Skin tags are small growths of skin that are very common and will affect almost everyone at some point in their lives. Some people may only ever develop one skin tag, some may develop hundreds, however they are not dangerous so should be not cause for concern.
They are formed when two layers of skin rub against one another; the resulting friction causes skin to become loosened and protrude. As a result they tend to develop in areas such as the neck, under the arms or around the groin. They also tend to be more prevalent in people who are carrying excess weight, as this leads to a greater abundance of skin folds which can rub together.
Depending on where the skin tag has developed, these can be irritating, especially if they begin to catch on clothes. If that starts to happen the skin tag may become sore and you may wish to consider having it removed. Some people also may feel embarrassed by the presence of skin tags, especially if they have formed in an area where they are clearly obvious, such as the face or neck. If skin tags are affecting your self esteem, this is another reason to consider having them taken off.
What happens during skin tag removal?
Depending on the size and shape of your skin tag, there are a number of options that can be considered by GPs or plastic surgeons to remove them. One approach is to use liquid nitrogen (the same component that you may remember from science lessons – the one that creates artificial smoke). Liquid nitrogen is kept at extremely cold temperatures, so when applied to a skin tag it quickly freezes the cells, kills them and the skin tag will fall off soon afterwards. A similar approach can be taken with acidic substances which can burn the skin tag off, using similar principles to the freezing technique.
Another approach is to use medical scissors or a small scalpel to cut them off, or restrict the blood flow to the skin tag by tying them off with something like dental floss.
No time for DIY
It is important not to try and remove a skin tag yourself unless you have spoken to a GP or a plastic surgeon and they have suggested that this is acceptable. Although it may seem tempting, you risk causing pain, haemorrhaging or an infection if you do this incorrectly. It is a very simple procedure but should usually be left to the experts.
If you have a skin tag that is bothering you and wish to speak to someone about getting it removed, contact Mr Alan Park’s team today who will be able to book you in to speak to an expert and to have this removed.