A coetaneous skin tag is a common skin growth and it is usually harmless. A skin tag usually can occur at any age and seem to have a familial history. They are common on the face, neck, under the arms and in the groin area.
A skin tag sticks out of the skin and may have a short, narrow stalk connecting it to the surface of the skin. It is usually small, but can be as much as a half-inch long. In most cases the skin tag is the same color as the person’s skin, or sometimes a bit darker. Skin tags are painless however, they may be irritated from rubbing on clothing.
If there is any suspicion a biopsy may be done. In many cases the patient wishes to have them removed for aesthetic reasons. It is not recommended that patients remove skin tags themselves – often home remedy treatment options are disappointing. Treatment at our office is simple, relatively painless and cost effective.
We use electrocautery to remove skin tags with minimal pain and scarring. Our medical team will use this method and in most cases they can be removed without any topical anesthesia. In some cases larger skin tags may require some topical anesthesia or a small amount of xylocaine injected into the area prior to the procedure.
C02 LASER TREATMENT
CO2 (Carbon Dioxide) Laser Treatment is an effective procedure to remove skin tags. Laser removal is less scarring, pain and bruising compared to methods that used to be used more frequently such as
cryosurgery (freezing) or excision using a surgical blade. With the C02 Laser Treatment there is no bleeding during the procedure as the laser coagulates blood vessels.
CO2 laser treatments are quick, simple and effective. Post treatment protocol involves using Polysporin and a band-aide if needed and the avoidance of soaking the area for the next 5-7 days..( ie no baths, hot tubs) (but showers are allowed.)