Skin tags often occur in very inconvenient places like under your arms, on your eyelids, or in skin folds. At The Dermatology Center of Worcester, in Worcester, Massachusetts, the team of cosmetic and medical dermatology experts offers skin tag removal conveniently in the office. Cryotherapy and other methods can quickly eliminate your skin tags, so call the office or use the online booking link to schedule a visit now.
Skin tags are small noncancerous skin growths. They may vary in appearance but are usually flesh-colored flaps or threads of skin attached to your body by a thin stem.
Most skin tags are tiny, but they can grow fairly large, sometimes larger than an inch wide. Sometimes they may look similar to warts.
Skin tags usually appear in places where your skin rubs together. This includes areas like the underarms, the groin, the neck, under the breasts, and on the eyelids.
The cause of skin tags isn’t known at this time, but they’re more common as you age. They’re most common in people who struggle with extra weight and in people with Type 2 diabetes.
You might need skin tag removal for a couple of reasons. Although skin tags won’t cause physical harm, they can be embarrassing. Many people also find that skin tags can make it hard to shave or perform other personal hygiene comfortably. Skin tag removal neatly solves both of these issues during an outpatient visit to The Dermatology Center of Worcester.
The skin tag removal process is generally similar to that of wart removal. The main options are:
Cryotherapy is a topical treatment in which a solution freezes the skin tag. This kills the extra skin, and it will eventually wither and fall off.
Cauterization is the process of applying direct heat to the skin tag. This burns and kills the extra tissue so that it shrinks and falls off.
Some skin tags may require surgical removal, an in-office procedure with local anesthesia.
Never try to remove a skin tag on your own. Trying to scrape, pull, or razor a skin tag off at home can lead to major bleeding, infection, and scarring. The team at The Dermatology Center of Worcester can remove your skin tag safely and leave little-to-no traces of it long-term.
If you have irritating skin tags, The Dermatology Center of Worcester can treat you quickly in the office. To get expert help, call the office or click on the online appointment maker to schedule your visit today.