WHAT IS A SKIN TAG?
Almost everyone will eventually notice a small, soft, raised, and brownish growth budding in an area where the skin rubs against itself (such as the on the neck, eyelids, under arms, groin folds, etc.), and this little nodule is called a skin tag. Skins tags (comprising of fibers, nerves, fat cells, and ducts under the epidermis) are one of the most common skin growths that can formulate on adult dermis, and while they are harmless, benign, and painless, they can be rather bothersome and aesthetically unpleasing. They normally grow to 2mm-5mm in diameter, and can vary in number from one to possibly hundreds of tags. Skin tags can be flat and smooth, but they can also protrude from the skin and have an irregular look to them. It is these tags that usually run the risk of irritation from being rubbed by clothing or getting stuck in jewelry.
WHO DOES IT AFFECT?
While the exact cause of skin tag growth is not clear, skin tags more commonly appear around middle age and beyond and expectedly in an area where the skin rubs against itself. Those who are overweight or obese have a higher likelihood of developing skin tags, as well those who have diabetes, those who have HPV, or women who are pregnant. Skin tags have even be classified of having the tendency to be genetic. They do not result from infection, and are not infectious themselves.
WHAT CAN I DO TO GET RID OF IT?
Skin tags are frequently removed for aesthetic and/or cosmetic reasons rather than health reasons, and here at DermaFashion Medical Spa we use cryotherapy technology in order to freeze off the skin tag and have it effectively detached. Through the use of liquid nitrogen the tag will be frozen at the cellular level, and due to the fact that extreme cold is destructive to organic cells, the targeted tissue will eventually break off.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF CRYOTHERAPY?
Other techniques for removing skin tags including cauterizing the tags (burning them off with special equipment), cutting the tags off with special curved scissors, or going through minor surgical means to remove the tags. All of these methods include a level of pain and risk of infection that cryotherapy, or simply freezing the tags so that they fall off, does not have.
Treatment itself needs no preparation, takes only a few minutes, and can be left to its own accord while the treated tag is slowly falling off. Multiple treatments might be needed, but otherwise it is a very quick and simple procedure.
Why let pesky skin tags bother you when it is so easy to remove them?