Skin tags are a benign growth on the top layer of skin. They have the appearance of small folds of hanging skin and generally soft to the touch. Usually, they are the result of a bundle of blood vessels and collagen which have become trapped in a bubble of skin. Older adults and those with close family members that have skin tags are much more likely to get them.
While they might look unsightly, they are actually quite harmless. However, many people still choose to have them removed to improve their appearance or reduce irritation.
Skin tags can form anywhere; however, they are most common in places where the skin can rub. This includes areas like the neck, eyelids, breasts, groin, and armpits. Additionally, overweight people have a higher rate of skin tags because their skin rubs against itself more often.
Skin tags can be removed through electrosurgery. In electrosurgery, your doctor will use a probe to electrify the skin tag. This will inhibit blood flow to the area, causing it to die and eventually fall off.
The procedure is painless and won't result in permanent scarring. Each treatment only takes a few minutes, meaning you can be in and out of the office on your lunch break.
After the treatment, your skin should be completely healed and back to normal in about two to three weeks.
No, your skin tags will not grow back in the same spot after being removed. However, that does not mean you won't ever have skin tags again. In fact, it's common for them to reappear in similar areas. Luckily, there is no limit to the number of skin tag removal procedures you can have. Contrary to the myth, removing skin tags does not cause more to appear.
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