A Skin tag is somewhat similar to a benign skin tumor, but more accurately it’s just an excess of skin that occurs due to friction. These incredibly annoying minor growths are normally small and harmless nodules of skin which appear to attach themselves at the natural folds of your body.
Skin tags affect both women and men, and they can occur at almost any age. The scientific term for skin tags is acrochordon and it’s widely agreed that they’re harmless. However, there are many skin conditions which are not harmless which resemble skin tags and thus it’s important to have them checked out by a medical professional.
Overall, while skin tags are harmless, they do present themselves as an annoyance to many. The wearing of tight clothes for example can exacerbate the condition and lead to constant irritation if they are not removed. Luckily however, skin tag removal is a service almost any doctor can carry out and it doesn’t even require an anesthetic.
Many doctors regard skin tag removal as a cosmetic procedure and for the most part, many people seek skin tag removal because of the fact they can appear in visible places such as on the eyelids, neck and other parts of the body. This can result in various issues ranging from low self-esteem and confidence because skin tags can be quite unsightly.
Preventing reoccurring skin tags is something that can be done by wearing looser clothes and underwear as well as losing weight if you are overweight. This is because skin tags occur due to friction. This friction occurs due to tight clothes rubbing against skin and also when skin rubs against skin.
If you can minimize the friction, then it’s possible to virtually eliminate the occurrence of skin tags. In cases where skin tags are a problem, then removal can be done using a variety of methods, ranging from excision using scissors to elastic-band litigation, cryo-therapy and others.
Typically, skin tag removal is painless, quick and effective. Scarring as well as bleeding is minimal as skin tags are nothing more than excess flaps of skin. Many people are in fact actually able to remove skin tags quite easily at home using everything from scissors to off the counter remedies.
When it comes to removing skin tags at home however, it’s important to ensure that it really is just a skin tag. It may very well be an atypical mole that’s developed, especially if it is a different color to the surrounding skin.
As a result, skin tag removal is normally best left to professionals who know what they’re looking at. Any form of excess skin growth such as skin tags could be a sign of melanoma, and as a result, it’s best to err on the side of caution.
Skin tags have a reputation for being annoying but harmless. While for the most part this is true, a little caution is advised when dealing with any kind of growth, no matter how trivial it may appear.