Have you noticed a small growth on your skin like an overgrowth of skin attached to your body with a tiny stem? Maybe you have more than one. Don’t panic – these are likely skin tags. Keep reading to learn everything you need to know about them and why you shouldn’t try and remove them yourself.
What Are Skin Tags?
Skin tags are small, harmless bits of excess skin tissue that form in areas where there clothing or undergarments rub against your skin, or where there is skin-on-skin friction. This can include:
- Skin tags on neck
- Groin skin tags
- Genital skin tags
- Skin tags under arms
- Sin tags under or between your breasts
Skin tags look and feel like little outgrowths of the skin. Depending on the location, they can cause embarrassment or discomfort, or both. In other areas, they may not bother you at all. And you’re not alone. Nearly 60% of adults will develop skin tags.
What Causes Skin Tags?
There is no exact known cause of skin tags, but there are correlation factors, including:
- Age over 40
- Wearing tight clothing that chafes or rubs against the skin
- Type 2 diabetes
- High cholesterol
- A close relative with skin tags
If your skin tags embarrass you or are uncomfortable, you can look into skin tag removal.
Best Skin Tag Removal Methods
If you’re wondering how to get rid of skin tags or how to remove skin tags, we encourage you to avoid the DIY route you might see touted in YouTube or TikTok videos. An inexperienced person can easily cause excess bleeding or scarring. This is when you try and cut the skin tag off. Freeze kits and creams can cause scarring or changes in pigmentation. Trying at-home skin tag removal can also result in an infection or failure to remove the skin tag completely.
The best skin tag removal method is done in a professional setting. Your aesthetician will use a high-frequency needle to target the root of the skin tag. You will need to allow some downtime in the area as the skin tag dries and falls off.
You’ll receive a complete set of aftercare instructions to promote healing. Once a professional removes your skin tags, they are gone for good. But it is possible you could develop new ones. Maintaining a healthy weight and avoiding tight-fitting clothing in the areas where you have had skin tags before can help prevent new ones from forming.
Schedule a Consultation
If you’re tired of seeing and feeling skin tags, we understand. Schedule a skin tag removal consultation to see what the possibilities are. And you’re in experienced hands when you visit Aesthetics at Cima Health.
From the initial consultation to the treatment room, we offer the highest quality laser and skincare services, individualized to your needs. We are more than clinicians; we understand how hard it can be to carve out time for yourself to look and feel your best. We help you make the most of your time by offering the best range of anti-aging treatments.
Book an appointment today.