Tags are meant for clothing, not your skin. Unfortunately, “skin tags” do exist. In fact, as many as one in four people have skin tags. Skin tags refer to a flesh-colored flap of soft tissue that protrudes from the surface of the skin. They are typically found in areas that get irritated when two areas of skin rub together, such as under the breasts, armpit, eyelids, groin or neck. Pregnant women and those who are overweight are more prone to skin tags.
First and foremost, you should know that skin tags are harmless and most often painless. However, due to their unsightly appearance, they are often removed. Some prefer to get their skin tags removed because they get easily irritated by jewelry or clothing. Regardless of why you’d like to say goodbye to your skin tags, you can trust that it will involve a quick and straightforward procedure.
Skin tags can be removed through a few different methods, all of which can be performed in the comfort of the office. Our dermatologists at Olansky Dermatology Associates may recommend one of the following procedures based on the size and location of your skin tag:
- Excision – skin tags can be quickly “snipped off” with the use of a topical anesthetic and sterile surgical scissors.
- Burning – a wire is used to produce an electrical current that burns through the small attached stem of the tag to detach it from the skin.
- Freezing – cold liquid nitrogen can effectively burn away the skin tag just like it can a wart or other skin malady (called cryotherapy).
Do you have a skin tag that you’d rather not see or feel anymore? Consider skin tag removal with one of our trusted physicians. Skin tags are benign growths that don’t go away on their own. However, they can be quickly and easily removed without a mark or scar left behind. Once they are removed, the same skin tag shouldn’t grow back.
Call Olansky Dermatology Associates today to learn more about your options for expert skin tag removal in Atlanta.