Skin Tag Removal
Skin tags are annoying little pieces of skin that seem to grow out of nowhere, for no apparent reason. They’re made of blood vessels and collagen, and covered in flesh-colored skin. Friction may be the main source, since they are more prevalent in people with extra folds of skin on their bodies. Seniors often get them due to years of rubbing. No matter how you get them, they can be uncomfortable and unsightly. Fortunately, removing skin tags is an easy, simple process that takes minutes when done right by your dermatologist at Century Medical and Dental Center. Call for an appointment today.
Skin tags are extra pieces of skin that can appear on different parts of your body, most often on the neck, armpits, eyelids or groin. These common growths may stick out on a tiny stalk, and they’re usually flesh-colored or slightly darker. They’re more common in people who have diabetes or are overweight, although they may also be related to the aging process.
Clinically called acrochordons, skin tags are almost always harmless. If you have one or more of these fleshy pieces of skin on your body, you may want to consider skin tag removal for cosmetic reasons. Consult the Brooklyn medical professionals at Century Medical and Dental Center whenever you have growths on your skin, as well as any change in the color or appearance of your skin to make sure you obtain an accurate diagnosis.
Why Have Skin Tags Removed?
Skin tags are non-cancerous growths, and they usually don’t get any larger or change color after they’ve formed. They’re usually painless but may get caught in or irritated by zippers, clothing or jewelry. They may be located in folds of your skin that become irritated or inflamed.
If you feel that skin tags are irritating, you can do something about them. They detract from your appearance, especially if they’re in a noticeable place such as on your eyelid. If skin tags are causing you to feel self-conscious, you’ll find skin tag removal to be a quick procedure that causes minimal discomfort.
Options for Skin Tag Removal
There are a few different options for skin tag removal that can be done with minimal recovery time and little or no scarring. A local anesthetic may be used if necessary. Removal options include:
- Freezing. Also known as cryotherapy, this method uses liquid nitrogen to freeze the skin tag so that it will fall off after several days. You feel little or no discomfort, certainly nothing that over-the-counter pain relievers can’t handle.
- Burning. Burning through the stalk of the skin tag can remove it from your skin while preventing bleeding. Rely on the steady hand of your dermatologist at Century Medical and Dental Center to ensure your comfort during this simple process.
- Cutting. Surgical scissors or a scalpel can be used to cut off the skin tag. Since skin tags have no nerves in them, you won’t feel any pain, just a slight tugging on your skin.
Don’t try to remove acrochordons on your own. Having them removed by a medical professional ensures that you’re able to receive local anesthesia if needed. Plus, you want a doctor available to control or prevent bleeding. Trying to remove skin tags on your own can increase the risk of infection or scarring.
What to Expect from Skin Tag Removal
If you decide to go through with skin tag removal, little to no preparation is necessary. Anesthesia is often not needed, but your doctor may use local anesthesia to numb the area if you have several skin tags near each other or if they’re large in size.
When a dermatologist removes your skin tag, you aren’t likely to experience side effects. There’s a small chance of minor bleeding or infection, but this isn’t likely to happen when your skin tags are removed by a medical professional. You may experience a small amount of discomfort in the area where the skin tag used to be, but this should heal completely within a couple of weeks.
Expert Evaluation and Treatment of Skin Tags and Moles
While skin tags aren’t usually cause for concern, having them evaluated by the experts at Century Medical and Dental Center can eliminate any feelings you have that they’re a sign of something more serious. Having them removed in one of our Brooklyn offices can help you to feel more confident as well.
If you’re feeling self-conscious about skin tags or other conditions such as warts, red spots on your skin, moles or skin rashes, contact our medical practitioners today. Century Medical and Dental Center is a multi-disciplinary practice that provides you with access to experts in a wide range of specialties. When your primary care internist sees you for your annual physical exam or regular cancer screening tests, a referral for skin tag removal may be as simple as a walk down the hall.