Skin Tags Treatments Clark, Kearny, Jersey City, Teaneck, West NY, New Jersey, and Staten Island NY
Although skin tags rarely cause serious medical problems, this common condition can be both annoying and embarrassing. In some cases, skin tags may even get caught on clothing or jewelry, which can result in pain, bleeding and a risk of infection. If skin tags become problematic, or if you simply don't like looking at them, they can be effectively removed with the proper skin tags treatments at Metropolitan Dermatology.
A skin tag is a small, skin-colored tumor usually found in folds or in areas where skin forms creases. The medical community believes these lesions form when one area of skin frequently rubs against another. Skin tags are typically painless and tend to remain the same size over time. Skin tags may also be present in multiple locations on the same person. Women are more likely to develop this condition than men.
Signs and Symptoms
Skin tags usually appear as small, flesh tone growths that are the size of a grain of rice and raised from the skin's surface. Some tags may be larger than others, but they rarely exceed 1/2 an inch in diameter. These growths are not cancerous, but they may be bumpy or irregularly shaped. Most occur in the armpits, groin area and neck. However, the condition may also occur in other locations, such as the eyelids. Because the polyp is raised, they may become irritated or bleed when shaving the face or performing other routine activities where they are exposed.
Diagnosis and Treatment
In most cases, skin tags can be easily diagnosed during a physical examination. If they are not causing a problem, no treatment is required. They will not get worse if left alone, nor will they become cancerous. However, if the individual is annoyed or embarrassed by their presence, or if they are getting stuck on clothing or cut during shaving, your dermatologist or physician can remove them. Skin tags can usually be eliminated through surgical removal or by freezing. Most treatments take only a few minutes and are performed in a dermatologist's office. There are over-the-counter options but these products take time to work and cause an increased risk of infection.
Outcomes and Follow-up
Skin tags do not typically pose a health risk. They do not get worse over time, and there is a low risk of complications if you choose not to treat them. However, if skin tags are torn or injured, a skin infection may develop. Should this happen, infected areas can be treated by your doctor with topical or oral antibiotics.
If you decide to have your skin tags removed, they can usually be eliminated completely with only one treatment. However, if you have developed skin tags in the past, you are likely to develop them again. New skin tags may occur in the same location or in different locations. If skin tags return or develop in new locations after they have been removed, our dermatologists can use similar treatments to remove the new growths. However, there is currently no treatment that will prevent skin tags from ever coming back.