What are skin tags?
Skin tags, or fibrous polyps, are small pouches of normal skin, which protrude from the skin surface on a narrow stalk. They are usually soft, and tend to be flesh colored or slightly pigmented. Occurring singly or in multiples, the most common locations are around the neck, within the armpits or groin area, under the breasts or other truncal areas, and on the eyelids or cheeks. They may be mistaken for moles, warts, or other benign skin growths.
Skin tags may enlarge, and may become irritated by clothing or by daily activities. They can become inflamed or infected, with substantial swelling, pain, and surrounding redness. They may also be cosmetically unacceptable.
How are skin tags treated?
Surgical removal of skin tags can provide relief from local irritation, as well as smooth and enhance the affected body site. Surgical excision (using extremely delicate ophthalmologic scissors), electrocautery (electric needle), and cryosurgery (liquid nitrogen treatment) are the most commonly employed removal techniques.
How can Cary Dermatology help me?
The doctors at the Cary Dermatology Center are experienced in the diagnosis and treatment of skin lesions. It is important to establish a correct diagnosis, because skin tags, warts, moles or other lesions may require different treatment(s).
Clinically benign skin tags can be removed in the office, with the removal technique determined by the size, number, location and your potential for scarring or dyspigmentation (change in color after wound healing). Insurance often will not pay for skin tag removal as they are considered to be a cosmetic problem.
Please schedule an appointment with one of our providers to determine the best approach to treatment of your skin lesions.