Skin tags are benign, harmless growth on the skin that consists of fibers, ducts, nerve cells, fat cells, and a covering or epidermis. They generally appear on the areas that are repeatedly rubbed or scratched such as eyelids, armpits, under breasts, groin, upper chest, and neck. Skin tags are flesh-colored, very little, and unnoticeable which sometimes fall off or rub off painlessly. However, some grow bigger and may reach up to 5cm. They are sometimes associated with the excessive circulation of insulin in the blood. Skin tags appear in both males and females due to:
- Sex-steroid imbalance
- High cholesterol
- High blood pressure
Although skin tags are not bothersome, however, they may be irritating to feel or look at. This is why individuals prefer to undergo professional skin tag removal treatment to get them removed easily without any pain or invasion.
Small growth of skin tag can be simply cut by the base scissors or a scalpel and larger ones may require a local anesthetic to get rid of them. Some dermatologists prefer to use cryotherapy to freeze a skin tag off. In any case, it is not medically recommended to cut or removed at home because it can lead to heavy bleeding and infection.
How do dermatologists remove skin tags?
Dermatologists follow all the safety guidelines to opt for the best ways to remove skin tags which are:
- Cutting: Cutting or chopping off the skin tag with a scalpel or scissors
- Freezing: Using nitrogen during cryosurgery to freeze the skin tag and remove it gently.
- Burning: Applying an electric current to heat and burn the part of the skin that attaches the tag to the base of the skin. Burning and removing the skin tag eliminates any potential bleeding or infection.
- Ligation: Tying the skin tag off with surgical thread in order to cut off its blood flow.
Skin tag on eyelid removal is a non-invasive or minimally invasive procedure that can be a little painful. However, a dermatologist or physician numbs the area prior to the procedure to eliminate any pain and apply medication and then a bandage in case of bleeding. You must allow your dermatologist to examine and evaluate the condition before going for the treatment since these benign circular growths cause little to no harm.
Should you go for skin tag removal treatment?
Removal of skin tags is an optional cosmetic procedure that may sometimes cause discomfort or irritation because they do not look good on the body. They may also cause friction with the jewelry or clothing hence causing discomfort, pain, and sometimes bleeding if it tears apart.
Developing a skin tag may not be a cause of concern but if you face any irritation, infection, or bleeding, immediately consult a dermatologist for proper guidance.