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Doctor insights on: Skin Tags Removal

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Dr. Deborah Cole-Sedivy
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Skin Tags (Definition)

Skin tags (acrochordons) are soft outpouchings of skin that may be caused by skin friction. They may grown under the arms or breasts & on neck, ...Read more


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Bleeding skin tags?

Bleeding skin tags?

Skin tags: Skin tags are simply redundant skin that cause protuberances, often around areas that are frequently rubbed by clothing or are traumatized by friction. They often occur around the neck, under the arms and on the buttocks. When these skin tags get traumatized, they can get inflamed and very painful, or they can bleed. They can usually be easily removed under local anesthesia in a doctor's office. ...Read more

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Do cosmetic surgeons remove anal skin tags?

Do cosmetic surgeons remove anal skin tags?

Anal Skin tags : This is a anorectal problem and most of the colorectal surgeons and some general surgeons will be able to help with this. Cosmetic surgeons are not a good choice for this procedures. Best to you. ...Read more

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Can my gynecologist remove underarm skin tags?

Can my gynecologist remove underarm skin tags?

Maybe: Skin tags are easy to remove. Any doctor with the proper sterile instruments could do it. Some gynecologist prefer not to treat things that are not related directly to their specialty. You primary care doctor or a dermatologist or a plastic surgeon could definitely remove them. ...Read more

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Skin tag, cancer or ingrown hair?

Skin tag, cancer or ingrown hair?

Neither: Skin tag (medical term is acrochordon) is a small benign tumor that forms primarily in areas where the skin forms creases, such as the neck, armpit, and groin. They may also occur on the face, usually on the eyelids. Acrochorda are harmless and typically painless, and do not grow or change over time. ...Read more

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Remove facial wart?

Remove facial wart?

FACIAL WARTS: Facial warts, actually called "flat warts, " are sometimes difficult to eliminate. Dermatologists usually freeze them off with liquid nitrogen. (i do not recommend that you try this yourself!) there are some prescription products that are being used for these and your dermatologist will know about them. Sometimes castor oil, on a q-tip, rubbed in gently a couple of times a day may help. ...Read more

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Skin removal surgery--what skin can be removed and where are scars?

Skin removal surgery--what skin can be removed and where are scars?

Scar location: The scars from skin removal surgery depends on the location and amount of skin to be removed. The more skin that needs to be removed the longer the scar length will be. Scars are usually hidden in inconspicuous locations - along the panty line, the inner arm, groin, or inner thigh. ...Read more

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Do skin tags grow back once removed?

Do skin tags grow back once removed?

Depends: Skin tags are common small benign growths. Removal is simple with a scissors or scalpel. Incomplete removal can lead to recurrence, but over aggressive removal is not appropriate either as more scarring may result. ...Read more

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Are skin tags harmful?

Are skin tags harmful?

No: No they are not harmful but they can be somewhat irritating because of their location. They tend to grow around neck lines, bra lines, and underwear lines. Your doctor can easily remove them but insurance often wont pay since it is considered cosmetic. ...Read more

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Skin tags inside nose?

Skin tags inside nose?

Skin tags: Not usually. But sometimes a person can have filliform warts inside their nose. See your doctor or a dermatologist to check them out. ...Read more

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Skin cancer under hair, possible?

Skin cancer under hair, possible?

Sometimes: Skin cancers most often develop on areas of sun-exposed skin including the scalp, face, lips, ears, neck, chest, arms, dorsum(top) of hands, and legs. However they can form in areas that are rarely sun-exposed such as the palms, fingernail/toenail beds, and even the genitals. Not all skin changes are due to skin cancer. A physician can check any skin changes that worry you and make suggestions. ...Read more

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Can genital skin tags spread?

Can genital skin tags spread?

Not likely: Skin tags do not tend to spread, but can occur in nearby areas. If problems are spreading, be certain they are not viral in nature, like warts. Suggest you visit your ob-gyn for examination to confirm. They can easily remove tags for you. ...Read more

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Does nail polish work on skin tag removal?

Not recomanded: Not to mu knowledge> skin tags can be removed easily by your doctor or a dermatologist, it should not be a home procedure. What you think is a skin tag can be a serious skin condition. Please let your doctor evasluate. ...Read more

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Can skin tags grow back?

No but more occur: If completely excised, these do not recur. However, the conditions that predispose to these (moist creases/folds) generally create co dictionary where new skin tags will appear ...Read more

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Can laser hair removal lead to skin cancer?

Can laser hair removal lead to skin cancer?

Not likely: Anything is possible but laser hair removal has been very popular worldwide for over ten years and with the number of people enjoying it we haven't observed a jump in skin cancer. The wavelengths of light typically used for hair removal are in the range of 550-1100nm while those of uva and b, typically felt to cause skin cancer are in the 10-300nm range. ...Read more

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Are my white wart removal scars permanent?

