Skin Tag Treatment
Skin Tag Treatment
Dealing with skin tags? Let our board certified cosmetic laser surgeon, Dr. Dima Ali take care of them. Schedule an appointment today!
Why Choose WellMedica?
Doctor Dima Ali, board certified cosmetic laser surgeon, offers skin tag removal to a number of areas in Virginia including Reston, D.C., Arlington, and other cities in Fairfax county. Our state of the art facility guarantees to treat your skin tags quickly and painlessly. With thousands of happy patients, you can be sure you’re in good hands. Contact us today for more information!
What's the cost?
The cost for skin tag removal is determined by a number of factors including insurance coverage, the amount of skin tags that need to be removed, etc. You can typically expect to pay anywhere from $100-$300 for a session, but prices can widely vary. If you’d like a better estimate, give us a call and we’ll be happy to assist.
Skin Tag Treatment
Skin tags are soft, non-cancerous skin growths that often occur in small, undisclosed places around the body. These are loose, collagen fibers that are often lodged in the thicker skinned parts of your body. Although it isn’t exactly known why skin tags develop, they are very common – affecting over half of the world’s population. They are more prevalent in the elderly, pregnant women, and people with diabetes.
Skin tags are harmless lesions, but may bleed or cause irritation when rubbed or snagged against clothing and jewelry. Some people may find them irritating or bothersome, however, treatment is available in many forms! Here we will address any questions you may have concerning skin tags and how to treat them.
What are Skin Tags?
A skin tag is the most common type of skin bump. They are entirely harmless, but may present cosmetic concerns to some. They are very small, soft, noncancerous growths that typically range in size from 2 millimeters to 1 centimeter. In some cases they may grow to 5 centimeters.
Skin tags are made up of collagen fibers, ducts, nerve cells, and fat cells. They can range from being smooth or irregular in appearance and they can also range in color (from flesh colored or brown). Multiple skin tags may be found in large skin areas. Almost everyone will develop these non-benign growths at some point in their life.
What Causes Skin Tags?
As stated earlier, almost everyone does end up developing these growths at some point in their life. However, it is not exactly clear what causes skin tags. We do know that they are often found in the creases of folds in the skin which may indicate that they appear when skin is rubbed together. They are also more common as we age. Those in the middle-age bracket are the most susceptible to have skin tags. It is also associated with obesity, pregnancy, and diabetes. If one has a genetic predisposition this can also be a factor.
How to Remove Skin Tags
Removing skin tags should always be done by a professional. Although you can remove skin tags at home, we do not recommend it. When done at home, it can cause bleeding and possible infection. We recommend seeing a trained professional to remove a skin tag in order to avoid any risk of bleeding, unnecessary pain, and to ensure a safe removal.
Safe Skin Tag Removal
As mentioned before, if you are considering removing skin tags, it is always best to consult a doctor. In many cases, small skin tags eventually rub off on their own and do not require treatment. Larger ones may stay attached to your skin. In this case, as long as it doesn’t bother you, it may be best to leave it alone. However, if your skin tag hurts, becomes irritated, or is a cosmetic concern, it is best to have it removed professionally.
Some of the most common methods of removing a skin tag include:
- Cryotherapy: Using liquid nitrogen to remove the skin tag (like with warts).
- Surgical removal: Removing a skin tag with a scalpel or medical scissors.
- Electrosurgery: Using light energy to remove a skin tag.
- Ligation: Removing a tag by cutting off the blood supply with surgical thread.
Small skin tags typically do not require anesthesia. However, a local anesthetic may be used to prevent pain or bleeding.
Here at WellMedica, we can use cauterization, cryosurgery, and excision to get rid of skin tags. Cauterization involves burning off the skin tag using electrolysis. We also use cryosurgery which is freezing off a skin tag with liquid nitrogen.
Lastly, we excise these growths by having our Board Certified doctor cut them out with a scalpel. Our doctor will analyze your skin upon arriving to decide what is the best treatment option for you based on your needs and skin type.
When to See A Doctor
During your consultation, a review of medications, skin disorders, scarring and previous laser treatments will be reviewed. Keep in mind that this is an out of pocket expense – this is an elective procedure not covered by insurance.
You will be given specific instructions that will include: staying out of the sun (or tanning booths) before treatment. Tanned skin will not be treated as it increases your risk of burning. This includes spray on tans. You will be asked to stop plucking or waxing for a few weeks prior to treatment and to restrict hair removal to shaving. This is often difficult for those seeking treatment for facial hair but it is a necessity.
You will be told at least 5 treatments will be necessary anywhere from 4-8 weeks apart, depending on the area.
Possible Risk Factors:
Some people may be at a greater risk of developing skin tags. If you are:
- have a genetic predisposition to developing skin tags
- have insulin resistance or type 2 diabetes
- have HPV
Other Possible Concerns
Skin tags don’t become skin cancer like other skin conditions such as warts and moles can resemble skin tags. Since some moles may be cancerous, it’s best to have your skin tags examined by a doctor. Your dermatologist or family doctor will be able to diagnose skin tags. They’ll likely do this through a visual exam. If they have any doubt about the diagnosis, they may also perform a biopsy.