What are skin tags?
Skin tags are small lesions which look like a smooth piece of hanging skin. They usually occur on the neck, armpits, under breasts, or groin area. Skin tags can become irritated or infected if they are constantly rubbed against clothing or body parts. The causes for skin tags may be genetic components, obesity, hormonal issues, and aging. They are also more common in adults who have diabetes or who are pregnant.
Skin tags can be removed by a dermatologist.
What are the possible causes of a skin tag?
There are many causes for skin tags. The most common reason is heredity, meaning that the person has a genetic predisposition to developing them. If you have diabetes, you may develop lesions on your body due to your blood sugar levels being out of control. Hormonal issues can also lead to having multiple skin tags. Finally, if you age and become older, your skin will be more likely to develop lesions due to the natural aging process.
What are the risks of at-home skin tag removal?
If you decide to try removing skin tags yourself, you should be aware that your skin tags could become irritated or infected.
If you notice anything abnormal about your skin tags such as discoloration, itching, or swelling, it is time to see a doctor. You should also visit your dermatologist if you notice any changes in the skin tag.
What is the surgical procedure to get rid of skin tags?
The most common method for removing skin tags is through cryotherapy where liquid nitrogen is applied to the area of the tag. This kills the cells of the tag which will fall off on its own. Sterile scissors can also be used to snip off the skin tag after the skin is anesthetized.
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If you notice any changes in your skin tag, it is prudent to see your dermatologist as soon as possible. The dermatologists at Arlington Dermatology in Arlington, Virginia can address any of your skin tag concerns. Contact us today and get started!