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.
Where do Skin Tags Appear
Where are skin tags most commonly found?
Skin tags are located in the following areas:
Underneath breasts on men or women
On the back
Under the folds of skin in bottom or stomach 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.
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.