Are my white wart removal scars permanent?

Posible: Any procedure will leave a scar , some times visible , or non visible microscopic scar. ...Read more

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Can skin tags become inflamed?

Yes: Skin tags can and frequently do become inflamed. Any dermatologist or plastic surgeon can treat these for you. ...Read more

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Can cosmetic surgery flatten out small skin lumps and remove moles without any scarring?

Can cosmetic surgery flatten out small skin lumps and remove moles without any scarring?

Without scars? No: Any time skin lumps, bumps, or lesions are removed (whether it be surgically, chemically or with a laser), it will leave a scar. If done expertly, and carefully, the scars will be well-hidden, and imperceptible to friends or casual observers. You will likely always know they are there, simply because you know what was done. Before you remove anything, always rule out skin cancer first. ...Read more

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What are the health risks of hemorrhoid skin tag removal?

Often nothing: There is no risk from removing these skin tags other than possibility of superficial infection and pain. ...Read more

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What are the risks for skin tag removal of hemorrhoids?

No real risks: Except infection which is minimal. The real problem is that in healing after surgery, skin tags can reform, they are usually smaller but your bottom will probably never look like a baby's bottom. Additionally, insurance may consider it cosmetic and therefore would not cover the surgery. I frankly discourage patient s from having the tags removed. If hygeine is due to pasty smeary stools, removing. ...Read more

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Who should I see for skin tag removal to get rid of acrochordons?

Who should I see for skin tag removal to get rid of acrochordons?

Derm or primary care: Your primary care physician or dermatologist can take care of your skin tags. They can be frozen with liquid nitrogen or snipped off. ...Read more

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Does nail polish work on skin tag removal?

Not recomanded: Not to mu knowledge> skin tags can be removed easily by your doctor or a dermatologist, it should not be a home procedure. What you think is a skin tag can be a serious skin condition. Please let your doctor evasluate. ...Read more

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How long will it take to perform a mole, cyst, lesion and skin tag removal?

One visit: Depending on size and location all three could be performed in one session .It could be done in less than approximately 30 minutes. ...Read more

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Do the herbal based compounds widely advertised for skin tag/mole removal work?

Do the herbal based compounds widely advertised for skin tag/mole removal work?

Herbal mole removal: I think that they are a bad idea. Destroying a lesion without being able to examine it pathologically is bad because sometime the most innocuous looking "moles" can be cancer. An amelanotic melanoma will not have any pigment in it and can look like a small reddish bump. It is unlikely that the creams would adequately remove such a lesion.I have seen cancers in "skin tags" and other unexpected spot. ...Read more

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What causes skin tags?

Skin tags: Bening lession. Friction of skin against skin is believed to be the cause. Is more common in obese people , usually on the underarm/axilla-trunk area , and neck area. ...Read more

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Are skin tags harmful?

No: No they are not harmful but they can be somewhat irritating because of their location. They tend to grow around neck lines, bra lines, and underwear lines. Your doctor can easily remove them but insurance often wont pay since it is considered cosmetic. ...Read more

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What causes skin tags?

Friction and rubbing: Some people tend to get them and other people do not. We don't know why that is. The occur in places that the skin experiences friction or rubbing but why some get them and others don't we don't know. ...Read more

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Can skin tags grow back?

No but more occur: If completely excised, these do not recur. However, the conditions that predispose to these (moist creases/folds) generally create co dictionary where new skin tags will appear ...Read more

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How do I treat skin tags ?

Skin tags: Skin tags should be seen by a dermatologist or plastic surgeon who will discuss options on how to get rid of them. ...Read more

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Can skin tags be dangerous?

No.: Skin tags are small 'natural' benign growths appear in skin folds like neck, armpits(axillae), under-breasts and groin. Harmless. ...Read more

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Why am i getting skin tags?

See below: A skin tag is a tiny, benign, outpouching of skin that is typically connected to the underlying skin by a thin stalk. Skin tags look like tiny bits of "hanging" skin and typically occur in sites where clothing rubs against the skin or where there is skin-to-skin friction, such as the underarms, neck, upper chest, and groin. ...Read more

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How fast do skin tags grow?

Variable: This can vary greatly. Sometimes you are born with a skin tag and it never changes size. ...Read more

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How do you remove skin tags?

How do you remove skin tags?

In all honesty...: ...I discourage people from doing this because of risk of bleeding, infections and scarring. That said, if you're going to do it anyway, clean the skin and a very sharp pair of small nail scissors with alcohol, and snip them off. Big ones can bleed quite a lot, so let your doc do those. An old folk remedy is to tie thread around them, but that seldom works. Otc "paint on" products are worthless. ...Read more