You have a number of options for removing skin tags. You are not limited to having a dermatologist or doctor perform a procedure in his or her office, though you would have to decide if that's the way to go. We'll try to help clarify your choices so that you can make an informed decision.
Let's break this down. There are two approaches to consider: professional procedure and do-it-yourself methods. Before we discuss these, it is a good idea to understand a few of the basic facts. Skin tags (i.e., acrochordons) are tiny skin growths (actually, some can enlarge to the size of a grape) that hang or emerge from the skin somewhere on your body, often by a thin stalk.
Skin tags are actually more than just extra skin - they also contain nerve cells and fat cells, nerve cells, as well as various fibers and ducts encapsulated in skin. Their shape can vary greatly, as can their color, though this is usually limited to a range of flesh tomes.
Babies are free of these growths , but they can develop over time, popping up just about anywhere on the body, but usually in areas where skin creases, such as the neck, armpits and groin. A majority of human beings develop skin tags at some time in their lives. Middle age seems to be a popular timeframe fro them to emerge.
The good news about skin tags is two-fold: they are generally harmless, and they are easy to get rid of. Removing them will not generate more skin tags, but it will not keep them from developing if they are going to develop anyway.
The bad news isn't that bad, but can be, if you are not aware of your body and your skin. Any irregularly shaped or large growth on your skin should be examined by a dermatologist. Your doctor may recommend a biopsy to rule out a skin malignancy. Again, skin tags are usually benign, but that is no reason to take anything for granted. What you think is a benign skin tag could actually be a malignant mole.
There is no reason to be concerned as long as you have yourself examined regulalry. Skin cancers develop slowly and most can be treated successfully if caught in early stages.
Though largely harmless, skin tags often appear in sensitive skin areas, and can bleed and cause pain and discomfort if they are situated in areas that are regulalry shaved or where there is constant friction. They are also quite ugly and can have an adverse effect on how you look and feel about yourself.
All these factors have led people to explore skin tag removal options. Removal procedures performed by professionals can be costly as most health insurance plans will not cover what they consider to be a cosmetic procedure. That being said, if you have a troublesome skin tag in an especially sensitive area, such as on your eyelid or anywhere near your eyes, you might want to have an ophthalmologist perform the procedure to ensure no harm comes to your eye.
For most typical skin tags, a dermatologist or primary care physician can perform any of the following procedures in their office building:
- Excision is performed with a sharp instrument or scalpel, which is used to cut off the skin tag. There could be some pain and bleeding as a result.
- In Cyrotherapy liquid nitrogen is used to freeze the skin tag. This procedure is also used to remove warts and moles. Some temporary skin discoloration may result. Multiple treatments may be required to successfully have the skin tag fall off.
- Electric currents are used in the Cauterization treatment to burn off the skin tag. Special care must be taken to prevent burning the surrounding skin tissue.
Increasing numbers of people are investigating home remedies they can perform safely at home, saving themselves visits to the doctor's office and some money as well. With a little research you should be able to find a home remedy that works for you.