Skin tags are small growths of normal. Skin tags often grow on a short stalk or stem. They tend to form in places where the skin rubs together, such as the armpit, the neck, under the breasts, or in the groin area. They become symptomatic when caught on jewelry or rubbed by clothing. Sometimes they become twisted on their blood supply and turn red or black.

Most skin tags don’t require treatment; however, treatment is indicated if lesions cause discomfort or if the patient desires removal for cosmetic reasons. You will get a few Lidocaine injections that will sting. This doesn’t take long and you will feel nothing further during the procedure. Removal can be done by excision (cutting) by scalpel or surgical scissors, or by freezing using liquid nitrogen. New lesions, rather than recurrences, may occur in predisposed areas.

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*Pricing depends on size and number of skin tags to be removedLength of Appt.: 10 minutes

Sessions Needed: 1 session

Check Up Appt.: 7 days or as needed.

Medical Clearance Needed: Yes. Must determine the type of skin lesion. Pathophysiology study may be necessary.

Other Industry Names for This: Skin Lesion, Benign Skin Lesion, Acrochordon

Indications: Skin tags are harmless and many people have them. The chances of getting skin tags increase as you get older. Indications for skin tag removal include irritation, and cosmetic concerns.

Contraindications: History of Diabetes, Uncontrolled Blood Pressure, Infection at the site, Lidocaine Allergy

Recovery: Usually resolved in 7-10 days after removal.

Painful: Lidocaine injection at the site to achieve anesthesia will give a stinging sensation, however the actual procedure is non-painful. Local discomfort to the site for 24 hours may be expected and is well managed with over the counter Tylenol/Ibuprofen.

Lasts: Most treatment of Skin Tag removal is permanent.

Purpose: Excision technique, or Freezing technique using liquid nitrogen to permanently remove skin tag resulting in no further site irritation and improved appearance.

Other Notes: Skin Tags are noncancerous, and occur in areas of friction such as underarms, neck and groin areas. They rarely cause pain, however do tend to become irritated. A qualified provider can remove a skin tag if it’s painful, an annoyance, or if the appearance is a concern.