Skin tag removal
What is skin tag?
A skin tag, medically known as acrochordon, is a small, soft, benign (non-cancerous) growth that typically appears on the skin’s surface. These growths are usually flesh-coloured or slightly darker and can vary in size from a few millimetres to several centimetres. Skin tags are common and can occur in various parts of the body but are most often found in areas where the skin folds or rubs against itself, such as the neck, armpits, groin, under the breasts, and eyelids.
What is the cause of skin tag?
Skin tags are common benign skin growths that typically appear where the skin rubs or folds. They are soft, flesh-coloured, and vary in size. While the exact cause isn’t clear, genetics, hormonal changes (e.g., during pregnancy), obesity, age, and possibly diabetes play a role. These growths are harmless and usually don’t require treatment unless they become painful or bothersome. Removal methods include surgical excision, freezing, burning, or ligation. If you’re concerned about a skin tag or any skin growth, consult a dermatologist or healthcare professional for guidance.
What is the treatment for skin tag?
An initial consultation by a Dermatologist is required to make an assessment and discuss treatment and common treatment options include:
Cryotherapy (Freezing): In this method, liquid nitrogen is applied to the skin tag, causing it to freeze and eventually fall off. This is a quick and relatively painless procedure.
Electrocautery (Burning): A specialized tool is used to burn off the skin tag. This method may cause some discomfort and requires local anaesthesia.
Ligation (Tying Off): The healthcare professional ties a small thread or string around the base of the skin tag to cut off its blood supply. Over time, the skin tag shrivels and falls off.
Excision (Surgical Removal): A dermatologist may surgically remove the skin tag using a scalpel or scissors. This method is typically used for larger or more stubborn skin tags and requires local anaesthesia.
Topical Treatment: Some over-the-counter products, such as skin tag removal creams or ointments, claim to dissolve skin tags. However, their effectiveness can vary, and it’s important to follow the product instructions carefully.