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OVERVIEW

What are skin tags?

A skin tag or Acrochordon, is a skin outgrowth, that resembles a small, soft balloon suspended on a narrow stalk. It may be skin colored or darkly pigmented. Though they are harmless but can be cosmetically annoying. Skin tags occur in 50% adults and risk of having skin tags increases with age.

Causes

What causes development of Skin tags?

Exact reason behind development of skin tags is unknown but since they are seen more on skin folds, friction seems to play a role. Following conditions can make a person more prone to development of Skin tags:

  • Obesity
  • Insulin resistance
  • Diabetes
  • Pregnancy
  • Having sex-steroid imbalance, especially involving oestrogen and progesterone.
  • Derranged lipid profile
  • Having a family history of skin tags
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Chrons’s disease for peri anal skin tags

Symptoms

How does skin tag look?

They develop like small soft skin colored to darkly pigmented pedunculated outgrowth with narrow base attached to skin and gradually increase in size.
They occur on areas where skin rubs on itself or clothing. They are most seen on neck and armpits. Other areas include eyelids, thighs, under breasts, buttocks and groin folds. Usually they are asymptomatic outgrowth but they become symptomatic when caught on jewelry or rubbed by clothing. Sometimes in large skin tags due to torsion of its peduncle it may appear red or black as result of infarction.

Treatment

Is there any diagnostic test for skin tag?

Dermatologist can diagnose skin tags easily by clinical examination. Rarely they may need to differentiate from other tumor like neurofibroma or dermal nevus. Some investigations may be required to rule out underlying systemic disease like diabetes, dyslipidemia or insulin resistance.

How are Skin Tagstreated?

Skin tags are harmless. The only reason for their removal is either they are looking aesthetically displeasing or causing you discomfort. There is no skin tag removal cream.
Following are the ways to remove skin tags:

Radiofrequency ablation: First, a local anesthetic is injected around the skin tag. This is followed by the removal of the growth by fine needle using radiofrequency ablation (RFA) Cautery. An antibacterial ointment is applied after the treatment. Usually, this process takes 15-20 minutes. A soft scab forms over the treated area that falls off after a few days.

Laser Skin tag Removal: It is done by CO2 laser. After giving local anesthesia removal is done by Co2 laser which is faster than RFA. Large lesions can be removed easily. Post CO2 laser skin tag removal wound care is also very minimal.

Cryotherapy: Here, the skin tag is frozen using a probe containing liquid nitrogen. Following the treatment, a blister forms around the skin tag/wart and it falls of along with the dead tissue eventually in 1-2 weeks. It can be a bit painful.

Ligation: Tying a suture around its neck cuts the blood supply to the skin tag.

Excision: This is usually considered when other treatments have not worked. The skin tag is excised using surgical scalpel/scissors.

TIPS

  • Maintain a healthy life style
  • Regular exercise and healthy diet
  • Don’t rub or pull or rotate the skin tag.
  • Try to get removal as soon as possible as smaller skin tag removal will not leave any scar.

FAQs

Can skin tags be cancerous?

Usually they are benign growth and do not cause any harm. Very rarely they may have precancerous or cancerous changes. If you observe any unusual change in skin tag like rapid increase in size, pain, bleeding you should report to your dermatologist.

How do I prevent skin tags?

If you have family history and want to avoid skin tags, maintain a healthy life style that include regular exercise and diet habits. If you are overweight or obese you should decrease your body weight strategically.

Can toothpaste really remove skin tags?

Do not try any unapproved cream or method to remove skin tag. It may lead to incomplete removal, infection or recurrence. There is no such skin tag removal cream.

What is the cost of laser skin tag removal treatment in Jaipur?

The cost of skin tag removal treatment depends on number, size of skin tags and technique of treatment. Laser skin tag removal have advantage over other methods. Generally it starts from 1000 INR and increases with number of lesions.

Is there chance of recurrence after removal of skin tag?

Usually there is no recurrence of skin tag at same site if removed completely. They may develop at new predisposed site if risk factors are not resolved.Incomplete removal from base of skin tag may result in recurrence.

When should I see a doctor for skin tag?

If a skin tag shows any of the following changes, you should see a doctor:

  • If it Grows
  • If it Itches
  • If it Bleeds
  • If it Changes shape

Why should you choose Dr. KothiwalaSkinEva Clinic for Skin Tag Removal Treatment in Jaipur?

  • Detailed consultation
  • Fast and permanent removal of skin tags
  • Personalized post treatment care

For more information on Skin Tags or to inquire about other services please contact us on 7726938335.

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Dr. Sunil Kothiwala

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