Are you bothered by skin tags? These harmlessly little blemishes can make us feel really uncomfortable in our skin, both because of the way they look and sometimes the way they rub up against clothing. Skin tags are one of the most common cosmetic conditions in the United States. Fortunately, skin tag removal is a simple procedure. The team at Orlando Dermatology would be more than happy to answer your questions about the process.
What are Skin Tags?
Skin tags — acrochordons — are soft, little growths (tumors) that hang off the skin like a tiny flap from a connecting stalk (known as a peduncle). Sometimes, they protrude rather than hang. They consist of an accumulation of collagen fibers, dense skin cells, blood vessels and nerve endings. They usually start off small and can grow larger. Friction can cause them to increase in size.
Who Gets Skin Tags?
Skin tags are very common. In fact, the condition occurs in almost 46 percent of the United States population. Anybody can get skin tags — men and women. The flesh-colored, tiny blemishes most frequently appear in areas of skin folds, such as the eyelid, armpit or groin. They are more common in people dealing with diabetes or obesity, people who have taken steroids and people over the age of 60. The hormonal surges during pregnancy can also be a trigger. Skin tags are most likely hereditary.
Are Skin Tags Dangerous?
Skin tags (also known under the medical terms skin polyps, Fibroepithelial polyp, Fibrovascular papilloma, Soft fibroma or Fibroma molle) are benign (harmless). However, if you notice your skin tag changing color or shape, or if it is becoming painful, a more serious health problem might be occurring. Only trust a qualified professional for a diagnosis.
Are Skin Tags Contagious?
There is no shame in finding skin tags a bit unattractive. After all, they disrupt the appearance of smooth skin. However, worry not. They are not contagious. Skin tags are not caused by a virus you can catch. They are not warts, which are indeed highly contagious and caused by the HPV virus.
How Does Skin Tag Removal Work?
There are different methods of skin tag removal for cosmetic purposes. The right option for you will depend on a number of factors. Our treatment options include:
- Cutting off the skin tag with a scalpel or scissors
- Cryotherapy or freezing it off)
- Electro-surgery or burning it off via electric current