Understanding Skin Tags and Effective Techniques for Their Removal

Some skin problems have a reason to occur whereas others just appear without any evident fact. Still, we have to deal with them with patience. Imperfections on other parts of the body can be hidden under clothes and other accessories but the face is more important. People make perceptions about us after just a glimpse of our face. If it is unattractive due to any reason, the first impression will go negative. Scars, acne, birthmarks, and skin tags are some of the most stubborn epidemic issues. Only highly proficient dermatologists & cosmetologists can help in getting rid of them. Problems with melanin like scars and birthmarks are easy to handle with the help of a laser and other light therapies. However, skin tags are more difficult to deal with. Let’s understand in detail about these weird unwanted tags. 

What are skin tags? 

A skin tag is actually extra skin growth on our body that appears on the fold areas like:-

  • Neck
  • Eyelids
  • Gorin
  • Armpits
  • Thighs
  • Under breast

Usually, these tags appear after the age of 50 in maximum cases. However, some people may get these tags at a young age also. They are soft and non-cancerous extended skin pieces. Talking about any negative impact, they are completely harmless. Actually, loose collagen fibers sometimes start gathering at a specific part of our body which results in skin tags. They are painless and it is not necessary to remove them until appearing on the visible parts of the body. Only professional skin tag removal experts know effective techniques to remove them permanently and safely. We are mentioning two types of treatments known for promising results. 

Cryotherapy

Cryotherapy is basically a process of freezing the area of skin tags for permanent removal. Cosmetician uses liquid nitrogen to freeze the skin tags with the help of a spray gun. This technique doesn’t require anesthesia because liquid nitrogen is enough to number the area. The complete procedure just requires a few seconds to complete. After the treatment, you will notice a  scab formation over the skin lesion. Within 14-15 days, it will fall off and you get a seamless skin surface. In some cases, people may feel the need for a second treatment session but it is very rare.

Surgical removal

If you are expecting instant results, a surgical procedure is the best option to consider. Skin treatment experts use surgical blades to cut off the extra skin after giving anesthesia to the patient. In some cases, doctors may have to make deeper cuts if cells are underneath the upper layer of skin. In the case of deep incision, stitching may also be applicable. 

Apart from these two techniques, burning is also among the promising skin tag removal solutions. Some aestheticians use the heat of electric current to burn the upper layer of skin. However, cryotherapy and surgical removal are more feasible from the perspective of safety and results. 

Risk factors in skin tags removal

  • Bruising
  • Excessive bleeding
  • Infection
  • Scarring
  • Irritation

These problems occur only in the rarest cases especially when you are getting treatment from a non-proficient skin treatment provider. 

Most frequent reasons for getting skin tags

  1. Pregnancy period
  2. Getting overweight
  3. Genetic history
  4. HPV 
  5. Type 2 diabetic patients

Skin tag removal becomes necessary only if they are visible on the exposed body parts like the face, neck and hands. Also, in rare cases, if they are showing cancerous symptoms, approach a dermatologist as soon as possible. Some websites also mention home remedies for skin tags removal but their results are not reliable and may also cause adverse impacts.