What are skin tags?
Skin tags are benign tumor that hangs off the skin and is referred to as a fibroma pendulum.
They look like a little flap of skin connected to the body by a small stalk of tissue called a peduncle.
The most common areas where skin tags occur are in the folds of your skin, such as the eyelids, neck, groin under arms, and upper chest. But can also be found elsewhere on the body. While skin tags can be alarming to see any kind of growth on your skin, these growths are typically harmless.
Skin tags cause no symptoms unless they are repeatedly scratched or rubbed. unfortunately, large skin tags could burst under pressure, shaving, and wearing certain types of jewelry and clothing could cause them to form or rupture.
Although skin tags are generally acquired (not present at birth) and may occur in anyone, more often they arise in adulthood. Both men and women tend to get more skin tags as they age, increasing in prevalence up to age 60.
Are skin tags common?
Studies from the American Osteopathic College of Dermatology indicate skin tags occur in as much as half the adult population. Men and women are both impacted, especially as they age. Even though middle-aged individuals are affected more, anyone can end up developing skin tags. Pregnant women, as their hormones shift, can also develop skin tags. Overweight individuals can also get skin tags, simply because they have more skin friction areas, which contributes to their development.
In reality, some people are more prone to developing skin tags and may have new growths periodically. This is why some individuals require periodic skin tag removal at annual intervals. Electrocautery is a very effective procedure that uses a light electrical current to burn off the skin tags in only one session.
What causes skin tags?
- Being overweight;
- Friction of skin against skin;
- Too much sugar in the blood;
- High levels of cholesterol;
(i.e. All those at risk for diabetes and cardiovascular disease).
While typically skin tags are harmless, current research suggests a strong association between skin tags and metabolic syndrome, including insulin resistance or type 2 diabetes. If insulin resistance is a challenge you face, it means your body cannot push sugar into cells. The blood sugar builds up, causing your body to produce even more insulin as it tries to normalize blood sugar levels. With early detection, this disease can be prevented or treated effectively. You can reduce your risk of skin tags. Studies have shown that even just three skin tags could be linked to an increased risk of diabetes. If you have skin tags, you have an increased likelihood of higher triglycerides, C-reactive proteins (CRP a marker for inflammation), blood sugar, and even more elevated cholesterol. Notice that all of these issues are related to diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
How are skin tags removed?
A skin tag is removed by disconnecting the blood supply quickly and efficiently without anesthesia.
Larger growths may require local anesthesia. Since skin tags are generally harmless are usually removed for aesthetic reasons. This condition can be removed by disconnecting the blood supply.
At Nell Laser Clinic we safely and effectively remove skin tags with Laser or Electrocautery treatments.
How does laser treatment remove skin tags?
A laser is usually used for removing flat tags. This method may require about 3 treatments to make the tag remove completely. The laser beam is selectively absorbed by the pigment of the tags, the flat tag is then destroyed and shed away.
How does electrocautery treatment work?
Electrocautery is a procedure that uses light electrical current to burn the skin tags off. Approximately 1-2 treatments may be needed. A local anesthetic may or may not be required. This method of skin tag removal is a safe and effective method of skin tag removal.
What are warts and what causes them?
A wart is a growth of skin caused by human papillomavirus (HPV), a virus that enters the body usually in an area of broken skin. Because the virus grows fast it causes the layer of skin on top to grow quickly, thus forming a wart. The dark spots seen in a wart are tiny blood vessels that supply the wart with blood.
Where do they grow?
Warts can grow on any part of the body. Common warts often grow on the hands but can grow virtually anywhere. Plantar warts grow on the soles of the feet and can be painful because it is a pressure point.
Are warts contagious?
Yes. HPV (Human Papilloma Virus) can spread to another part of your body by merely touching that area; or you can share personal items like towels, razors, etc. and infect someone else. Although usually painless, it is an aggressive virus that takes months to appear after being infected and, if left untreated, months to disappear.
At Nell Clinic, warts are successfully removed using Nd: Ydg or Coolglide Laser technology of the highest standard from Cutera Laser Company.