Skin tags are small growths of skin that occur in certain places where the skin forms folds, such as the eyelid, neck, underneath the breasts, etc. They are a common senior skin problem, but are typically benign and present no danger to health.

Aging increases a person's risk for developing skin tags, as does being overweight or having diabetes. Removing skin tags is not a difficult process, provided a tag is treated when it's tiny.

There are home remedies for skin tags, however many experts suggest seeing a dermatologist about any skincare concerns before trying a new treatment method. Dermatologists can walk a patient through the skin tag removal procedures that are available. They can provide guidance on which type of surgery would be most suitable for removing skin tags.

Removal Options for Skin Tags

  • Cauterization 
    This is a process for removing skin tags that results in a minimal amount of bleeding. Before the process is initiated, the skin around the skin tag is numbed with local anesthetics. Then, the unwanted skin tissues in the skin tag are burnt with specialized tools.
  • Cryotherapy
    Doctors use liquid nitrogen to freeze the skin tags before they start the removal process. The liquid is applied to the skin tags until they appear snow white in color. This freezes the skin, kills the skin cells within skin tag and blocks blood supply to the area. After a few weeks, the skin tag will fall off by itself. The process takes only a few minutes. Removing larger skin tags may require more than one cryotherapy treatment.
  • Simple Excision
    In this procedure, a dermatologist cuts off skin tags utilizing suitable tools like clippers or blades. The surgeon will typically numb the area before using this method. Certain chemicals are used to stop the bleeding after the skin tag has been removed. Based on the severity of the wound, the patient may also be prescribed antibiotics.
  • Surgical Excision
    This type of method uses a scalpel, and is best for removing large skin tags. It is very important to consult with a professional dermatologist before opting for surgical excision. The doctor will discuss whether surgical excision is best fit for removal of certain skin tags or not, as well as what risks are involved.

Daniel Clark is a passionate blogger who spends his free time writing blogs about different skin problems. He likes to guide people about various skin tag removal procedures and issues pertaining to treatment/removal of skin tags.

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