A skin tag is a benign growth that consists of a small flap of skin attached to the body by a stalk. They most commonly appear in the groin area, under the breasts, in the armpits or on the back, chest or neck. Older people and women, especially heavy women, are most likely to develop skin tags. While skin tags are typically painless, they can become irritated if they develop in a place where something like clothing or jewelry often rubs against them. As such, many people seek skin tag removal at our office.
Having Your Skin Tags Treated by a Dermatologist
There are several reasons for seeing Dr. Rao and his team for skin tag removal. First off, it is simply safer than trying to remove them at home. Our team can provide the proper tools, a sterile environment and the best techniques. They can, therefore, remove the skin tags in a way that reduces the risk of infection or excessive bleeding. Skin tags also sometimes grow on places in which attempts at self-care can be very dangerous, like the eyelid.
Our dermatologist can also determine the cause of the skin tags. In many cases, skin tags are idiopathic or have no known cause. In other cases, they have been linked to conditions like diabetes or human papilloma virus (HPV). Skin tags can also indicate hormonal or endocrine system disorders like polycystic ovary syndrome or acromegaly.
Finally, skin tags can sometimes be confused with other types of small growths on the skin. Skin tags can sometimes be mistaken for warts, moles or other growths, and the reverse is true. Some serious skin conditions like skin cancer can mimic the appearance of skin tags. Our experienced dermatologist can correctly diagnose the growth and then recommend the best and safest treatment.
Options for Skin Tag Removal
Our team will choose any of a few different techniques to remove a skin tag. These techniques include the following:
- Using a sharp instrument like scissors to remove it
- Using an electric current to remove it
- Using liquid nitrogen to freeze it off
The technique chosen can depend on the size, location and number of skin tags, amongst other things.
Ensuring a Successful Treatment Outcome
When you opt for skin tag removal at Rao Dermatology, you can be sure that you are in the best of hands. To learn more about which removal method is right for you, make an appointment at our office in Manhattan, Atlantic Highlands, Woodbridge, Fresno or Hanford. Contact us today to schedule a consultation to learn more.