> Skin Tag Removal
A skin tag (or acrochordon) is literally a growth of skin that ‘hangs’
from a small stem attached to your ‘regular’ skin. It
is usually painless (unless rubbing or twisting) and can be the size
of a pinhead to about the size of a cherry. Skin tags are usually
irregularly shaped and are the same color as the rest of the skin.
In some cases, skin tags may be dark brown, and these tend to appear
as bumps rather than ‘hanging’ pieces of skin. In all
cases, skin tags are attached to your regular skin by a thin piece
of skin called the stem.
Although skin tags can develop anywhere on the body, they usually
appear on the eyelids, under the arms, on the neck, under the breasts
and in the folds of the groin area. Children and young teenagers are
much less likely to develop skin tags than a middle aged adult. Doctors
believe that skin tags develop when skin is constantly rubbing against
itself, like under the arms for example, but the evidence is not 100%
conclusive. Skin tags do seem more prevalent in overweight peoples.
Are Skin Tags Harmful?
Skin tags are not harmful. Although many people believe any strange
growth of the skin is indicative of skin cancer, almost 100% of skin
tags are not malignant. Skin types, in scientific terms, are a type
of tumor, but again, they are benign and literally harmless. In a
few cases, symptoms of skin cancer have been misdiagnosed as skin
tags but this is very rare. For the most part, people remove skin
tags simply because they feel they are unsightly or uncomfortable.
Skin tags are small flaps of skin, of irregular shape and usually
skin colored, that hang from a ‘thread’ of skin which
is attached to the skin of your body. If you are middle aged and you
get find a skin tag, there is a chance you will continue to get them
at higher frequencies up to the age of about 60. Skin tags generally
have no other symptoms besides the aesthetics, but in some cases they
can be painful if they are constantly being irritated, twisted or
rubbed. In some rare cases, skin tags can be very large (the size
of a cherry for example) and in these cases, irritation is much greater.
Skin Tag Removal or Treatment
There are various treatments for skin tags, the most easy and effective
of these being natural treatments. Natural treatments usually come
in liquid form, where the solution is simply applied to the tag. Within
the next few days, the skin tag falls off. This procedure is completely
painless and leaves no scars of any kind.
Cauterization: this procedure is simply the ‘burning’
off of the skin tag using electrolysis equipment. The procedure is
quick and relatively painless. Depending on the amount of skin tags
being cauterized, the process can get relatively expensive.
Cryosurgery: much like warts or moles, the skin tag can also be ‘frozen’
off with liquid nitrogen. A very common practice, cryotherapy or cryosurgery
is relatively painless and is used for many types of skin lesions.
More than one visit may be necessary to fully remove large skin tags.
Excision: simply cutting off a skin tag with a pair of scissors is
obviously not recommended. In many cases, the result will be some
pain and a lot of bleeding. However, cutting off a skin tag will usually
be successful. Scarring can occur if patience and precision is not
Ligation: ligation is the procedure of blocking the blood supply to
a specific area. Blocking the blood supply to a skin tag can cause
the tag to die, dry out and finally fall off. To do this, many people
will use a string or hair and tie it around the ‘stem’
of the skin tag. Although this method has been successful on many
occasions, it can sometimes be uncomfortable and time consuming.
There is no easy way to prevent skin tags. Doctors do not have enough
information to outline precise cause for their development. The only
advice many dermatologists give is to not wear clothing that is too
tight or is constantly ‘rubbing’ on the skin, and to take
care of your skin in general. The good news is, skins tags are easy
to get rid of with all natural treatments, and they are not dangerous
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