When loose collagen fibers have developed in specific areas of the body, they may result in the creation of a skin tag. Skin tags are soft growths that are noncancerous and commonly form in skin fold including those in the eyelids, groin, breasts, armpits, and neck. While we are unsure what actually causes these growths to form, we offer solutions for patients who are concerned about them. While usually harmless, they can be painful or bothersome if they are located in an area where they are often snagged or rubbed against by clothing or jewelry. At this point, many patients want to speak to a professional about removing them.
Are skin tags a health issue?
It is important for patients to know that skin tags are painless, harmless, and are not a sign of a health issue. The concern for removal is often cosmetic, or patients want to have the growth evaluated to ensure it is not a sign of skin cancer. Melanoma is a skin cancer that might look similar in appearance to a skin tag, so an examination and definitive diagnosis is always the first step before removing these growths.
How are skin tags removed?
Skin tag removal should always be done by a dermatological professional to reduce the risk of infection and ensure that the skin tag is not an indication of a more serious problem. Removal of skin tags is done with excision, electric cautery, or cryotherapy (liquid nitrogen). These are often fast and simple solutions that are effective at removing the skin tag and any roots that may burrow deeper into the skin. If there is a concern of skin cancer, our team will take a biopsy and have it further evaluated by a dermatological laboratory for cancerous cells.
Do you want to address skin tags?
If you have skin tags and want to have them removed, connect with Dr. Fiona Wright of Skin MD and Beyond and discuss your options. Her practice is located at 6517 Preston Road in Plano, TX and can be reached at (972) 608-0808. Our professionals are ready and willing to assist new patients in our office with a wide range of medical and cosmetic skin and body concerns.