Safe skin tag removal from a dermatologist in the Fremont area
Even though skin tags are common and completely benign, they can be unsightly and depending on the location, uncomfortable for many patients. Some people are more prone to skin tags due to heredity, obesity, diabetes, and pregnancy. Regardless of the cause of the skin tag, the good news is they can be removed safely and effectively with the help of your Fremont area dermatologist, Dr. Dhawan.
Skin tags are small bundles of fibers, fat cells, and nerve cells covered by skin. They affect both men and women equally and can be found on various parts of the body, most commonly the neck, upper chest, eyelids, armpits, groin, and underneath the breasts. They are generally the result of skin rubbing against skin. When the skin tags are repeatedly rubbed by clothing, shaving, or jewelry, they can become irritated and may even bleed.
Other terms for a skin tags are cutaneous papilloma, cutaneous tag, fibroma molluscum, soft fibroma, or papilloma colli.
Even though skin tags do not require any medical treatment, many patients inquire about safe removal due to aesthetic concerns. Additionally, large skin tags that rub against clothing or jewelry can be bothersome if they are repeatedly irritated.
There are a few different methods used for the safe removal of skin tags. They include:
- Cauterization – the use of heat to remove the tag
- Cryosurgery – the use of liquid nitrogen to freeze off the tag
- Ligitation – interruption of the blood supply to the tag
- Excision – cutting out the tag
Many patients ask us about regrowth of the skin tag. This is a common myth and it is untrue. Once the tag is removed, another one will not "re-grow" in its place.
In general, the removal of skin tags does not require anesthesia, although local anesthetic can be used to make patients comfortable.
In addition to skin tag removal, we offer a wide range of medical and cosmetic dermatology services in our office in Fremont. If you need to make an appointment to have your skin tag removed, or have any other skin concerns you would like to discuss, please call us today to schedule an appointment.
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