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Skin tags aren’t dangerous, but they can be a nuisance. If you want your skin tags treated, Theodore Gerard A. Caspe, MD, can take care of them in minutes at his Rancho Cucamonga, California, clinic. A quick in-office procedure can restore your appearance and treat those pesky growths for good. Call or book an appointment online today.
A skin tag is a cluster of skin cells that create a flap of skin-colored tissue. It hangs off your body by a thin fleshy stalk.
Although the cause of skin tags is unknown, they often form in skin folds or areas where your skin rubs together, suggesting friction is a contributing factor. Age, weight, and genetic factors also seem to play a role.
Skin tags are commonly found in these areas:
The cells are benign, so skin tags are not dangerous (even if they are bothersome).
Skin tags aren’t dangerous, so it’s not medically necessary to remove them. However, they may create aesthetic concerns and cause discomfort. Noticeable skin tags near the eyes, for example, may make you feel self-conscious. Skin tags on the neck and armpits may become irritated when your clothes rub on them. If your skin tags bother you, Dr. Caspe can treat them quickly and easily.
Although it may be tempting to take care of a skin tag on your own, it’s best to have a doctor treat it for you to prevent infection and scarring. Dr. Caspe can take off the skin tags during an in-office procedure in one of three ways:
Dr. Caspe numbs the area with local anesthetic. He then uses sterile scissors to cut off the skin tag. You may experience minimal bleeding, but a sterile bandage should be enough to control it. Snipping isolates the skin tag.
Using cryotherapy, Dr. Caspe can freeze the skin tag by placing liquid nitrogen on a pair of tweezers and squeezing the stalk. Within 10-14 days, the skin tag will change color and fall off on its own.
Dr. Caspe sends an electric current through an electrode into the skin, targeting the skin cells. Once the skin cells dry up and form a scab, the skin tag will fall off.
Dr. Caspe will give you care instructions after the treatment to prevent infection and scarring. He will also alert you to any potential symptoms that might indicate an infection. It’s important to keep the area clean and covered while it heals to prevent further irritation.
If you’re ready to treat your skin tags, make an appointment online or over the phone.
*Individual results may vary