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By Magnolia Dermatology
August 03, 2018
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Skin Tag  

Desiring smoother, flawless skin? Are annoying skin tags interfering with that aesthetic goal? At Magnolia Dermatology in Charleston, SC, skin tagyour dermatologist comfortably and quickly removes these little nuisances so you look and feel great. Your dermatologist in Charleston, SC, Dr. Joseph Myers, brings premiere cosmetic and medical skin services to people of all ages. Learn more about skin tag removal here.

What are skin tags?

The medical name for skin tags is soft fibromas or acrochordon. Unsightly little bumps of flesh which are sometimes darkly pigmented, skin tags spontaneously proliferate in the groin, under the arms, on the neck and face, eyelids, and trunk. Friction and excess body weight contribute to their growth as do advancing age (over 60) and heredity (they seem to run in families).

Fortunately, the vast majority of skin tags are completely harmless. However, your dermatologist in Charleston, SC, does warn that sudden variations in color, shape, and texture may indicate malignancy. So, call them to the attention of Dr. Myers if you see skin tags (or other spots on your skin) change.

Removing skin tags

To avoid pain, bleeding, and infection, see Dr. Myers for skin tag removal. He'll do a complete skin examination (a good idea if you're over 40), and note the size, number, and location of your skin tags. Then, he may use one of three methods to remove them:

  1. Excision with a sterile scalpel or sharp scissors
  2. Cryosurgery, or freezing the fibroma with liquid nitrogen so it simply falls off
  3. Cautery, or application of heat to the skin tags

With any of these methods, the dermatologist may apply some anesthetizing medication before proceeding although skin tags normally are not sensitive or painful. Afterwards, the treated areas heal in less than a week.

Will they re-appear?

People who tend to get skin tags likely will develop them again--perhaps in different areas of their bodies. The only provable prevention is weight loss as a slimmer profile avoids skin folds and the constant friction of tight clothing against the skin.

Come in for a consultation

Dr. Joseph Myers and his dedicated team will help you stay ahead of your skin tags. Please contact your dermatologist in Charleston, SC, and schedule a consultation at (843) 769-2100.