Skin Tags

Skin tags are very common, benign skin growths that can appear anywhere on the body.

What are Skin Tags?

Skin tags are growths made up of blood vessels and collagen fibres, and are commonly found in areas where skin chafing is common such as the underarm, groin, thighs, and neck. The exact cause of skin tags is unknown, but genetics are a common factor, as is age; you’re more likely to experience them if you have a family history or are over the age of 50. While skin tags are harmless, many patients explore skin tag removal options for cosmetic reasons, or if they become irritated.

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Symptoms of Skin Tags

Skin tags can occur individually or in clusters, range in size and colour, and while they’re not dangerous or painful, they can become irritated and inflamed.

Luckily, skin tag removal is safe, effective and easy when performed by a specialized dermatologist; you should never attempt to remove skin tags at home. A thorough consultation with Dr. Geeta Yadav at Skin Science Dermatology will allow us to assess your skin’s condition, and determine the most effective skin tag removal options for you.

Skin Tag Treatment Options

Cryotherapy is a quick, in-office procedure that uses extreme cold to rapidly destroy skin tags. Liquid nitrogen is sprayed directly onto targeted skin lesions, freezing them and causing them to slough off while leaving the surrounding area unaffected to minimize the risk of scarring. Learn More

Electrocautery

Following application of a local or topical anesthetic, electrocautery uses light electrical current to heat the skin and destroy the skin tag in question. Because this procedure only affects the outermost layers of the skin, the treatment typically does not leave a scar.

Snip Excision

Using a scalpel or surgical scissors, snip excision can be used to safely cut a skin tag away from the body. This procedure doesn’t usually require anesthesia, but if you’re having a large skin tag, or multiple skin tags removed, local or topical anesthesia may be applied.

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