Your Best Options for Removing Those Pesky Skin Tags

A skin tag is a growth of flappy, fleshy skin that protrudes from your body. While they’re very common and aren’t dangerous, they can be embarrassing. If you’re one of the almost 50% of adults who have a skin tag, you know they occasionally hang on your clothes or get snagged on your jewelry, which makes them hurt and bleed.

Where do skin tags develop?

Skin tags have a tendency to congregate in places on your body where your skin folds, creases, or encounters friction. Common areas for skin tags to develop are:

In addition to skin irritation or repetitive rubbing, there are some other theories about why skin tags develop. Doctors and researchers don’t know the exact cause of skin tags, though they are linked to:

Should I remove my skin tags on my own?

The internet is loaded with DIY recipes for snipping, clipping, or yanking off your own skin tags. While it may seem tempting (but painful!), it’s best to trust our skilled team at Radiance MedSpa DC to remove them properly and safely. 

Though they seem hollow, your skin tags contain nerve cells and fat cells, and are attached to fibrous stalks. That’s why your medical aestheticians recommend professional cauterization if you choose to remove your skin tags.

How cauterization works 

Before your provider removes your skin tags, she looks them over carefully to ensure they are indeed skin tags and not warts or cancerous moles. To get rid of the skin tags, she numbs them with a local anesthetic and guides a heated wire over the stem of the skin tag to detach it from your body. The electrical device also serves to cauterize, or seal, the area, so the bleeding is minimal and there’s little chance for scarring.

The team at Radiance MedSpa DC in the Dupont Circle of Washington, DC performs hundreds of skin tag removal procedures each year. It’s so quick and easy that you can come in on your lunch break and return to work, school, or your usual activities right after your appointment.

To remove your skin tags, call Radiance MedSpa DC or use the online scheduling feature to book an appointment at your convenience.

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