We all envisage to have healthy and spotless skin. However, some things just aren’t under our control. Remember the last time you saw that bumpy skin tag on your body and wished it could just magically disappear? Well, this is what skin issues do to you. They make you self conscious. Here is where we offer to help. At London Dermatology Clinic, we know that skin problems can really affect you. Not only your appeal but also your confidence. In this blog we will be talking about skin tags, skin tag removal and what are the available treatments.
What are Skin Tags?
Skin tags are raised bumps, made from skin tissue which may vary in size. These bumps are soft skin like, leaving your skin look textured and bumpy. Typically these benign skin-colored growths mimic a thin, soft balloon suspended on a slender stalk. Skin tags are harmless growths that can range in amount from one to dozens. Both males and females are equally vulnerable to forming skin tags. Obesity tends to be correlated with the production of skin tags. While some skin tags can fall off spontaneously, most of them survive once established. Some people call it ‘skin tabs.’
Early on, skin tags can be as tiny as a flattened pinhead bump. While most tags are typically tiny (2 mm-5 mm in diameter) around one-third to one-half the size of a pencil eraser, certain skin tags can be as large as grapes (1 cm in diameter) or figs (5 cm in diameter).
What triggers tags on the skin, and where do they occur?
What are skin tags is clear to us however the exact cause of skin tags is unclear. Skin tags can appear almost anywhere on your body. However, the neck and armpits are the two most common locations for skin tag. Since these are the body areas where your skin tends to fold. Other common areas of the body which are prone to skin tags are eyelids, upper chest (especially under female breasts), buttocks, and groin folds.
Tags are usually assumed to occur when skin rubs against itself or clothes. Babies that are plump can also grow skin tags in places where the skin rubs against the skin, such as the sides of the neck. Younger children may grow tags in the upper eyelid regions, often in regions where they may rub their eyes. Older children and preteens can grow underarm tags due to friction and excessive skin rubbing from sports.
Hormone elevations, such as those seen during pregnancy, may contribute to the rise in the development of skin tag, and this may be a reason why they are more frequent in pregnant women. Tags are generally harmless, but if unsightly and you wish to consider removal we suggest you visit us so that we can determine whether or not you need them to be treated and if so what the best method of removal would be. Skin tags that are disturbing, either in appearance or irritating from friction, can be easily removed by our expert dermatologists or plastic surgeons.
What signs and symptoms are associated with skin tags?
With the exception of the cosmetic appearance, skin tags usually do not cause any physical pain or irritation. These tiny skin growths normally cause symptoms when they are regularly irritated (e.g., by the collar or in the groin). Cosmetic considerations are the most common explanation for skin tag removal. We suggest to undergo skin tag removal if you experience the following symptoms:
- It has become irritated and red as a result of bleeding (hemorrhage) or black as a result of twisting.
- Loss of skin tissues (necrosis).
Often clothes, jewelry, pets, or seat belts may snag them, causing pain or discomfort. Overall, these are typically benign growths with no cancer (malignant) potential.
Occasionally, the tag can fall off spontaneously without any pain or discomfort. This may occur after the tag has twisted itself at the base of the stalk, interrupting the flow of blood to the tag, which causes it to dry and fall off.
Can you avoid the development of skin tags?
You can’t prevent the development of skin tags, but besides skin tag treatment, taking certain measures may reduce your chances of developing them. You should wear soft fabrics, for example, and avoid repetitive movements. Stop wearing jewelry if you spot skin tags showing around the necklace or another piece. You should also be vigilant to maintain a healthy weight and keep diabetes and other systemic health problems under control. These prevention steps could be especially important if you are already genetically predisposed to forming skin tag.
Are there any creams that eliminate skin tags?
There are currently no medically licensed skin tag removal creams available. Usually, skin tags are extracted by physical methods and to reduce the risks of bleeding, infection and scarring we recommend seeking a qualified physician to treat. It is not advisable to use unrecognised products such as wart removers, tea tree oil, nail polish, toothpaste, or hair removal creams ( a lot of people have reported using it and making the skin tag even worse). Trial use of unrecognised creams can cause irritation and potential secondary complications.
What care choices are available for you?
If you decide to remove a skin tag, we will consider surgical excision or shaving as appropriate. We may also use heat (electrocautery) or cold (cryosurgery) to remove tags from the skin. We can use a combination of surgical excision with heat or cold to stop bleeding and reduce scarring.
Schedule a consultation at London Dermatology Clinic
If you are looking for dermatologists near you to remove one or more skin tags or explore your care options, we’d love to hear from you. To get started book an consultation with us and one of our local team members will soon be in contact to finalise your appointment details. Get rid of those pesky skin tags and say hello to your flawless skin!