Skin tags pose no medical concerns for your body, but they are pretty unattractive, with many people who suffer from the condition choosing to have their skin tag or skin tags removed. The skin tag removal procedure is actually a pretty simple one and we’ve laid down everything you need to know about the process in this article.
Could it be time for you to remove the skin tag and get your body confidence back?
What are skin tags?
The official name for a skin tag is acrochordons, that being said, they’re commonly referred to by doctors as simply skin tags. In essence, they’re small pieces of skin that stick out from the main body and look a little bit like a wart. They’re completely harmless and if you find a skin tag, there’s absolutely no need to worry.
Skin tags are pretty common and tend to vary in size, ranging from as small as a few millimetres up to around 5cm in width. They can be found across the body, but you’ll commonly find them on the neck, in the armpits, around the groin or under the breasts.
As aforementioned, skin tags are completely harmless and they very rarely cause pain or discomfort. That being said, some people do find that they lower self-esteem or they can bleed when caught on clothing or jewellery. With that in mind, many people decide that they wish to have their skin tag removed.
How do you get a skin tag?
Before we take a look at how skin tags are removed, it’s worth taking a look at exactly how they occur in the first place. In short, absolutely anyone can develop a skin tag at any time, however, there are certain groups that are more susceptible to them.
The elderly or those with diabetes are particularly known to suffer from skin tags more commonly, whilst pregnant women are also known to develop skin tags, because of a drastic change in their hormone levels.
The skin tag removal procedure is actually incredibly simple, but does tend to vary depending on the size and location of the particular skin tag in question. There’s little reason to have a skin tag removed, unless it’s upsetting you.
With that in mind, skin tag removal is treated as a cosmetic procedure. Most commonly, they tend to be either burnt or frozen off in a similar way to warts. However, larger skin tags can be surgically removed, often under a local anaesthetic. That being said, for some smaller skin tags, a doctor may recommend that you remove it yourself at home.
A skin tag can be removed at home by simply tying a piece of cotton around it at the base and allow it to drop off. That being said, you should never attempt to remove a large skin tag at home, as this may cause excessive bleeding.
In conclusion, skin tags should cause you very little of a problem. However, they are pretty easy to remove, either at home or by a medical professional.