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Thinking About Skin Tag Removal? Keep These 4 Points in Mind

You may have skin tags on neck, armpits, groin and thighs among other places

Skin tag removal treatment is best done under guidance of a dermatologist

Skin tag removal cost depends on the type of the skin tag and the procedure

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Bajaj Finserv Health
May 11th, 2022
8 mins read

Though skin tags are harmless growths, you can still opt for skin tag removal. Skin tags, also known as acrochordons, are typically benign and do not turn cancerous. But skin tags can be annoying or undesirable, which is why you may think of getting rid of them.

You have various options for skin tag removal treatment like small surgeries and skin tag removal patches. The skin tag removal cost depends on the procedure you are opting for and where you are getting it done.

Doctors recommend not to remove skin tags at home by yourself as it can be risky and result in potential complications. The best option is to let a dermatologist examine it and perform the skin tag removal. This way it can be done safely, and the doctor can ensure that the skin tag is not a serious type of growth. There are no specific areas for skin tags to grow as they can be present anywhere on your body. You may have skin tags on neck, underarms, hands, groin or thighs [1].

Read on to understand all about skin tag removal in this comprehensive guide.

Additional Read: Prickly Heat Rash: Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

Reasons to opt for skin tag removal 

Skin tags do not usually cause discomfort but may still bother you [2]. You may want to remove them for the following reasons: 

  • You may consider them unsightly 
  • They may bleed and cause much discomfort 
  • They may get caught on jewelry or clothing 

Check with a dermatologist about skin tag removal to make sure the lesion is not a form of skin cancer [3].

Skin Tag Removal aftercare

Skin tag removal treatment 

When it comes to skin tag removal, you can opt for the following. 

  • Wrap the affected area with skin tag removal patches – This method is known as litigation, which helps cut off the blood supply to the skin tag. As a consequence, the skin cells die. Make sure you don’t try this method at home and visit a dermatologist instead.  
  • Apply cream for skin tag removal – There are creams with ingredients that target the roots of skin tags. However, it is important to consult a doctor before trying any creams for skin tag removal.

Note that applying toothpaste is also regarded as a remedy for skin tag. However, there is no scientific evidence justifying its role in skin tag removal.

Risks involved in using at DIY skin tag removal methods 

Skin tag removal at home can be risky, leading to: 

  • Excessive bleeding  
  • Infection 
  • Scarring 

If you are sure that you want your skin tags removed, speak with a dermatologist first. Make sure you know what your safest options are.

Dermatological options for skin tag removal 

Skin tags can be removed safely by your dermatologist by the following methods: 

  • Using scissors or a scalpel for skin tag removal – Small skin tags are generally removed by this method where doctors cut them off from the base. A chemical solution may be applied to reduce bleeding afterwards. 
  • Burning or cauterization for skin tag removal – In this process, doctors use a needle or electric probe that produces an electric current. This method also helps seal the wound and prevents infection and bleeding. 
  • Freezing or cryosurgery for skin tag removal – In this process, doctors freeze the skin tag with liquid nitrogen and it takes approximately 10 days to fall off.

Additional Read: Head Lice: Symptoms, Causes and Effective Treatment

Though skin tags are benign growths that are generally harmless, they can still result in scarring, bleeding and infection if you try to remove them yourself. It is best to get skin tag removal done professionally to minimize risks. For all treatments related to skin and hair such as acne treatment, back acne treatment or dandruff remedy, you can consult dermatologists on Bajaj Finserv Health. Just search for ‘skin specialists near me’ on the platform to get guidance on all skin and health issues online from wherever you are located.

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