Skin tags are benign growths of skin that can appear on various parts of the body. Coast Dermatology and Skin Cancer Center provides expert evaluation and safe removal of skin tags. In this article, we’ll explore the causes, evaluation, and removal of skin tags.
Causes of Skin Tags
Skin tags are benign growths that occur when extra skin cells grow in a small, hanging flap. While the exact cause of skin tags is unknown, friction and rubbing of the skin are thought to be contributing factors. Some known increased risk factors for developing skin tags include:
- Age: Skin tags are more common in middle-aged and elderly people.
- Obesity: Being overweight or obese can increase the likelihood of developing skin tags.
- Hormones: Pregnancy and hormone imbalances can cause an increase in skin tags.
- Genetics: Some people are simply more prone to developing skin tags due to their genetics.
- Human Papillomavirus (HPV) infection: In rare cases, HPV infection can lead to the development of skin tags.
It is worth noting that skin tags are not typically a sign of any serious medical condition and are usually harmless. However, if you notice any changes in your skin tags, such as growth or color changes, it is important to consult a qualified dermatologist for evaluation.
Evaluation of Skin Tags
- Consult a qualified dermatologist: If skin tags become bothersome, change in appearance, cause pain, bleed, change color or increase in size, seeing a qualified dermatologist like Coast Dermatology and Skin Cancer Center is recommended.
- Seek removal if necessary: If skin tags are in a location that is causing discomfort or embarrassment, removal is an option.
Removal of Skin Tags
- Cutting: This involves using a scalpel or sharp scissors to snip the skin tag off.
- Freezing: This method involves applying liquid nitrogen to freeze the skin and destroy the skin tag.
- Burning: An electrocautery tool is used to burn off the skin tag to remove it and avoid damaging nearby skin.
- Do not attempt at home: It’s not recommended to try to remove skin tags on your own at home. Over-the-counter treatments are often not effective and some can be harmful to your skin. Cutting off a skin tag yourself may cause bleeding, and liquid applications can burn your skin or cause scarring.
If you have skin tags that you would like to have removed, Schedule an appointment with Coast Dermatology and Skin Cancer Center today. Our dermatologists can safely evaluate and remove skin tags in our Venice dermatology office.