Omaha Skin Tags Removal
Skin tags are harmless flaps of skin that commonly develop as we age. Anyone can develop a skin tag - or several - but some people are more likely to see them appear on the neck, in or near the armpits, in the groin area, on the eyelids, between the upper thighs, under the breasts, and on the back and abdomen. They often are inherited, so you may have family members with them.
Dr. Joel Schlessinger, a board-certified dermatologist at Skin Specialists in Omaha, can assess your skin care concerns and provide treatment options for skin tags. He has the medical background to look at all aspects of this condition. What seems to be a harmless skin tag to you may be a dangerous growth, so it is a good idea to make sure they are just skin tags.
Both men and women develop skin tags. Infrequently, they go away on their own. Most often they do not. The best treatment is no treatment at all if they aren't bothersome, but many people find them irritating.
If skin tags cause irritation or bleeding, treatment can help you control your skin tags (the medical term for them is acrochordon).
What causes skin tags?
There is no known reason for the appearance of skin tags other than heredity. They occur most frequently at sites where the skin is rubbed by clothing or on other body parts such as between the upper thighs and in the armpit area. Some dermatologists, including Dr. Schlessinger, feel they may also have an infectious component.
Age is a factor because skin tags may develop over time. People who are obese often develop skin tags due to increased irritation and rubbing of folds of skin. Sometimes hormones cause skin tags, especially during pregnancy.
What is the treatment for skin tags?
If you'd like to get rid of annoying or bothersome skin tags, please make an appointment to see Dr. Schlessinger at Skin Specialists, voted Omaha's best dermatologist.
He can determine the best method to remove your skin tags. He may use a scalpel to cut the skin tag after numbing the area. Alternatively, if they aren't skin tags, but instead a common growth called seborrheic keratosis, he may choose to use liquid nitrogen that freezes the skin and causes the lesion to fall off. Another method is cauterization in which the skin tag is burned with an electric current.
All methods are simple and effective office procedures.
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Questions & Answers About Skin Tags
Dr. Schlessinger invites you to email him if you have questions about skin tags.
Are there home remedies for skin tags?
I often see the results of "bathroom surgery" for skin tags. My fear is that someone will try to remove a flap of skin that is not a skin tag and could be a more serious skin condition that needs treatment such as a mole or wart or even skin cancer.
I caution my patients not to try unproven home remedies to remove skin tags such as lemon juice, duct tape or apple cider vinegar or any of the over-the-counter products because they may develop infections or treat the wrong condition. The same goes for trying to snip skin tags off with scissors or to tie them off with dental floss. These often will get infected and lead to a visit to the doctor or emergency room. Don't try to do this yourself!
Do you really want to play doctor and decide if your skin abnormality is a harmless skin tag?
I saw a lotion on the Internet that you apply to skin tags. They fall off in days. Do these work?
The best way to remove a skin tag is to get a definite diagnosis by a dermatologist and let us use an effective office method to remove your skin tags. That way you will avoid harmful infections and know that the area of skin is indeed a skin tag. These lotions are very harsh and have been known to cause severe infections or sloughing of skin.
If I have my skin tags removed, won't more grow back?
While the skin tags removed generally won't grow back, most people tend to just develop more of them over time. This means they will often come back in a year or two to have them removed because they either don't like their appearance or the skin tags are irritating, especially around the neck with necklaces and tight shirts and ties.
Are skin tags contagious?
Unlike warts, skin tags are not considered contagious, but some individuals confuse warts with skin tags, so it is possible that a wart, rather than a skin tag, may be present. You cannot "infect" someone else if it is a true skin tag, but the differences can be subtle in certain cases, especially those in the groin area. So it's important to distinguish between harmless skin tags and similar looking warts that could spread to others if they are the type caused by a virus, such as condyloma.
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