, they are more annoying to look at. Skin tags become a reason for embarrassment for many people especially for those that have visible skin tags. And though the cause of skin tag is not always known, skin tag treatment is readily available.
Facts on skin tags:
Here are some facts on skin tags:
Skin tags commonly develop in folds or creases of the skin
They are harmless tumors of the skin
Skin tags don’t cause any problem, but they are usually removed for cosmetic or aesthetic reasons.
Skin tag treatment options include cryotherapy, excision, and over the counter (OTC) therapies
What are skin tags?
First of all, skin tags are not harmful and also show no signs or symptoms. These are also known as fibroepithelial polyps, acrochordons, soft fibromas and cutaneous tags which can pop out from a thin stalk of skin and hang off the skin. These are usually skin-colored growths, even though some skin tags are darker in color.
Skin tags are a common problem in both men and women. These are typically small in size and measured in millimeters. However, they can also grow up to an inch
and develop without causing any pain. But once formed, they don’t usually grow any bigger. These skin tags can appear anywhere on the body but are most commonly found on the neck, face, chin, eyelids, thighs, the groin area and in the armpits. A person can develop one or two or many, and they can be in a group or in isolated spots.
Here are some common treatments available:
Surgical removal: Removing the skin tag with scissors or a scalpel.
Cryotherapy: Freezing the skin tag with liquid nitrogen.
Ligation: Getting rid of the skin tag by tying it with a surgical thread to cut off its blood flow.
Electrosurgery: Burning off the skin tag with high-frequency electrical energy.
Getting skin tags removed usually don’t need anesthesia. Your doctor might use local anesthesia when treating multiple skin tags.