Skin tags are a common and troubling problem. They usually form in older people, but they can actually form in people of any age. A skin tag is characterized by being a small piece of soft, hanging skin, sometimes attached to the body by a stalk. They don’t actually cause any medical issues, but they can be cosmetically displeasing and may be prone to causing irritation and bleeding if they occur in certain locations. Thankfully, skin tag removal exists in the form of laser treatment, and it could work for you.
Causes of Skin Tags
Skin tags often form in creased locations on the body, such as the armpits, the groin, under the breasts, or the neck. They are thought to be caused by the friction of skin rubbing against skin or clothing rubbing against skin, which induces the skin to produce a benign growth. A tendency to produce skin tags seems to run in families. Skin tags can vary wildly in size, from tiny, barely noticeable structures to tags the size of a grape. Some have smooth surfaces while others are bumpy; they usually match the skin tone in color, but in some cases, they may be slightly darker or pinker than the rest of the skin. Some dry up and drop off naturally, and very large ones have been known to burst open when subjected to pressure.
There are many methods that have been developed to remove skin tags, ranging from simply cutting them off to freezing or burning them. Unfortunately, if not completely removed, skin tags tend to just grow back, and a scar can form at the site from these crude methods of removal.
Laser skin tag removal, however, can target the “root” of a skin tag deep within the skin and permanently destroy it without causing scarring at the site. Treatment of each individual skin tag by a laser typically takes just minutes. In most cases, it takes more than one treatment session to remove the skin tag. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for additional new skin tags to form in locations subjected to friction in susceptible individuals. The good news is skin tag removal can be repeated as needed if additional blemishes do arise.
If you have a skin tag that is annoying you (either cosmetically or in other ways), it is important to have it checked by a professional to ensure it really is a benign skin tag and not something else. Never try to remove a skin tag at home.
At DermaNuva Skin & Health Care in Olds, we proudly offer skin tag removal using the Erbium laser. If you are interested in this treatment, simply contact us today to book a consultation and learn more.