About 25% of people get skin tags: fleshy, bothersome dangling pieces of skin that, while harmless, aren’t very attractive. If your skin tags are bothering you, they can be safely removed at Radiance MedSpa DC in the Dupont Circle of Washington, D.C. To learn more about skin tags and make sure that yours are harmless, call or schedule an appointment online.
More of a nuisance than a medical issue, skin tags are growths of hanging skin that are attached to the skin on your neck, eyelid, armpit, or other areas that are frequently rubbed by clothing or other skin. Technically, skin tags are a type of tumor, but don’t let that scare you: they’re noncancerous and very common.
Even though they’re harmless, you may still wish to have your skin tags removed because of how they look or the irritation that they cause when they’re pulled or rubbed. In some cases, they rub off naturally. Others are attached more tightly, so you’ll need the help of a medical professional to remove them without damaging your surrounding skin.
Skin tags grow naturally and usually develop with age. About 25% of people start to grow them around midlife. While skin tags affect men and women equally, you are at a higher risk of developing skin tags if:
Obesity is a risk factor for skin tags because they are often caused by the friction of skin rubbing on other skin. You may have some without even noticing them, or they may be bothersome and irritated.
If your skin tags bleed or are easily pulled, you may wish to have them removed. You can also choose to have them removed if you don’t like how they look. There are several ways that skin tags can be removed with the help of a professional, including:
During cauterization, the skin tag is burned off using heat current.
If you choose not to have your skin tags removed, you’ll need to keep an eye on them. If you see any unusual changes in their size or color, you should contact our office to have them checked.
If you’ve noticed a new skin tag, call or schedule an appointment online at Radiance MedSpa DC to have it examined or removed.