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Why See a Dermatologist for Skin Tag Removals

Why See a Dermatologist for Skin Tag Removals

Skin tags are usually caused by friction of the surrounding area in adults. They are actually benign tumors that cause little to no harm. Children rarely have skin tags. They appear as small cylindrical shapes of soft skin, often in the same color as the rest of your skin or somewhat brown in color. When they first form, they appear as a tiny circular growth. They can expand with a maximum size of 2 inches in length and look more like a stem of skin.

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Where do Skin Tags Appear

Where are skin tags most commonly found?

Skin tags are located in the following areas:

Under arms

Underneath breasts on men or women

On the back

On eyelids

Under the folds of skin in bottom or stomach area

Groin area


Why should  you have skin tags removed?

Having skin tags removed is an optional cosmetic procedure. Dermatology patients have them removed because they don’t like the way they look on the body. Skin tags can also cause jewelry or clothing to catch on the skin and pull the tag causing discomfort, pain, and sometimes bleeding, if it actually tears. Some patients have tags removed to help them with being able to shave armpit and facial areas. Working around skin tags with a razor is a challenge. When one is cut with a razor excessive bleeding may occur, as may infection. Tag removal may not be covered by insurance. Insurance carriers are more likely to cover the cost of removal in situations where the patient is experiencing bleeding, pain, or irritation.

Should I remove my skin tags at home?

No. While there are many home remedies you may find on the web, the safest and best solution is to see a dermatologist. Many dermatologists offer Telehealth appointments where patients can easily show the doctor the tags on the skin and make a subsequent appointment for removal.

Dermatologist Removal

How are skin tags removed by a dermatologist?

Dermatologists often use one of the following methods of removal:

  • Cutting off the tag with a scalpel
  • Freezing with cryosurgery using liquid nitrogen
  • Burning it off by using an electric current to heat and burn the part of the skin that attaches the tag to the base of the skin. The benefit of this process is that it reduces or prevents bleeding.

Does it hurt?

Yes, the surgical removal of the tag can be painful. That is why the physician numbs the area prior to the procedure. In the event the tag starts bleeding, the doctor will likely apply a medication and then a bandage and pressure.

All methods offered by your dermatologist can be discussed during the Telehealth or office examination and evaluation.

If you have skin tags you would like to discuss with a dermatologist in Florida, call Suncoast Skin Solutions, Florida’s Most Trusted Dermatology. Each of our office locations has a dermatologist on site to evaluate your skin and perform an exam. Please call our dermatology locator for more information or to schedule an appointment at 813.321.1786.

How to Tell If You Are Sunburned

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A patient recently made a Telehealth appointment with us to talk about some excessive exposure to the sun her 5-year-old experienced at Clearwater Beach. This parent used broad spectrum sunscreen on the child, yet the family was out in the ocean from 10 am to 2 pm, when UV rays are often the strongest. The parent did not reapply sunscreen during this time. Redness appeared around 5:00 p.m. on the facial area, neck and shoulders. The child complained about the areas of the skin hurting and feeling hot. The parent showed the dermatologist the child’s face and shoulders and asked the following question:

How can I tell whether or not you are sunburned?

If the skin shows signs of inflammation and turns red or blisters, a sunburn likely occurred.

In this case, the doctors closely evaluated the skin and confirmed a burn resulted from too much exposure to UV rays.

To obtain sunburn relief for this child, the dermatologist recommended the following:

  • Take a bath with cold water. A shower is fine too, yet the force of the water may be painful on the skin.
  • Apply a dermatologist-recommended moisturizer. We recommended two different ones.
  • Be sure to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water. If possible, drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day.
  • Avoid the sun at least until the burn heals. If you do have to go outdoors, stay in the shade, and use broad spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher
  • Wear loose-fitting clothing until healing occurs

The next question the parent asked:

Is there any treatment we can do to prevent skin cancer after a sunburn?

No. Once the skin is sunburned, the damage has already occurred. This damage cannot be reversed.

According to The Skin Cancer Foundation, sunburn is a leading cause of skin cancer. In fact, getting burned 5 times in your lifetime doubles your risk of developing melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer. If you experience one serious sunburn with blistering, this also doubles your risk of being diagnosed with melanoma.

How do I prevent sunburns?

This is easy. Some tips we recommend:

Practice sun safety measures.

Stay out of the sun when the UV index is high. Stay indoors or seek shady areas.

Use broad spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher. Reapply if active, sweating, or swimming every 80 minutes or more frequently.

Wear sun-protective clothing. Consider a hat to protect the face and neck, especially for children and infants.

Remember to protect your eyes with sunglasses that cover your entire eye area and block 100% of UVA and UVB rays.

In the event you or a family member experiences a sunburn, make a Telehealth appointment with a dermatologist at Suncoast Skin Solutions, Florida’s Most Trusted Dermatology. Each of our office locations has a dermatologist on site to evaluate your skin and perform an exam. Please call for details.