Skin tags are harmless flaps of excess skin that often accompany the aging process, though why they affect some and not others isn’t known. Removing skin tags isn’t tricky, painful, or time-consuming, and can be done in virtually any medical office.
About skin tags
Skin tags also called acrochordons are benign flesh-colored growths that affect about half of the American adults. They are not cancers or precursors to cancer but are more prevalent with age. Certain population are more prone to develop these benign skin lesions such as those with diabetes.
Skin tags are generally harmless and are fairly simple to remove. Fortunately, skin tags are simple to diagnose and remove. Talk to the skin tag specialists at PureLee Redefined in Colorado Springs, CO if your skin tags are unsightly in appearance or catch on your clothes.
Where do skin tags come from?
There is no definitive answer to these questions but there is an association with insulin resistance syndromes such as diabetes, being overweight, and polycystic ovarian syndrome. Skin tags are more common in body areas subject to frequent friction such as armpits or body skin folds.
Deciding to treat skin tags
There’s no medical urgency to remove skin tags. You should consider having your skin tags removed if you are not pleased with the appearance or they rub on your clothing.
Skin tag removal techniques
Skin tags sometimes fall off spontaneously. Skin tag removals are simple and safe, but should be done by an experienced medical professional.
Electrocautery is a common technique employed for skin tag removal, but the best approach is usually evident upon a thoughtful examination of your skin. Skin tags attached by a stalk can often be removed by a medical professional with a pair of medical scissors. A topical anesthetic such as lidocaine with epinephrine can be used to numb the area and minimize bleeding. may be snipped off with medical scissors. Discomfort is usually minimal in experienced hands and healing usually occurs quickly, without excessive scarring.
Your treatment depends on the size, number, and location of skin tags being treated. Dr. Kenya Lee and Dr. Marvin Lee can advise you of the best choice for your situation. So call us at 719.452.8541 or request an appointment online today.