Skin Tag Removal

Skin Tag Removal

Skin tags are very common and look like small pieces of hanging skin. Although they are unsightly, they are almost always benign (i.e., not cancerous.) It is extremely rare for a skin tag to be cancerous (malignant).

Skin tags can form almost anywhere on the body where there is skin. It is very common for skin tags to form where your clothing rubs against your skin, or where your skin rubs against other skin. For example, many people develop skin tags on their neck, armpits, groin, and eyelids. Skin tags are also commonly found on women under their breasts where a bra underwire rubs against the skin. Women can also get vaginal skin tags and men can develop genital skin tags in their groin area.

Not all skin tags look the same. Some are flesh colored; others are darker than the surrounding flesh (hyperpigmented.) Some are flat; others hang off the skin by a stalk known as a peduncle. Some are wrinkled; others are smooth. Some may be as small as a pinpoint; others can grow to the size of a grape. Most are a few millimeters in diameter.

Almost 50% of the population will develop a skin tag at some point in their life. Skin tags develop as we get older, although some kids will get them on their neck or armpits. From age 30 to age 60 is the most common time they arise and increase in numbers. Though the number of skin tags a person develops may increase during this time, it is important to note that they are not contagious like some types of warts - skin tags are simply a common skin abnormality.

Skin tags are also more common in overweight individuals, perhaps because of increased skin friction or rubbing. Hormone levels may also play a part in skin tag development. Many women report that they never had skin tags until they became pregnant and skin tags do seem to be more common on pregnant women.In addition, there appears to be a genetic component to whether or not you develop skin tags. I guess it's not all that surprising that I've had skin tags before since my mom has had them too.

Is Skin Tag to be removed or not?

As I mentioned above, skin tags are very common and are not cancerous. They are also not a symptom of some larger underlying medical condition - completely healthy people develop skin tags too!

Technically, skin tags are a type of tumor (or growth) but because they are benign it is not necessary to remove them. There is no evidence to suggest that leaving a skin tag untreated results in cancer. Because they are benign and harmless, most medical insurance will not cover the removal of skin tags as it is considered an elective procedure.

Most people remove their skin tags for two reasons. The most common reason is cosmetic. People simply do not like the unsightly appearance of skin tags. The second reason is irritation. Skin tags can be a real nuisance on certain areas of the body. For example, skin tags on the neck or groin may become irritated by the constant rubbing of clothing. Vaginal skin tags can become irritated by sexual intercourse.

Skin tags are not only unsightly but can vary from being irritating to very painful. For those who suffer from this skin condition the all too common stares from strangers can be very embarrassing and often leads to low self esteem and even withdrawal. Skin tag removal is not nearly as simple as it may sound and the majority of treatments do not provide a permanent solution.

Skin tags can be very tough to remove. Even the best surgeries tend to only remove the tag itself and usually after a couple of months it just grows back. The most common method of surgically removing skin tags tends to be very ineffective long term unless the stalks are also removed. This tends to be quite deep cuts and can leave scars. Often times, multiple treatments to remove the tags can leave serious scarring.

One of the more popular methods of skin tag removal is with cryogenic treatment. This treatment uses liquid nitrogen to freeze the tags off. It can be quite effective when done by a skilled surgeon and care should be taken with this procedure as it can leave severe scarring and skin discoloration.

Burning skin tags off is one of the preferred methods that most doctors go for because it can be very accurate and reduce scarring to a minimum. Burning off large affected areas of skin can be quite an expensive operation and can be quite painful. Unfortunately this is not a permanent treatment either as the tags tend to grow back.

Natural skin tag removal probably the best solution. It's non surgical, it's safe and certain treatments have been proven to provide permanent relief from tags. The big difference between natural skin tag removal and traditional treatments is that it focuses on the root or the cause of skin tags and not just the tag itself. By getting rid of the cause of skin tags you can permanently remove the effect which is the formation of skin tags.

Regardless of which option you choose, skin tag removal is possible. It's always wise to consult with us to make sure that your tags are not cancerous (99.99% of the time it's completely harmless) before you proceed with any procedure.